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Vodka Beyond A Drink: The Spirit's Many Other Uses

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Vodka is a popular spirit, hailed by mixologists for its versatility due to its flavourless, odourless qualities. But vodka is more than just a drink. Its uses go beyond the world of mixology! Don't believe us? You will, after you read this article! 

Beyond its use in making drinks and cooking food, do you know it is used for common, everyday stuff like making an ice pack and treating dandruff? The Russian-Polish liquor has great chemical properties which makes it, again, versatile, in our everyday life! Vodka can kill bacteria, help dry items without leaving an odour, and bind essential oils to water. Thus, vodka's utility varies from helping in soothing a toothache to acting as a repellent.

Below are ten ways you never thought vodka could be put to use. Beware! Some of the contents in this list may stupefy you.

To Ease Toothache

We all dread an appointment with the dentist. The pain that tooth issues bring is just too awful. As you wait for the pain to heal, use vodka to reduce the pain. Swish a shot of vodka over the affected area. Vodka can help disinfect and also numb some of the pain in the gums.

For Shiny Hair

Want healthy, lush hair? Here's a simple solution. Add a jigger of vodka to a 350 ml bottle of shampoo. Vodka will do the work of a shampoo and a conditioner.

To Make An Ice Pack

Use vodka to make an ice pack. The technique is pretty easy. Mix 500 ml water with 120 ml vodka in a Ziploc freezer bag. The vodka prevents the ice from freezing completely thus helping to create a bendable ice pack. 

To Freshen Up Laundry

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If you are someone who takes home care seriously, then vodka is the liquor for you. And if you don't enjoy chores at home, you will still find vodka super helpful. Doing laundry can at times be a nasty business. Sometimes, the stains, dirt, and sweat go away after a good spin in the washing machine. But the odour of stinky laundry lingers. Instead of repeating the washing process, or buying expensive detergents, just spritz your duds with vodka and dry the clothes in a well-ventilated area. Vodka acts like a silent killer. It destroys bacteria but leaves no olfactory evidence.

To Preserve Flowers

Who doesn't love to add nature's beauty to their homes? Decorating your home with fresh flowers is an ageless decor tradition. But it is sad to see them wilt. Here's where vodka can help you.  Add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to the water in your flower vase. Change the water daily. Your flowers will remain in their bloom for a longer period.

To Use As An Insect Repellent

Some insects can sting while others leave us with a serious illness. And most pesticides that work against insects are filled with chemicals that are equally bad for our health and for the environment. This is where vodka emerges as a hero. Just pour a little vodka in a spray bottle and exterminate your creepy crawly nemesis. But take caution and avoid using it against helpful insects such as bees.

To Soothe Jellyfish Stings

Love the beach but not the barbs of buoyant jellyfish in the waters? Worry not. Carry a little vodka with you in case of an emergency. Vodka can disinfect and alleviate some of the bite of a jellyfish sting.

To Clean Your Fixtures 

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Love a clean, spotless, shiny home? Then use vodka to clean your fixtures. Use a soft cloth and moisten it with vodka. Clean chrome, glass and porcelain fixtures with the cloth. They will get sparkly clean with your effort and the magical properties of vodka.

To Treat Poison Ivy Reactions

This quality of vodka was mentioned earlier. Vodka has the power to treat injuries caused by poison ivy. Venture out into nature with confidence and a bottle of vodka... not for consumption, but to use it against rashes that occur due to poison ivy. The spirit is especially useful in making the itchy reaction go away. Pour vodka on the area of your skin that has come into contact with poison ivy. Do consult a medical expert before using vodka for poison ivy-related issues.

To Clean Mould

If you have mould in your house, that means trouble. Mould spreads very fast and makes the indoor air quality poorer. While chemical sprays can work against those grimy dark dangerous stains, why not opt for an eco-friendly solution? Use a recycled spray bottle and fill it with bottom-shelf vodka. Spritz on, then let sit for 15 minutes. Scrub the stain away using an old toothbrush.