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14 Surprising Uses for Vodka

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3. Shoo flies, and other pests
I couldn’t harm a fly, or any other living thing. Except…if something is biting and sucking the blood from my children, mamma bear swoops in and goes medieval. DEET is persona non grata in my neck of the woods, and I wouldn’t own a can of Raid if you paid me. But a spray bottle of vodka? Sure. Use it to spray directly at the offenders, it can also be used on your skin as a repellant.

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4. Calm the sting of sea creatures
The pain of jellyfish and ray stings is magically dissipated with meat tenderizers (the enzymes that work to break down meat’s proteins also break down the stinging agents in the venom). But if you find yourself at the beach with vodka instead of meat tenderizer (and who doesn’t?)–it can help alleviate the punch those stings can pack. Douse the area with vodka. (And…have a shot while you’re at it?)

5. Give your hair some life
Vodka can make people lush and bouncy, and can do the same for your hair. Add an ounce to your bottle of shampoo and use as you usually do. It helps to break down the oil build-up that can make your hair droll.

6. Remove laundry stains
Treat stubborn stains with a splash of vodka and some elbow grease, then launder as usual.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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7:41AM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Thanks

4:35PM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Great info!

2:30PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Thank you! I love it more now!

2:06PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

I'm just off to find some oil to make my hair 'droll': I could do with a good laugh...

10:37PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Wow! At least I won't have to DRINK that huge bottle of vodka...

3:04PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Haven't read through all the comments to this article, but I'd just love to know how using vodka instead of other cheaper, more easily purchase-able, things is going to help "green-ness".

Personally, I'd rather have the vodka to drink and help me cope with all these confusing complexities!

12:04AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

I had no idea how versatile vodka can be! These are great ideas. Thanks so much for the informative article.

7:35PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Fantastic suggestions.

6:46PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Wow, these are amazing! I am so going to do the shampoo and mouthwash and clothing spray this week! Thanks! Will def be writing all of this down!

11:22AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Thanks these are great. Most of these are even better uses than drinking the vodka.
And a personal thank-you from me, for the aside about learning to love the weeds. I wish more people would do this.

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