If you're like the many humans who stroll upon this Earth enjoying the occasional adult beverage, I suspect you may have a bit of vodka on hand at any given time. While consumption is probably your number-one preferred use, don't let that stop you from taking advantage of its other wonderful uses.
Over the years, I've discovered various beauty and cleaning uses for vodka, and today I'm sharing a few of my favorites with you.
Lemon Vodka Hairspray
I actually happened upon this lemon vodka hairspray recipe while reading No More Dirty Looks, by Siobhan O' Connor and Alexandra Spunt, which discusses the various good and bad ingredients found in beauty products and serves as a guide to a cleaner beauty routine. I've had the privilege of interviewing both of these authors for previous stories and they definitely know their stuff.
I've adapted my own lemon vodka hairspray recipe based off the instructions in the book. You'll need two lemons, two cups of water and a tablespoon of vodka.
Start by slicing your lemons. You don't have to worry about being precise. Just slice 'em up however you prefer.
Next, add the lemons and two cups of water to a sauce pan and simmer, while covered, on low heat for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Let the liquid cool for another 10 minutes, remove the lemon slices, and then funnel the water into a spray bottle.
Follow up with a tablespoon of vodka, shake and then use as needed.
The vodka acts as a preservative, allowing you to keep this one around for a long time and make on an as-needed basis.
Vodka as a Spot Remover
Lipstick on your blouse? Wine on your skirt? Fret not, darling, for you've got vodka in the freezer.
Pour a little vodka on the stain, give 'er some elbow grease and then throw in the washer (If you're working with a delicate fabric or a dry clean only situation, you may want to just take it to a pro.)
Dry Clean in a Pinch
Speaking of dry cleaning, vodka works for that, too. If you're like me (or Annie) and never, ever, ever make it to the dry cleaner, this quick recipe is one to memorize. Luckily for you, that's not hard to do.
Just combine one part vodka with one part water (distilled preferred) and then spritz on your clothes. Be a little liberal with areas that may smell more than others. The vodka will evaporate into the air, carrying any odors with it. And don't worry about anyone asking if you're wearing 40 proof as perfume--the vodka smells goes away as it dries.
Vodka in Your Shampoo
This sounds kind of bizarre, but don't knock it until you give this one a go. All you have to do is add a splash of vodka to your preferred shampoo and mix well.
The vodka nixes product build up and excess oil, leaving your hair lush and vibrant. I typically just eyeball it, but if you want to be precise, start with a teaspoon and adjust as necessary.
"Pores be damned!" shouteth the mighty bottle of vodka. This DIY astringent makes for a great pore minimizer.
Just dilute vodka in distilled water and apply with a cotton ball. I use a 1:3 ratio of vodka to water, but you can play with it a little bit to find a combo that works for you.
Soak Your Razor
Give your razor the gift of longevity by soaking the blades in a bit of straight vodka. The vodka cleans the razor, keeping it rust-free and therefore sharper for longer. (Does anyone else go through your first three razor cartridges in like a month and then the fourth one lasts for months and months after?)
Polish Your Silver Jewelry
Anyone who's ever used the actual silver polisher stuff knows that it smells horrendous and it is not at all convenient to use. The easiest alternative method I've found is plain old vodka.
I'll demonstrate for you because I love a good before and after.
Soak your silver in vodka for 10 to 15 minutes. Once it's done soaking, dry it off with a clean cloth. If necessary, re-emerge for another 10 minutes. You can also use a clean toothbrush to gently scrub, as well.
Tell me, what's your favorite way to use vodka? And if it's drinking, I want to know how you take it. I'm a vodka tonic kind of gal (blueberry vodka, please)!