12 Surprising Ways to Use Booze Around the House

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If you have a few drops of alcohol left in glass or you've been given a handle of vodka that you literally have no use for, hold off on pouring the party down the drain until you read these 12 ways to use alcohol around the house. You're welcome.

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If you have a few drops of alcohol left in glass or you've been given a handle of vodka that you literally have no use for, hold off on pouring the party down the drain until you read these 12 ways to use alcohol around the house. You're welcome.

Wash Away Soap Scum

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Soap scum is the regrettable reaction that occurs when hard water and soap meet, and it can be found on sinks, tile, bathroom doors, chrome fixtures and even shower curtains. Because it is a powerful disinfectant, vodka is an effective solution to dissolve soap scum. Simply spray the filmy scum with undiluted vodka, and allow it to set for several minutes before rinsing clean. For stubborn scum stains, try this vodka-based cleaning solution.

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Soap scum is the regrettable reaction that occurs when hard water and soap meet, and it can be found on sinks, tile, bathroom doors, chrome fixtures and even shower curtains. Because it is a powerful disinfectant, vodka is an effective solution to dissolve soap scum. Simply spray the filmy scum with undiluted vodka, and allow it to set for several minutes before rinsing clean. For stubborn scum stains, try this vodka-based cleaning solution.

Remove Sticky Labels

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Why do manufacturers and retailers make price tags and labels so difficult to remove? Even when you soak a jar in warm water, labels rarely come off without additional elbow grease. Make removal so much easier with a little vodka. It weakens the sticky bond between a price tag and the surface it's adhered to, which makes for quick cleanup. Simply saturate a label or price tag with vodka and allow it to work into the sticker for several minutes before lightly scrubbing it away with a kitchen sponge.

Why do manufacturers and retailers make price tags and labels so difficult to remove? Even when you soak a jar in warm water, labels rarely come off without additional elbow grease. Make removal so much easier with a little vodka. It weakens the sticky bond between a price tag and the surface it's adhered to, which makes for quick cleanup. Simply saturate a label or price tag with vodka and allow it to work into the sticker for several minutes before lightly scrubbing it away with a kitchen sponge.

Make Flowers Last

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Is there anything more unfortunate than watching a bouquet of flowers slowly wilt in their vase, especially when they commemorate a special occasion like a wedding anniversary? Vodka can perk up those drooping flowers by inhibiting the ripening gasses emitted by the flowers, and also making the water more acidic so that it can travel up the stem quicker. Mix 1 tbsp of vodka and 1 tsp of sugar into your bouquet's water to extend the life of your gorgeous, cut flowers.

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Is there anything more unfortunate than watching a bouquet of flowers slowly wilt in their vase, especially when they commemorate a special occasion like a wedding anniversary? Vodka can perk up those drooping flowers by inhibiting the ripening gasses emitted by the flowers, and also making the water more acidic so that it can travel up the stem quicker. Mix 1 tbsp of vodka and 1 tsp of sugar into your bouquet's water to extend the life of your gorgeous, cut flowers.

Soothe Toothaches

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Although soothing a toothache with a few shots of tequila sound like an ideal way to pass the time, clear liquors work best to neutralize mouth pain when they're not swallowed. Alcohol is a natural antiseptic, and swishing an ounce of tequila around in your mouth for 60 seconds will kill bacteria and help to numb the pain of a toothache.

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Although soothing a toothache with a few shots of tequila sound like an ideal way to pass the time, clear liquors work best to neutralize mouth pain when they're not swallowed. Alcohol is a natural antiseptic, and swishing an ounce of tequila around in your mouth for 60 seconds will kill bacteria and help to numb the pain of a toothache.

Polish Chrome and Other Metals

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A typical scenario: You're cleaning the bathroom and when you get to the metal fixtures, you discover that you're out of chrome polish. Well, beer to the rescue! The yeasts and alcohol in beer make IPAs, lagers and pilsners the ideal cleaning agent to polish and disinfect the metal surfaces in your home. Just remember to rinse your chrome with water to remove any lingering sticky residue.

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A typical scenario: You're cleaning the bathroom and when you get to the metal fixtures, you discover that you're out of chrome polish. Well, beer to the rescue! The yeasts and alcohol in beer make IPAs, lagers and pilsners the ideal cleaning agent to polish and disinfect the metal surfaces in your home. Just remember to rinse your chrome with water to remove any lingering sticky residue.

Make a Room Diffuser

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Room diffusers use aroma therapy to transform hectic spaces into relaxing paradises. Instead of buying a fancy diffusing system, make one using vodka, a few straws and a decorative container (think vintage bottle or mason jar). Instructions: 1) Combine 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup vodka and 1/3 cup mineral oil into a sealable jar. 2) Add around 30 drops of essential oil before placing the lid on the jar and shaking it vigorously. 3) Pour the solution into your decorative container and add a few straws or skewers to release the aroma!

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Room diffusers use aroma therapy to transform hectic spaces into relaxing paradises. Instead of buying a fancy diffusing system, make one using vodka, a few straws and a decorative container (think vintage bottle or mason jar). Instructions: 1) Combine 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup vodka and 1/3 cup mineral oil into a sealable jar. 2) Add around 30 drops of essential oil before placing the lid on the jar and shaking it vigorously. 3) Pour the solution into your decorative container and add a few straws or skewers to release the aroma!

Banish Mold

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While we don't recommend drinking vodka in the bathtub, we do encourage using it to clean the mold from the caulking around your tub and the grout between your tile. Not only is vodka acidic enough to kill mold spores, it also dehydrates the colonies and inhibits their ability to grow. Our tutorial on how to kill mold with vodka will get you started!

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While we don't recommend drinking vodka in the bathtub, we do encourage using it to clean the mold from the caulking around your tub and the grout between your tile. Not only is vodka acidic enough to kill mold spores, it also dehydrates the colonies and inhibits their ability to grow. Our tutorial on how to kill mold with vodka will get you started!

Clean Jewelry

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Jewelry can become a little yucky overtime. Rings gather dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria, while necklaces attract bits of hair, fragments of beauty products and other unpleasant microbes. Polish and disinfect your jewelry with gin (no tonic needed). Simply pour a few teaspoons of gin into a clean cloth and your trinkets will glimmer in no time!

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Jewelry can become a little yucky overtime. Rings gather dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria, while necklaces attract bits of hair, fragments of beauty products and other unpleasant microbes. Polish and disinfect your jewelry with gin (no tonic needed). Simply pour a few teaspoons of gin into a clean cloth and your trinkets will glimmer in no time!

Make a Refreshing Deodorizing Spray

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Let's face it; while humanity is awesome, people stink — literally. Whether it's gym shoes, stains on the couch or just garden variety flatulent bacteria, we spread odor wherever we go. Instructions: 1) Shake up 3 oz of vodka, 1 1/2 cups of distilled water and 30 drops of essential oil into a jar. 2) Pour the contents into a spray bottle. 3) Spread good smells like sunshine throughout your home and on your fabrics.

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Let's face it; while humanity is awesome, people stink — literally. Whether it's gym shoes, stains on the couch or just garden variety flatulent bacteria, we spread odor wherever we go. Instructions: 1) Shake up 3 oz of vodka, 1 1/2 cups of distilled water and 30 drops of essential oil into a jar. 2) Pour the contents into a spray bottle. 3) Spread good smells like sunshine throughout your home and on your fabrics.

Disinfect Your Mattress

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When you suffer a fever or the heat of summer months, you often sweat more. Overtime, your sweat — combined with mites and generally gross bacteria — builds up and gets stinky and unhygienic. Because it is a somewhat odorless antiseptic, vodka makes an effective deodorizer. Pour several ounces of undiluted vodka into a spray bottle and mist your entire mattress. Give the vodka an hour to disinfect and dry before making your bed.

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When you suffer a fever or the heat of summer months, you often sweat more. Overtime, your sweat — combined with mites and generally gross bacteria — builds up and gets stinky and unhygienic. Because it is a somewhat odorless antiseptic, vodka makes an effective deodorizer. Pour several ounces of undiluted vodka into a spray bottle and mist your entire mattress. Give the vodka an hour to disinfect and dry before making your bed.

Banish Mildew on Clothing

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Kitchen towels, sports apparel and outdoor clothing are notorious for mildewing when not cleaned immediately. But vodka can disinfect better than conventional laundry detergents. While you could technically use any clear liquor to kill mildew bacteria, we recommend vodka because it's odorless — do you really want your clothes smelling of gin? Just add a 1/2 cup of vodka into the washing machine along with your regular soaps and softeners and launder normally.

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Kitchen towels, sports apparel and outdoor clothing are notorious for mildewing when not cleaned immediately. But vodka can disinfect better than conventional laundry detergents. While you could technically use any clear liquor to kill mildew bacteria, we recommend vodka because it's odorless — do you really want your clothes smelling of gin? Just add a 1/2 cup of vodka into the washing machine along with your regular soaps and softeners and launder normally.

Treat Poison Ivy

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Alcohol is an analgesic, which means that it has pain relieving properties when consumed or applied topically to the skin. While any alcohol will have an effect on the irritation of a poison ivy sting, higher-percentage varieties of alcohol will be more effective at neutralizing pain when applied directly to the rash.

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Alcohol is an analgesic, which means that it has pain relieving properties when consumed or applied topically to the skin. While any alcohol will have an effect on the irritation of a poison ivy sting, higher-percentage varieties of alcohol will be more effective at neutralizing pain when applied directly to the rash.

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