I’ve been doing some spring cleaning over the past few weeks and finally decided to tackle the dreaded cupboard-under-the-stairs. This is no small task, it’s where everything anyone ever left at my house goes to die. Including all the half drunk bottles of spirits people have abandoned at house parties. Among them is a concerningly large quantity of cheap vodka.

With all the amazing products I have access to, I’m never going to drink it! So just for fun, I thought I’d share some alternative uses for the cheap and nasty bottle of voddy we all have lurking in the back of the drinks cabinet.



Fabric Freshener

Simply pour straight vodka into a spray bottle and you can use it on clothing, upholstery, curtains, matresses, trainers and carpets to neutralise odours and leave them smelling fresh and clean. Simply spray the fabric until its slightly damp and leave to dry. Any unpleasant smells will evaporate with the vodka. This really works! And is great if you don’t like the perfumes in shop bought fabric fresheners as vodka doesn’t leave a scent behind.

Keep Flowers Fresh

My grandmother always put lemonade in vases of cut flowers to keep them going, but apparently vodka works even better! Add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to the vase before topping up with water. Change the mixture every other day to extend the life of your bouquet.

Clean Glass

Most people know that white vinegar is great for leaving glass smear free, but honestly, I can’t stand the smell. Spray your windows with straight vodka and buff to a streak free finish with some scrunched up newspaper.

Frizz Relief

Amp up your hair care by adding a shot of vodka to your deep conditioner. The vodka works by balancing your scalp’s PH levels (allegedly), and seals the cuticle of the hair shaft, leading to increased shine and a frizz free finish!

Clean Jewellery

Restore lost sparkle to necklaces or diamond rings by popping them in some vodka to soak for five minutes. Then you just rinse under cold water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Like new!

All Natural Mouthwash

For a homemade mouthwash that really works, Mix 250ml of vodka with 9 tablespoons of cinnamon in an airtight jar, leave the mixture to infuse for two weeks and it’s ready to use. It will work to freshen your breath but I wouldn’t recommend it as a cocktail!

Stinging Nettle Relief

If you’ve been working in the garden and come into contact with stinging nettles, try wiping the area with some vodka. The alcohol will help to clean away the formic acid, histamine and acetylcholine that cause the sting. Then wash the area with lots of soap and water.



Shine Bathroom Fixtures

You can use vodka and a soft cloth to remove grease and residue from chrome and porcelain bathroom fixtures and fittings. It will banish soap scum and water spots for a beautiful sparkle and shine.

For tiles and grout, spray liberally with undiluted vodka, allow to soak for 15 minutes, scrub with an old toothbrush, wipe and rinse.

Relieve Toothache

If you’re suffering from toothache, try swirling vodka around your mouth to help soothe the pain. It is a natural antiseptic, so will kill bacteria and can help to numb the area until you can get to a dentist.



Ice Packs

Pour 250ml of vodka and 250ml of water into a ziplock bag, seal tight and freeze. The vodka stops the solution freezing into a hard brick, so it’s much easier to apply to bumps and bruises!

Remove Sticky Stuff

If you’ve bought a new item and the price label has left a sticky mess, you can use vodka to clean it off in seconds. Much less slippery than WD40!

I remember trying to remove duct tape residue from a leather arm chair my Grandpa owned. All the cleaning solutions I tried just seemed to thin the glue and spread it around. A bit of vodka on a cloth made surprisingly short work of it. Although, if you do use it on leather, be sure to condition the area afterwards to avoid any drying effect from the alcohol.

Skin Care

Brew a cup of green tea, cool and add a teaspoon of vodka. Use a cotton ball soaked in the mixture as a home made facial toner. Removes excess oil and shrinks pores.

Perfect Pastry

Substitute a third of the water in your pastry recipies for vodka for perfectly flaky results. The vodka will keep crusts moist without the need for additional water which can result in rubbery dough.

Soothe Cold Sores

Apply undiluted vodka to cold sores with a cotton bud. It will soothe pain and itching and the antiseptic properties mean you’ll heal faster.



Lavender Tincture

I have the WORST time getting to sleep and find that products containing lavender can sometimes help me to drift off. This is worth a try if you’re a fellow insomniac.

Fill a glass jar (a clean baby food jar is ideal) with fresh lavender flowers and top up with vodka. Seal tightly and place on a sunny window ledge for three days. Strain through a coffee filter into a small spray bottle and use on your pulse points before bed, as a pillow spray or rub into skin to help relieve aches and pains.


Who knew there were so many uses for Vodka besides drinking it? So I think I’ll keep those half full bottles after all. I just might relocate them to the cupboard under the sink…

Now, where’s the good stuff? I think I deserve a cheeky cocktail as a reward for all that cleaning 🙂