10 Alternate uses for Vodka

Vodka is good for a number of things outside of drinks. Here are 10 things that you Vodka will surprisingly work well for. Who knew!

1. Painless Bandaid Removal
To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The vodka will dissolve the adhesive.

2. Clean Glass
A 50/50 vodka/water dilution makes a great glass cleaning solution. Put it in a spray bottle and use it for any glass. For windows, newspapers to wipe the window. For eyeglasses use a microfiber cloth. You’ll get a streak-free shine.

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Credit: michael_swan

3. Grow More Hair
Add a couple shots of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol will cleanse the scalp and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.

4. Cure Dandruff
A vodka rinse is a great solution for dandruff or dry scalp. Mix one cup of vodka with two teaspoons of rosemary and let sit for two days. Strain and use as a rinse to remove shampoo build-up, or as a leave-in scalp treatment.

5. Reusable Cold Pack
Mix 50/50 vodka/water in a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze. It will become a slushy, refreshing ice pack that can be reused.

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Credit: Orin Zebest

6. Cure Stinky Shoes and Feet
Wash your feet with vodka. Mist stinky shoes with vodka between wears to cut down on the smell.
Confirmed by Mythbusters

7. Relieve Poison Ivy
Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy. The chemical responsible for the pain and itch is urushiol oil, it comes off with alcohol, and frankly there’s some in vodka.

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Credit: Kathryn Yengel

8. Keep Flowers Fresh
Add 1 teaspoon vodka and 1 teaspoon sugar to water to keep freshly cut flowers looking great. The vodka kills bacteria that grow in the water, and the sugar feeds the flowers.

9. Flakier Pie Crusts
Using ice cold vodka instead of water in pie crust recipes makes a flakier crust. The dough will be easier and softer to work, and then the vodka will evaporate while baking. In the end you will have a lighter result than water.

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Credit: mazaletel

10. Hand-Sanitizer
Vodka eliminates bacteria, so use a small spray bottle and mist your hands generously.

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