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14 Surprising Uses for Vodka

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7. Make lavender ironing water
Forget about scented fabric softener for fragrance, be like a cool French granny and use lavender ironing water instead. Mix 3 ounces of 90-proof vodka and 12 drops of pure lavender essential oil and let sit for 24 hours. Then add 12 ounces of purified water and swirl together. Store in the refrigerator until it loses its scent, around 6 weeks.

8. Get rid of unloved plants
Also known as weeds (poor, misunderstood things)–if you’ve got them and don’t want them, vodka can kill them. Vodka attacks broad-leaf weeds, like dandelions, chickweed, by breaking down their protective coverings which leads to lethal dehydration. Fill a spray bottle with an ounce of vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and two cups of water. Spray on weeds, in the sunlight, and wilt away they will. (Or, buck the trend and love your weeds! See Eating Dandelions.)

9. Quash mold and mildew
Like vinegar, vodka can help combat stubborn mold and mildew stains in the bathroom. Spray it on stained caulk, let it sit for 30 minutes, and scrub with a brush.

Three Ways to Kill Mold Naturally

10. Wash your mouth out
With homemade mouthwash: Boil 6 ounces of water and 2 ounces of vodka together. Add in 4 teaspoons of liquid glycerin and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Remove from heat and let cool. When cooled, add 10-15 drops of Spearmint oil and shake the entire mixture together well.

11. Make a tincture
You can make a tincture of botanicals and vodka to use topically for a number of ailments or conditions. Fill a jar with a handful of flowers/roots/leaves and top with vodka.

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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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