A little for the counters, a little for the person cleaning the counters. Vodka combines some of the best properties from many other green cleaning pantry staples. Try these simple vodka cleaning recipes.
Like vinegar, vodka is excellent at disinfecting, but it also fights odors like baking soda and acts as a solvent, like lemon juice. It’s a great green cleaning supply to have on hand and a good alternative to vinegar, if the smell of vinegar is too much for you.
Vodka Cleaning Recipes
1. All-Purpose Cleaner or Glass Cleaner
Combine 1 part vodka and 2 parts water in a spray bottle, and spritz wherever you need some cleaning, disinfecting power. When it dries, the boozy smell disappears!
For cleaning glass, just spritz on and wipe off with newspaper.
2. Odor Eliminator
If you’re looking to fight odors but don’t have baking soda on hand, vodka might just come to the rescue! For stinky clothes or other textiles, just spritz on some vodka and let it air dry. The vodka fights odor-causing bacteria and leaves your fabrics smelling clean!
Vodka is a good solvent, much like lemon juice. You can add some to your dish soap to help cut grease. It also helps remove sticky residue from labels, like when you’re trying to repurpose an empty glass bottle. Just saturate the sticky areas with vodka, let it sit, and the label should scrub right off.
Other Household Uses for Vodka (besides cocktails)
On top of its cleaning power, vodka has some other unconventional uses. It can help fight the pain of a toothache until you’re able to get to the dentist. Sure, doing a shot might make you not care so much about the pain, but you can also swish a shot of vodka in your mouth and spit it out to help numb the area.
If you’re headed out into the woods, try combining one part vodka with one part apple cider vinegar and some citronella essential oil for a handy bug repellent.
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