Sunday, April 26, 2015


I came across these interesting little tidbits of household helpful hints the other day and thought I'd share them with you.  Most people agree that vodka doesn't have a smell or taste.  However, to me it smells and tastes like rubbing alcohol.  Therefore, I find these uses for vodka far more viable than drinking it.  :)

Remove a Band-Aid
If you've got a Band-Aid you want to remove without the pain of ripping it off, dab some vodka over the adhesive part so that it comes off with more ease. This method also works with stickers.

Treat Poison Ivy
If you think your skin has come into contact with poison ivy, pour vodka over the affected area immediately. Some say the stronger the alcohol, the better. Rubbing alcohol can also be used.

Freshen Laundry
Spritz some vodka on your clothes to freshen them up. Vodka kills odor-causing bacteria and dries with no smell. Be sure to keep the clothing in a well-ventilated area.

Ease a Toothache
Got a toothache? You should go to the dentist, but until then swish some vodka in your mouth. It will help disinfect the affected area and also numb the pain a little.

Insect Repellent
Pour some vodka into a spray bottle to repel pesky insects. Spray near you or on you, but avoid the eyes!

Keep Flowers Fresh
Mix vodka with a spoonful of sugar or baking soda with water to keep your flowers fresher in the vase for longer.

Tame Frizzy Hair
Mix some vodka into your hair conditioner to tame any frizzy hair and make it shinier. It also might help reduce flakes.

Window Washing
Instead of buying that blue stuff, use vodka to clean your windows. Just mix some cheap, high-proof vodka with water and spray away.

Treat Jellyfish Sting
Stung by a jellyfish? Pour some vodka on it ASAP to disinfect it and calm some of the sting.


Ashantay said...

Amazing! I'm going to try some of these hints. Thanks!

Samantha Gentry said...

Ashantay: I hope they work!

Thanks for your comment.

Debra Doggett said...

I've used vodka to make room deodorizers and household cleaners before. It works pretty well. Now you've given me more ideas for it. Thanks!

Maureen said...

Interesting...but I still like my vodka best in a bloody mary or with club soda ;)

Samantha Gentry said...

Debra: Good to know that they really work.

Thanks for your comment.

Samantha Gentry said...

Maureen: Bloody mary is the first thing I always think of/associate with vodka.

Thanks for your comment.