This week my family and I are adding vodka to our growing list of frugal living tips. I have to confess, when I was reading my families uses for vodka, I couldn’t help but think, hmmmm, I drink this and it can be used to kill mold, clean windows and remove stains. I don’t know if I will ever be able to have a drink that contains vodka again without thinking about that. Before I share all of the fabulous household tips that we came up with, let me make a small but frugal suggestion, don’t use premium vodka, use one of the bottom shelf brands, they are a lot cheaper and work just as well.
- Aches – to soothe, fill a
jar with fresh lavender flowers and top it off with vodka. Let it sit in the
sun for a few days and then rub the liquid on your achy areas.
- Bandage – to remove
painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka.
- Cold Sores – to heal faster,
dab vodka on the sore.
- Cuts – to clean and
disinfect minor wounds, apply vodka.
- Earache – to treat, place a
few drops of vodka into your ear and allow it to remain there for a few minutes
- Fever – to relieve, place a
soft cloth saturated in vodka on your chest.
- Jellyfish Stings– to soothe,
pour vodka on the area.
- Poison Ivy – to minimize the
stinging, apply vodka to the skin immediately after contact.
- Sore Throat – to treat,
gargle with 1 tablespoon of vodka mixed into 8 ounces of warm water.
- Toothache – to numb the
pain, swish an ounce of vodka around in your mouth.
- Hair – to fight buildup, add an ounce of vodka to your
- Hair – to shine, add 1 ½ ounces of vodka to 12 ounces of
- Hair – to control frizziness, add 1 ½ ounces of vodka to 12
ounces of conditioner.
- Hair – to stimulate growth, add 1 ½ ounces of vodka to 12
ounces of shampoo.
- Dandruff – to treat, mix one cup of vodka with 2 teaspoons
crushed rosemary. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of days, then strain
the mixture and massage into your scalp.
- Skin – to make your own toner, add ¼ teaspoon vodka to 8
ounces of brewed green tea.
- Eyeglasses – to clean, wipe
the lenses with a soft cloth that has been dampened with vodka.
- Glass – to shine, clean
glass with a soft rag dipped in vodka.
- Jewelry – to clean
gemstones, soak them inn vodka for 5-10 minutes, then rinse and dry.
- Laundry – to remove stains,
treat the stain with vodka before washing.
- Mold – to clean, spray vodka
on the surface and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Scrub with an old toothbrush.
- Mouthwash – to make your
own, place 3 cinnamon stick in a cup of vodka. Allow it to sit in an airtight
container for two weeks before using.
- Porcelain – to shine, clean
porcelain with a soft rag dipped in vodka.
- Razors – to make them last
longer, place your razors in a glass of vodka after shaving.
- Soap Scum – to remove, scrub
the area with a soft cloth soaked in vodka.
- Sticky Residue – to remove,
soak the area for a few minutes and wipe away.
- Windows – to clean without
streaks, make your window cleaner using equal parts vodka and water in a spray
- Wine Stains – to clean,
spray vodka on the stain. Scrub and blot dry.
- Pies – for flakier crusts, use
vodka instead of water. The vodka evaporates leaving you with a flakier pie.
- Vanilla Extract – make yourown.
- Bees and wasps – to kill,
spray them with vodka.
- Cut Flowers – to make them
last longer, add a teaspoon sugar and a few drops of vodka to the water. Change
- Feet – to clean and
deodorize, soak your feet in vodka.
- Insects – to repel, spray
vodka on your skin.
- Odors – to eliminate, spray
the item with vodka and allow it to dry in a well ventilated area.
- Shoes – to remove odors,
spray a little vodka in them and let them air dry.
- Weeds – to kill, mix 1 ounce
of vodka and a couple of drops of dish soap in 2 cups of water. Spray the weeds
and watch them disappear.