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Vodka: The handy household cleaner

Make sure you use the cheap stuff, though.

By Karen Datko Oct 10, 2009 10:58PM

Three cheers for vodka, an excellent jewelry cleaner, stain remover, glue dissolver, wasp killer, fever reliever, and cure for poison ivy and stinky feet.


We had no idea that vodka has so many uses, other than the obvious. And if you've indulged in too much of that, here's another tip from "The many uses of vodka" at Divine Caroline that may come in handy: "Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry."


If you employ any of the 19 tips on Divine Caroline's list, common sense dictates that you use the cheap stuff.

Here's one we're going to try, because vinegar has proven ineffective for the task: Spray vodka on bathroom caulking to remove mildew and mold.


A little vodka will dissolve glue left behind when you remove a bumper sticker, and it will loosen adhesive on a bandage, preventing an "ouch."


Dahlia Rideout writes at Divine Caroline that a little vodka will soothe a sore throat and the pain of an aching tooth. The application in each case is topical, not by ingestion.


Published April 16, 2009

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