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One of the best things about vodka is its versatility. You can mix it with soda, juices, Bloody Mary Mix, and the list goes on. But the versatility doesn’t end there- turns out there are tons of practical uses for vodka that don’t involve drinking it! When you finish our list, you’re going to wonder why you don’t keep a spray bottle of vodka with the Windex and the 409!
Prevents poison ivy: Pour it on your skin right after contact with the poisonous vine and it will wash away the toxic urushiol oil before you break out in an ichy rach. While rubbing alcohol is more effective, it’s probably not in your pocket flask.
Freshen fabrics: Next time you run out of Febreeze, head to the liquor cabinet instead of the store. Spritz cloth with vodka (mixed with some water) and allow it to dry in a well-ventilated area. The vodka will kill odor-causing bacteria, and has no odor once dry!
Repel insects: Swarms of biting bugs can really ruin the fun of the great outdoors. Put vodka in a spray bottle and spray bugs dead, or spray yourself for a non-toxic alternative to DEET-based repellants, which have been accused of being unsafe.
Kill mold: Interior mold is a problem. It’s not only ugly; it’s terrible for your air quality. Rather than killing toxic mold with toxic chemicals, reach for your big plastic bottle of Burnetts. Use a spray bottle to apply the vodka to problematic areas, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then scrub with a course bristled brush to wipe it away.
Eliminate stains: It’s happened to the best of us: you’re at the bar watching the big game, halfway through a plate of nachos when a chip breaks and all the sudden you’re wearing a gooey mess. You can pray someone has a Tide pen in her purse, or you can just blot the spot with vodka. Next time you wash the shirt, it’ll come out looking like new.
Remove adhesive: Say you just bought a used car and unlike the previous owner, you don’t want to be a moving billboard for Kerry’s ’04 campaign. You finally get the bumper sticker off but you’re left with the ugly remnants of sunbaked adhesive. Vodka to the rescue, again! Soak a clean cloth with vodka and apply some elbow grease. The vodka will break down the adhesive, making it easier to remove.
Zap zits: Using a cotton ball, apply directly to your face. It will work as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
Sterilize a wound: It's going to hurt like hell, but it will work. Don't go adding it to your first aid and zombie survival kits yet, though. You're better off cleaning a wound with clean water or sterile saline, if you have the choice.