DIY: Other Uses for Vodka
Topical Application for Aches
Lavender vodka is enjoyed as a beverage. The same aromatic compounds that give the pleasant scent also will yield a good flavor. However, lavender also has medicinal uses as well, both by ingestion and by topical application.
To make a topically applied solution of lavender and vodka, you should use more lavender than you would if you were making an infused beverage. Use about a half cup of dried lavender leaves in a liter of vodka. Shake the jar well to disperse the lavender, and let it sit for about five days. There is a discrepancy about whether to store it in the sun or in the dark. You can try it both ways to see which give you a better result.
After the steeping, strain out the lavender leaves, and then it is ready for use. You can either transfer the solution to a spray bottle and and spray it on the affected area, or you can use a paper towel or cloth.
Glass and House Cleaner
Many cleaning products contain a wide variety of chemicals. There are some schools of thought that believe that many of the chemicals that make up these cleaning products are harmful at the levels contained within. As a result, there have been new "green" companies that claim to use all natural, environmentally and health safe for the user.
A potential alternative to this is to make your own. And the formula is very simple. A 50/50 mixture of vodka and water. That simple mixture will provide an effective, fragrance free cleansing of many surfaces in your home. If you prefer a fragrance, you can add some drops of the essential oil of your choice to the solution.
If your job entails being exposed to odors, whether you are a cook who reeks of onions or other aromatic spices after your shift, or you work in a factory with an unpleasant scent that wants to stay in your clothes after you leave, then any coat or jacket you wear is more than likely going to have that same smell in it after you get home. With regular clothes, the smell will come out in the wash, however, it is very inconvenient to have to wash your outerwear every day. There is also the factor of the wear and tear the constant washing will have on it.
Outerwear isn't the only inconvenient thing to regularly wash that can stink after a while. As we all know, odors can also accumulate in shoes, to the point that your nose may crinkle when taking them off your feet after a long day at work.
Odors can accumulate in the household as well, for a number of reasons. There are countless air fresheners on the market. But like cleaning products, there is also a concern among many about the dangers of some of the chemicals coming out of those aerosol containers.
Both of these remedies can be handled with vodka in a spray bottle. For the first two problems, spray some on your outerwear that has been exposed to odors, and inside your shoes. For the latter, simply spray it in the air. You can add a fragrance if you prefer.
Mouth and Throat Remedies
Vodka can aid in soothing both mouth pain and sore throats. For a sore throat, add one shot of vodka into 8 ounces of water, along with a teaspoonful of table salt. Stir with a spoon until the salt is dissolved. Take a mouthful of the solution and gargle for one minute.
For a toothache, or for sore gums, do not add water or salt, but use a slightly higher proof vodka, around 100. Swish in the mouth for a few minutes or until the pain starts to noticeably lessen as the gums absorb trace amounts of the vodka.
Hair and Scalp Cleansing
For those women, or men, who regularly use hair products such as sprays or gels in their hair, residue can collect over time. Sometimes, regular shampoo doesn't get everything out, depending on how prone your scalp is to getting clogged with the remnants of these products. This can cause irritation of the scalp in the form of folliculitis, and can affect the growth and texture of your hair. If this is the case, you can mix one or two shots of vodka in a regular size bottle, which is 13-16 ounces of shampoo. Alternatively, you can just pour some in your hand in the shower and massage it in your hair for a couple minutes before washing with regular shampoo. If you go this route, be careful not to get the vodka in your eyes.