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14 Surprising Uses for Vodka

12. Ease a poison ivy rash
Urushiol oil, the pesky component of poison ivy and poison oak, leads most to an agonizing rash. Before the rash sets in, vodka can be poured directly on the skin where contact occurred to minimize the severity of what’s to come. Rubbing alcohol will work too.

How to Nip Poison Ivy in the Bud

13. Shine your shiny things
Who needs separate chrome-cleaner, glass-cleaner, and porcelain-cleaner when a trip to the liquor cabinet can tackle all three materials at once? Dampen a cloth with vodka, rub, back in the shine.

14. Unstick sticky stickers
I bet 9 out of 10 of you save glass jars and reuse them. How many of you cringe at the gummy label adhesive that clings to glass like a manic starfish? (Or is that just me?) Vodka to the rescue. Dab a scouring sponge with some vodka, scrub, rinse with some liquid dish soap, no more sticky ugh.

If you don’t want to keep a bottle of vodka on hand, try alternative uses for these non-toxic household products:

 

 

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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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