10 Household Uses for Vodka

We joke that this spirit helps us through the holidays, but vodka can be useful around the house all year long.

  • A spritz of vodka mixed with vinegar and tea tree essential oil will kill the collection of germs on your electronics.
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  • A spritz of vodka mixed with vinegar and tea tree essential oil will kill the collection of germs on your electronics.
    Photo by iStock/iprogressman
  • A tablespoon of vodka to replace every third tablespoon of water will make your pie crusts moist.
    Photo by iStock/2GreenEyes

We may joke that this spirit helps get us through the holidays, but did you know vodka can actually lend a hand around the house all year long? Strong, odorless and incredibly antibacterial, vodka is one of the main ingredients in herbal tinctures, allowing us to safely ingest all kinds of natural remedies. And its sterility makes it a strong tool in green-cleaning arsenals. Discover some of the ways you can put this alcohol to work.

Herbal Holiday Cocktail
Include an herbal twist in your vodka concoction! Our White-Chocolate Mintini is made using fresh mint and white chocolate liqueur, sure to lift your spirits with the flavors of the season. Try our recipe Shake up Your Holidays with Herbal Cocktails: White Chocolate Mintini.

Freshen Clothes
Don’t have time to dry-clean that shirt? Fill a spray bottle with cheap vodka and spritz it on the garment, concentrating on areas where perspiration collects. The alcohol kills odor-causing bacteria and dries quickly.

Eliminate Bad Breath
Steep 3 ounces of cloves, dried peppermint or powdered turmeric in 8 ounces of vodka for a few days, shaking daily. Then strain out the herbs, and you’re left with an effective herbal mouthwash.

More Hygienic Mobile
Throughout the day our cell phones get covered in bacteria, but how often do we clean them before putting them to our faces? Mist a mixture of vodka, vinegar and tea tree essential oil onto your phone and wipe it clean to help kill that collection of germs. Try our various cleaning recipes Make Homemade Cleaners with Essential Oils.

Simple Skin Toner
Brew an 8-ounce mug of green tea, let cool, then add 1/4 teaspoon of vodka. Dunk a cotton ball in and swab away — the alcohol tightens skin and the green tea’s catechins soothe it.

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For a nice room freshener mix 4 oz cheap vodka with 1 oz water and 30 drops of citrus/grapefruit essential oils. Pour into a pump spray bottle and shake well before spraying up towards the ceiling. 2 or three sprays works well for normal stuffy rooms.

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