Monday, June 6, 2011

Repel or kill insects, many other uses for vodka, theirs and mine

Vodka has been enjoyed since at least the early Middle Ages, and is well known as one of the world's most popular spirits. Its versatility in mixing and high alcohol content have made it extremely popular in cocktails, and it is still widely enjoyed 'neat' (straight up) in much of Eastern and Northern Europe.
Vodka also has a long history of use as medicine, having been sold by druggists to cure everything from infertility to colic and the plague. While some of those historic promoters were half-cocked, it's true that vodka has a wide range of potential uses beyond serving as a relaxer and social lubricant.
Why would you want to do anything else with vodka but drink it? It is widely available, effective and less toxic than many of the chemical alternatives you might use for these tasks.
That was from GoodHousekeeping's "The Daily Green" Go Green section on this page

I have tried the vodka/water solution as a glass cleaner and it works as well as Denatured Alcohol at about 1/5th the price and with less offensive fumes. I have also tried the shampoo mixture and it works excellent.

On the field or out on the job I have used it for many things, such as cleaning up metal after handling it during phases of construction, great on countertops for making them look as new as possi\ble, removes paint splatters and bad cut edges. removes glue from seams when gluing formica and it picks up dust better than anything I know, just dampen a rag with the mixture you used to wash windows and go over the surface areas with it quickly.

This could go on forever... Wainscoting.. to clean it and remove small scratches or dull spots on the surface. take a rag and wipe it very quickly with the grain of the wood just once per section. Do not use circular motion and do not hit a spot twice unless it is thoroughly dry. When you do this you will be softening the existing finish and laying it back in again. The results are very close to a fresh new coat of finish, but you must not play with it. Allow any area that you've touched about 15 minutes to harden again before going over it again to prevent blotching (this also works well with older panel doors, trim-work and stairway banisters. I never tried it on furniture and never would, not with the cheap finishes they use in assembly).
  • 1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves the 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 mold 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 vomit stains, scrub with a brush, 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 and spray bees or wasps to kill them.
  • 9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziplock freezer bag, and freeze for a slushy, refreshable 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. Make your own mouthwash by mixing nine tablespoons powered cinnamon with one cup vodka. Seal in an airtight container for two weeks. Strain through a coffee filter then mix with warm water and rinse your mouth. Don’t swallow.
  • 12. Using a q-tip, apply vodka to a cold sore to help it dry out.
  • 13. If a blister opens, pour vodka over the raw skin as a local anesthetic that also disinfects the exposed dermis.
  • 14. To treat dandruff, mix one cup vodka with two teaspoons crushed rosemary, let sit for two days, strain through a coffee filter and massage into your scalp and let dry.
  • 15. To treat an earache put a few drops of vodka in your ear. Let set for a few minutes. Then drain. The vodka will kill the bacteria that are causing pain in your ear.
  • 16. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
  • 17. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
  • 18. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
  • 19. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the poison oil from your skin.
  • 20. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
  • 21 Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
  • 22 Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the Urushiol oil from your skin.
  • 23 Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
  • 24 Keep your clothes smelling fresher with vodka — really! Simply spritz your duds with the stuff, then hang to dry in a well-ventilated area. (Do a spot-test first to be safe.) 
  • 25 Keep freshly cut flowers lasting longer. Add a few drops vodka with a teaspoon of sugar to the water in the vase to keep cut flowers looking healthier and fresher longer.

How to make your own organic mosquito repellent

This section is from DIY Network's page linked here

It's been a wet, hot Summer over much of the world, which means the mosquitoes are going to be plentiful, hungry, and ticked off. (Little known fact: all mosquitoes are angry. Always.) So what can we do to protect ourselves from being attacked by swarms of bitter bugs? The easiest thing to do, of course, is stay inside; well-sealed windows and doors do a terrific job keeping out unwanted, blood-sucking guests. However, if you absolutely MUST go outside, you'll need to be prepared with some sort of bug repellent.

When faced with the proposition of being blitzed by a battalion of biting bugs, most people make a beeline to their local store to pick up some OFF Spray, or similar DEET-laden repellent. Store-bought bug sprays are fine, but
some people have serious skin reactions to DEET, which if sprayed directly onto plastic can cause it to bubble and warp. Would you want to put that on your skin? If you're like me, and you enjoy rolling your own bug-off juice, here's an effective recipe that I find keeps the mosquitoes away just as well as the name brand stuff.


  1. 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
  2. 1/3 cup witch hazel (or cheap vodka)
  3. 5 drops of citronella or eucalyptus essential oil
  1. Spray bottle
  2. Funnel

A few minutes


Ok, this is pretty tough, so make sure you follow along closely. I don't want you getting confused.

  1. Using the funnel, pour all the liquid ingredients into the spray bottle.
  2. Shake the bottle to mix the liquids.
Tada! You're now holding a bottle of effective, organic bug repellent. You can also spray your DIY repellent around areas that you'd rather not have bugs, such as the picnic table or your dog's head. Unlike the store-bought sprays, this stuff isn't water-proof (or sweat-proof, for that matter), so you'll need to reapply as necessary. Unfortunately, it won't keep ticks at bay, so you might have to use the DEET version if you're going to be traipsing into the deep woods. However, if you're just looking for a little extra protection during your next barbecue, this might be right up your alley. 

One of the sources, (Miss Charming’s Vodka Page), others listed above and some from email.

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