V342: Vodka

This list from Fake Plastic Fish seemed an apt follow-up to the 60 uses for vinegar. In fact, a similar list somewhere suggested that the two are pretty close, but the vinegar is cheaper.

21 Uses for Vodka
  1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves the adhesive.
  2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
  3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.
  4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
  5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry.
  6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
  7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
  8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill them.
  9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziplock freezer bag, and freeze for a slushy, refreezable ice pack for aches, pain, or black eyes..
  10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.
  11. Make your own mouthwash by mixing nine tablespoons powered cinnamon with one cup vodka. Seal in an airtight container for two weeks. Strain through a coffee filter. Mix with warm water and rinse your mouth. Don't swallow.
  12. Using a q-tip, apply vodka to a cold sore to help it dry out.
  13. If a blister opens, pour vodka over the raw skin as a local anesthetic that also disinfects the exposed dermis.
  14. To treat dandruff, mix one cup vodka with two teaspoons crushed rosemary, let sit for two days, strain through a coffee filter and massage into your scalp and let dry.
  15. To treat an earache put a few drops of vodka in your ear. Let set for a few minutes. Then drain. The vodka will kill the bacteria that is causing pain in your ear.
  16. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
  17. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
  18. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
  19. To remove cigarette smoke in your home or office mix one part vodka and three parts water and spray the clothing, then launder and let dry.
  20. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.
  21. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
On top of all of these benefits and uses, let's not forget it is a centuries old method of self-medicating and recreation. The new wave of green organic marketing gives us all kinds of new Vodka products, plus flavors and presentation. This image makes me want to drink.

Now before you or I rush out and buy a fifth. Remind ourselves there are possible down sides . . .

I vote to not even have it in the house if there are clear indications the following is the potential outcome. This is really creative as a statement of truth in advertising.

Rows of Vodka

Vodka Cocktails

I have lost the source of the Smirnoff home ads.


lavonne said...

Great tips, thanks! I've been using vodka for cleaning, when sanitizing is required, because I can't tolerate the fumes from rubbing alcohol. It's also good to use on a piece of cloth in a baggie when you need a hand sanitizer.

katecontinued said...

I was most fascinated by the idea that it would stop mold and rust. Now that is valuable as I live along a seacoast.