Thursday, December 24, 2009

Vodka tips & tricks...

From different sources, so separators will be added to keep things in order.

Health Tip of the Day - Who knew?!!!!

1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The stuff dissolves adhesive.

2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mould and mildew.

3. To clean your eyeglasses,simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.

4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.

5. Spray vodka on wine stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.

6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.

7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.

8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle with vodka and spray bees or wasps to kill them.

9 Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water into a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshing ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.

10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.

11. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.

12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.

13 Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.

14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.

15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

Uses for Vodka.

Ah, vodka - so many memories, or more accurately, lack thereof.

While I haven't taken a sip of the stuff in nearly 15 years, I can still appreciate what a marvelous substance it can be if consumed responsibly; something I was never able to do.

Vodka is made from either grain, rye, wheat, potatoes or sugar beet molasses as the primary ingredients combined with yeast in order to generate alcohol. After distillation, the product is almost pure ethyl alcohol and is watered down before bottling, after which it usually has an alcohol content of between 35 - 50%

Aside from drinking, vodka has many other uses, some that can replace environmentally harsh chemicals we use around the home.

Given the lack of ingredients in unflavored vodka, it can be used as a substitute for many cleaners with an alcohol, caustic or solvent base, without leaving the item smelling like liquor.

Of course, good vodka isn't cheap; so many of the the following ideas I found around the place are based on the assumption you have lost the taste for the stuff; or if you find yourself in a spot of bother and don't have anything else to use... or if you have a good supply of dirt cheap vodka :).

Remember to always spot test before going all out with any of these suggested uses.

- To increase the life of cut flowers, add a few drops of vodka vase water along with 1 teaspoon sugar.

- Use it undiluted to remove ink stains from fabric (dab, don't rub).

- Use undiluted vodka to remove paint from clothes.

- Vodka sprayed on areas where cats have peed or sprayed will remove the odor.

- A healthy splash of vodka in old water storage containers will help kill bacteria.

- Spray vodka on clothes to remove lingering odors

- Use vodka as a tile grout cleaner and to kill mold and mildew. Spray affected areas with undiluted vodka, let sit for a few minutes and then wipe off.

- A few drops of vodka will clean jewelery.

- Vodka can be used as a glass cleaner. Dilution recommendations vary, 25 - 50% vodka and the balance being water seems to be the general guideline. Use in a spray bottle.

- Use it to make vanilla extract. Place 4 vanilla pods in a jar and add a cup of vodka. Use an airtight lid and then place in a cool dark spot. Shake the jar occasionally and after two months you'll have vanilla extract. Top up with vodka as you use it and only add more vanilla pods when it starts to lose potency.

- Spray onto old pot potpourri to revitalize the scent.

- Use vodka it to remove hair dye from your skin.

- Vodka can help to remove tree sap from car paintwork.

- Add 1 part vodka to two parts water in a heavy duty zip lock bag and tape down the top. Freeze and use as a cold pack.

- Use undiluted as a weed killer spray.

- Spray undiluted into your washing machine to neutralize od

There are many-many, but these are my favorite few.

I'm a painter and carpenter. Vodka will remove stickers kids put on walls and woodwork without damaging the color of the wood finish..

Great for over spray on glass for spray jobs. Just dampen a rag and wipe away gently.

It removes tree sap gently from saw blades, chisels and your hands, but you neeed to do it quick bfore it burns itself onto the saw blade. If not it the blade can burn an expensive finish cut and ruin some part of your project.

A light mixture of vodka mixed with water in a spray bottle sprayed on your arms and exposed repels mosquitoes and most insects. It also works to spray lightly around the work area or yard for gatherings.

Mixed 50/50 with water cleans glass great, even windshield bugs off when driving.

Makes an old TV or stereo look like brand new after sitting unused for a period of time. Just dampen a rag and wipe gently over the surface.

Wet a rag with it and lay it on a piece of furniture, then move it and scrape off most of the old urethane or varnish with a plastic scraper, move it again and do the same until the whole piece is close to striped. Saves money on time, sandpaper and leaves color undamaged.

Denatured alcohol is about $22 a gallon and poisonous, vodka you can get for $15 and it's eco-friendly. Denatured damages the grain though, vodka doesn't.

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