15 Unusual Uses for Vodka

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Read on for the most unusual uses for vodka.

Remove Stains

Vodka can help you to remove grass, red wine, ink and some food stains from carpet and upholstery. Dab some vodka on to the stained area and let it sit for a minute or two. (Be sure not to use flavored vodkas, since they could contain hidden additives.)

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Make Flowers Last

Pouring a bit of vodka into a vase of flowers will help to prevent them from wilting so soon. The vodka interferes with the plant's process of ripening.

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Keep Hair Clean for Longer

You can add an ounce of vodka to your shampoo to help fight the build up of oil.

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Remove Band-Aids without Pain

Vodka helps to dissolve the adhesive in Band-Aids. Apply vodka to the Band-Aid with a cotton ball and you will be able to remove it without fear!

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Help Alleviate Poison Ivy Sting

If you've come down with poison ivy and you're in a pinch, pour vodka over the itchy skin to help remove the poisonous oils from the area.

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Heal Cold Sores

Applying vodka to a cold sore can help it to dry out. Just use a Q-Tip to apply it!

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Make a Natural Pesticide

You can use vodka to make a homemade pesticide. Mix an ounce of vodka, two cups of water and a few drops of liquid dish soap into a spray bottle to eliminate weeds.

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Clean Eyeglasses

Pour a little bit of vodka onto a clean soft towel and wipe off glasses. The vodka will help to kill germs and clean the eyewear.

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Use as a Mouthwash

You can even make mouthwash with vodka! Just mix nine tablespoons of ground cinnamon with a cup of vodka. Seal the mixture in an airtight container for two weeks and then strain the liquid through a coffee filter. Combine the mouthwash with warm water and rinse. (Be sure not to swallow this!)

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Remove Foot Odor

You can remove foot odor by soaking your feet in vodka!

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Numb Aching Tooth

Next time you get a tooth ache, swish a shot of vodka over the affected tooth. It will help to numb the gums.

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Clean Windows

Dilute some vodka with water and pour it into a spray bottle. Wipe down the windows with newspaper and the vodka solution for a chemical-free cleaner.

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Make Toner

Mix a quarter teaspoon of vodka with a freshly brewed cup of green tea for a DIY toner. Apply the vodka toner with a cotton ball.

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Get a Flakier Pie Crust

For a delicious and flakey pie crust, substitute a tablespoon of vodka for every third tablespoon of water. This will add moisture to the crust without using too much water, which can give the dough a rubbery feel.

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Clean Jewelry

You can use vodka to clean your diamonds, emeralds or other crystallized gemstones by soaking them in the alcohol for five minutes. Be sure to rinse them after and then let them dry.

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Vodka may be a popular alcohol, but you may not know that it's also a great household cleaner. In addition to being a great disinfectant, vodka can help to remove stains, clean glass and even numb toothaches. You can even transform the alcohol into mouthwash!

Check out the slideshow above for 15 unusual uses for vodka.

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