How to Use Vodka in the Kitchen

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Great ways to use vodka around the house, including how to make a great martini when you’re done!

Shine Your Fixtures-It’s easy to get your chrome, glass and porcelain fixtures shining like the top of the Chrysler Building. Guess what does the trick?

Moisten a soft, clean cloth with vodka, and apply a little elbow grease.

How to Freshen your clothes between washes-You can keep your clothes smelling fresher with vodka — really!  Vodka kills odor-causing bacteria, but doesn’t leave a scent when dry. Unlike Febreze, vodka usually won’t cause a reaction on sensitive skin. Mix 2 parts cheap vodka and 1 part water in a spray bottle then mist it over fabric. You can add some essential oils to it if you want, to make it smell like something, but plain old vodka and water works just fine. Just mist it into the air or dampen fabrics with it and let dry. Goodbye stink.

Get rid of mold- The stuff spreads easily and can severely diminish indoor air quality, even growing on “mold resistant” caulking.  Mold and bathroom cleaners can be just as bad for you as the mold itself, and bleach doesn’t kill or eliminate mold, it just bleaches it white, leaving the bacteria living. But instead of harsh chemical sprays, try filling a recycled spray bottle with some bottom-shelf vodka. Spritz on, then let sit for 15 minutes. Scrub away with an old toothbrush.

Treat Poison Ivy-For many, one of the hazards of enjoying the great outdoors is an encounter with poison ivy, oak or sumac. It can lead to a nasty, long-lasting rash. Unfortunately, poison ivy is spreading, thanks to global warming.

To avoid the uncomfortable reaction, immediately pour vodka on skin that has come into contact with poison ivy, and the alcohol will wash away the itchy culprit, Urushiol oil. Some have said that the vodka needs to be at least 100 proof to work. Others have argued that straight rubbing alcohol works better, but we’re guessing you may not have that as handy if you are on your average picnic.

Repel Insects-Unless you are intent on proving how hard-core you are, or you have a bizarre fetish, you probably don’t enjoy getting feasted on by insects. But you’ve read media reports questioning the safety of DEET-based repellents, and you are pretty sure you don’t want to take the risk of spraying yourself in the face with poisonous bug killers.

Who knew that vodka can kill pesky insects?  Pour a little of the saucy spirit in a spray bottle and squirt on the little buggers, or yourself as a repellent. But please don’t take aim at any beneficial bees!

Soothe Jellyfish Stings-Jellyfish are fascinating, beautiful sea creatures. But their stingers can pack a powerful, painful punch.

For vegetarians and others who don’t travel with meat tenderizer (or who don’t feel comfortable asking friends to, um, relieve the pain), take heart. Vodka can also disinfect and alleviate some of the bite of a jellyfish sting.

Get Great, Shiny Hair-Vodka doesn’t just make you think people look prettier. It actually can make people prettier. How? Try this remedy for healthier, lush hair: Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo.

Keep Your Flowers Perky-Mixing a teaspoon or two of vodka and a spoonful of sugar with the water in your vase will keep your flowers looking fresher longer. I’ve tried this trick with several different types of flowers now, and it’s worked like a charm. I also feel better putting this solution in vases around the house as opposed to that unknown powdery white stuff that sometimes comes with the flowers I buy at the store.

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And, to finish it all off, you deserve a great cocktail after doing all these tasks, so here is a James Bond approved martini recipe

Vesper Martini-

3 oz gin

1 oz vodka

1/2 oz Lillet® Blanc wine


Pour the gin, vodka and Lillet blanc into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon, and serve.

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