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Vodka has been enjoyed since at least the early Middle Ages, and is well known as one of the world’s most popular spirits.  It’s a pure spirit and does not freeze; I know this because I keep a bottle in my freezer at home.  Vodka also has a long history of use as medicine, having been sold by druggists to cure everything from infertility to colic and the plague.   I don’t know about that, but it certainly is useful.
Here are some uses that I’ve collected off the internet that make for interesting reading.


  1. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the poison oil from your skin.
  2. You can keep your clothes smelling fresher with vodka. Simply spritz your duds with the stuff, then hang to dry in a well-ventilated area. (Do a spot-test first to be safe.)
  3. Vodka kills odour-causing bacteria, but doesn’t leave a scent when dry.
  4. Add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to the water in your flower vase. It should help keep your flowers fresh longer.
  5. Pour a little of the saucy spirit in a spray bottle and squirt on the little buggers, or yourself as a repellent
  6. 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.
  7. Use vodka on your laundry. High-proof alcohol has a solvent effect and can work very well for removing some types of stains, including grass and vomit stains. Simply blot the stain with a clean cloth soaked in vodka.
  8. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.
  9. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
  10. 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.  It also leaves a nice shine.
  11. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
  12. 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.
  13. Great for getting rid of soap scum.
  14. 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.
  15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
  16. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves the adhesive.
  17. 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.
  18. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziplock freezer bag, and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for aches, pain, or black eyes.
  19. Using a cotton bud , apply vodka to a cold sore to help it dry out.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 then mix with warm water and rinse your mouth. Don’t swallow.
  22. To cure foot odour, wash your feet with vodka.
  23. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
  24. If a blister opens, pour vodka over the raw skin as a local anaesthetic that also disinfects the exposed dermis.
  25. Vodka applied to a cold sore will help it dry out.
  26. It’s easy to get your chrome, glass and porcelain fixtures shining like the top of the Chrysler Building. Moisten a soft, clean cloth with vodka, then apply a little elbow grease.
  27. Kills weeds (poor, misunderstood things)–if you’ve got them and don’t want them, vodka can kill them. Vodka attacks broad-leaf weeds, like dandelions, chickweed, by breaking down their protective coverings which leads to lethal dehydration. Fill a spray bottle with an ounce of vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and two cups of water. Spray on weeds, in the sunlight, and wilt away they will.
  28. Keep Aphids off houseplants. Wash off houseplants with tap water then dab the leaves with a cotton ball dipped in vodka. Do not use alcohol on delicate plants like African Violets.
  29. Remove hairspray from mirrors. Soak a soft, clean cloth with vodka and wipe mirrors clean.
  30. Clean a chandelier right where it hangs! Spray the chandelier with a solution of four teaspoons of vodka to one pint of water. Put down a cloth or plastic sheet to catch the drips.
  31. Clean jewellery and cutlery. Soak it in vodka for five minutes, rinse and dry.
  32. Remove the glue left behind by stickers and labels. Rub the glue with a soft, clean cloth soaked in vodka.
  33. To get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke, mix one part vodka to three parts water, spray and let dry.


I think most of these suggestions are great, but I’m saving the cheap vodka for that, and will leave my expensive vodka in the freezer for my weekend Martini!


See also our posts on creative ways with old newspapers, other uses for baking soda and coffee grounds.

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2 Responses to “33 uses for Vodka”

  • Thank you for posting this interesting article. I knew there had to be something more to Vodka than a mellow mood maker. I agree, I would have to use the cheap stuff for this list. Have you tried Pinnacle Vodka for a nice weekend martini? The flavors make a wonderful and easy treat.

    When in Tennessee, the drinks on me!

    Peace -
    Terrific Tonya Heathco
    National Seizure Disorders Foundation

  • This is so interesting! Although we do not drink vodka at home reading your mail gave e so many ideas! Thankyou!

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