1. Relieve poison ivy itch.
Vodka can wash away urushiol oil, the stuff on the plant that makes you blister and itch, just pour it over the infected area.
2. Polish metal and chrome fixtures.
Beer actually makes a great polish for all of your household metal fixtures. Just wipe it down with a damp cloth after polishing to remove the smell of booze.
3. Freshen up stale linens.
Mix together 2oz of Vodka, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 10-15 drops of essential oils, and some water in a spray bottle to make your own fresh linen spray.
4. Feed your potted plants.
The sugars and minerals in beer can help houseplants grow big. Pour a little shot from your can into the soil every couple of days, and watch as your potted plants flourish.
5. Clean your windows.
Mix some cheap high proof vodka and water in a spray bottle as a pseudo Windex and use some newspaper to wipe down your windows.
6. Polish your pipes.
Soaking a pipe cleaner in whiskey works great for brushing off burnt ash and gunk from your tobacco pipe, or “tobacco” pipe.
7. Freshen up your flowers.
Mix vodka and a spoonful of sugar (some say baking soda also works) with the water in your vase to keep flowers looking fresher longer.
8. Remove the onion smell from your cutting boards.
Wipe your cutting board down with whiskey to neutralize the lingering scent of raw onions
9. Eliminate biting insects.
Just spray a mixture of water, vodka, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils onto your skin to repel mosquitoes and such.
10. Shine up your silver and diamonds.
Just soak your jewelry in gin then rinse and dry.
11. Soothe a jellyfish sting.
You don’t need to have someone pee on you, just pour some vodka over the sting.
12. Stave off red wine stains.
Soak red wine stains in white wine, then cover the stain with a thick baking soda paste. Let it sit a few hours, then wash as usual.
13. De-frizz and de-flake your hair.
Mix vodka with your favorite conditioner to tame frizzy locks.
14. Eliminate mold and mildew.
Instead of harsh chemical sprays, put some cheap vodka in a spray bottle and apply directly to mold and mildew. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before scrubbing with a toothbrush, if necessary.
15. Make a perfectly flaky pie crust.
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into cubes
1/4 cup chilled vodka
1/4 cup cold water
- Whisk flour and salt together in a mixing bowl.
- Cut the cold butter and then the shortening into the flour mixture with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle vodka and water over the top of the mixture. Fold together ingredients until mixture sticks together to form a tacky dough. Divide dough into 2 halves; flatten each half into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour to 2 days.
- When you are ready to make your pie, remove dough from refrigerator, roll each piece out for your pie from the middle to the edge. Bake according to your pie directions.
16. Remove a band-aid without pain.
Just soak your bandaged skin in vodka for a few minutes before removing the bandage.
17. Remove sticker adhesive.
Apply grain alcohol (like Everclear) to soften up and remove old stickers, along with that nasty glue spot they often leave behind.
18. Moisturize your skin.
Red wine is full of antioxidants that are wonderful for your skin. Use leftover wine as a toner or dump it into your bath water and soak for a baby soft epidermis.
19. Get the grease out.
Using a combo of white wine and baking soda will remove grease stains from your driveway or garage floor