I’M JUST CURIOUS: Other uses for booze

by Debbie Walker

I do enjoy discovering the different uses for ordinary things, some I cannot imagine how people discover these uses. Seems a lot of the uses come up just by accident such as using Preparation H for the bags under our eyes. That one I just do not think I want to know.

The information I am passing on today may come as a disappointment to some of you. However, some will be relieved to discover a use for left over vodka, whiskey, etc. if it is not your drink of choice but a bottle is left at your house. The following will be those suggestions:


Washing clothes: kills bacteria, odorless and colorless. Put some in a spray bottle and spray on clothes before hanging them to dry. Great freshener for the. Think I’ll try that one.

Shinier hair: Single shot of vodka mixed in your shampoo bottle. Stimulates hair growth, remove toxins, and gets frizzy hair under control.

Dandruff Shampoo: Combine a tablespoon of dried rosemary and a cup of vodka, strain the liquid and then rub into your scalp to remove dandruff.

Lighter Pie Crust: Replace one-third of the water with vodka to create a pie crust that is softer and more enjoyable.

Cure Poison Ivy: Just pour a little bit of vodka on the afflicted area.

Beautify face: Mix a cup of green tea with one-fourth teaspoon of vodka, then dabbing the liquid over your face with a cotton ball, it can help close pores and tighten your skin.

Toothache: Swirl a shot of vodka around your mouth, especially around the painful area to disinfect it and numb the pain a bit.

Removes Stains: To remove ink, red wine, and other food stains. Apply with vodka-soaked rag and dab area gently.

Relaxes Muscles: (I bet!) Combine water and vodka in a zip-lock bag and then freeze the entire thing. Vodka prevents it from freezing completely, slush is great for aching muscle.

Stinky Feet: (Don’t hurt the messenger!) Pour some on your toes.

Laundry: On vacation keep clothes smelling fresh by filling a spray bottle with vodka and spraying your clothes. Leave the now clean clothes out to dry in a well-ventilated area.

Repels Insects: Spray bottle and vodka. Spraying it on will defeat mosquitoes and other insects who like the taste of your skin. (If a policeman stops you and figures out what it is, just tell him it’s for medical purposes!)

Cleans cutlery: Soak the pieces for about five minutes in vodka before rinsing and drying off.

Cuts rust: Soak rusted items like screws, scissors, etc., in vodka for a few hours before rubbing rust off.

Dries out clogged ears: vodka can dry out your ears after swimming. Put a few drops of vodka in to dry them out.

Cut flowers live longer: A teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of vodka to the water in your flower vase will keep the flowers looking good longer.

I am running out of room so I will just add vodka at below 60 percent alcohol as a disinfectant.

Spare your liver and put the vodka to better use! (Just being funny, I hope!)

I’m just curious if you have ever used any of these. Let me know, please. Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org.


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