Home Remedies using Vodka

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Vodka is a distilled spirit that possesses high alcohol content. Because of this, the liquor has the potential to help you clean, easily complete everyday tasks, and treat health concerns. Before you make the next martini, you may want to become familiar with some of the easy home remedies for vodka available to you.

Vodka Home Remedies

Vodka dates back to the early Middle Ages and has become one of the most popular spirits in the world. Over the years, creative minds have learned how to use alcoholic beverages to their advantage, especially in the world of medicine. One thing is for sure, you’ll never look at vodka the same after you try some of the following home remedies for vodka:

a) Bandage Removal:

The secretions and fluids associated with a wound can make a bandage stick to the skin. Removing the covering can become a painful process. However, pouring vodka over a bandage will dissolve the adhesive and make it easier to peel away.

b) Eyeglass Cleaner:

Not only will vodka clean your eyeglasses, but it will also kill any bacteria that can cause eye issues in the future.

c) Razor Care:

To prevent a rusty razor and eliminate a buildup of bacteria, soak your blade in a cup filled with vodka after a shave.

d) Skin Cleanser:

Vodka diluted in water possesses astringent properties that can cleanse the skin and tighten pores when applied using a cotton ball.

e) Sticker Removal:

You may have been able to peel off the sticker from a window or other surface, but the lingering glue is often a stubborn material to remove. Rub the residue with a washcloth soaked in vodka.

f) Treat a Sore Throat:

The alcohol content of vodka can numb a sore throat. Add one tablespoon of vodka to a glass of warm water, and then gargle.

g) Eliminate Foot Odor:

Get rid of smelly foot odor by pouring a shot of vodka on your feet, and rubbing the liquid into the skin.

h) Treat Lipstick Stains:

Soak the tip of a washcloth in vodka and rub into a lipstick-stained piece of clothing. Follow up by placing the garment in the washing machine.

i) Soothe a Toothache:

The pain of a toothache can become unbearable. Swish a shot of vodka around your mouth to ease the discomfort. Allow the vodka to soak into your gums.

j) A Preservative:

When making home remedies for the skin, the typical mask or treatment lasts about one week. However, when you add a bit of vodka before placing in a storage container or bottle, you can extend the life of a mask to last a month [1]. You can also make your bouquet of flowers last longer by adding a couple of drops of vodka and one teaspoon of sugar to the water in your vase. Refill with fresh water and the remedy on a daily basis.

k) Mouthwash:

Mix 8 ½ tablespoons of powdered cinnamon, one cup 100-proof vodka, and one cup of water to create a concoction that fights bad breath. Store the mixture in an airtight container and securely seal. Allow the remedy to sit for two weeks – making sure to shake the ingredients two times per day. Strain the liquid with a coffee filter. To use, add one tablespoon of the tincture to a glass of warm water, and stir. Rinse out your mouth with the remedy for fresh breath.

l) Fight Poison Ivy:

If you come in contact with poison ivy, pour vodka (100 proof) on the skin as soon as possible, which will help rid the urushiol oil responsible for causing intense itching.

m) Freshen Clothes:

Spritz vodka on your clothing and hang in a well-ventilated room to kill the bacteria that causes odor to develop.

n) Shiny Hair:

Encourage healthy, shiny hair by adding a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of your favorite shampoo.

o) Cleaning Fixtures:

When your chrome, glass and porcelain fixtures are in need of rejuvenation, moisten a soft, clean cloth with vodka for a bit of tender loving care.

p) Remove Mold:

To enjoy cleaner air quality and remove the appearance of unsightly mold, fill a small spray bottle with vodka. Spritz on the remedy and let sit on the mold for 15 minutes. Use an old toothbrush to scrub away the mold.


[1] Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder and Susan Campos; pg. 26