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10 Uses for Vodka

If you've stumbled upon a bottle of spirits that's not fit for a mixed drink, reuse it as a handy household solution

Vodka: More Than a Drink

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While it's pricier than rubbing alcohol, this bar staple has the same antiseptic properties, making it a clever replacement in a pinch. Read on for spirited ways to put it to use.

Erase Window Streaks

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As an alternative to using chemical cleansers, spray glass panes with diluted vodka, then wipe them down with a lint-free cloth.

Shine Chrome

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Put an end to soap scum and hard-water spots by soaking a soft cloth in vodka and wiping it over shiny fixtures.

Deodorize Laundry

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Spritz undiluted vodka on clothes to help remove musty smells, then hang-dry them in a well-ventilated area.

Remove Rust from Screws

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Leave a weathered screw in vodka for just a few hours, then wipe to get rid of rust.

Preserve Cut Flowers

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Save your bouquet by mixing a few drops of vodka with a teaspoon of sugar to inhibit the production of ethylene, which makes flowers wilt.

Remove Stains from Upholstery

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Dip a clean cloth in vodka and rub it on fabric to help take out stubborn stains caused by ink, grass, and some foods.

Kill Weeds

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Mix 1 ounce of vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Apply on a sunny day to broadleaf weeds that grow in direct sunlight; the vodka will help remove the leaves' waxy coating, causing them to dry out.

Clean Mold and Mildew

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Rid tile and caulk of dark spots by spraying them with vodka. Let sit for up to 30 minutes, scrub with a grout brush or old toothbrush, and rinse thoroughly.

Soothe Aching Muscles

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Treat sore muscles with a pack made by pouring equal parts of vodka and water into a resealable bag and freezing it to create a super-cold slushy mix. Whether you treat yourself to a cocktail afterward is up to you!

Stop Odors

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Boots smelling ripe? Spritz the insides with diluted vodka; let dry. No more odor.