21 Amazing Alternate Uses for Vodka


If you’re a fan of vodka, you know that its smoothness and versatility make it the perfect drink to pair with pretty much any mixer. There’s no end to the praises to be sung about this uniquely intoxicating alcohol, but did you know that there are plenty of other uses for vodka? It turns out that it’s actually a pretty handy substance to have around.

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.

cleaning eyeglasses

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.

shampooing the hair7. 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.

ear drops

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.

foot wash

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. If all else fails, just turn the bottle up and drink it, nothing will matter anymore anyway!
(source: Miss Charming’s Vodka Page)

33 Comments so far

  1. Wesley on March 23rd, 2008

    My 3 year old used a bright green Sharpie to decorate our new television. Vodka cleaned the marker off easily.

  2. David on March 23rd, 2008

    You can also kill weeds with vodka, just mix 1 oz of vodka, 2 cups of water and a couple of drops of liquid soap into a spray bottle, mix and voila!

  3. Simon on March 23rd, 2008

    Soak a bandage? isn’t this the most idiotic idea possible? Alcohol kills all living cells in a wound, both good and bad. This will seriously hurt if you wound is not COMPLETELY healed first.
    Also, using it on an open blister will turn in into a full blow scab instead of slighly sore spot, will hurt like hell too.

  4. Anonymous on March 23rd, 2008

    Erm; you should probably do a bit of research before following the advice presented here . . . alcohol can exacerbate jellyfish stings.

  5. Bailey on March 23rd, 2008

    The Mythbusters have tested several of these vodka myths. The poison oak cure, bee killer cure, and bandaid removal cure have all been declared BUSTED! You should also never put anything containing alcohol on your hair. It will completely dry it out!

  6. Mike Jones on March 23rd, 2008

    “5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry.”

    See, I take a more proactive approach - I make sure that my vomit already has vodka in it so that it won’t leave stains in the first place.

  7. Mark on March 23rd, 2008

    8. (Bee killer) Mythbusters disproved this. Not strong enough.
    11. (Mouthwash) Mythbusters found it worked, but normal mouthwash works better.

    17.(eliminate foot oder) Mythbusters says this works.
    18. (rid jellyfish sting of pain)Mythbusters says this actually works.

    19. (cure poison ivy) Mythbusters sez this is a waste of good vodka, and that it doesn’t work.

  8. Celeste on March 23rd, 2008

    For most of these rubbing alcohol is a better solution, and cheaper.

    Also, I agree that alcohol to cleanse wounds is a bad idea. They specifically tell you not to use alcohol on new piercings because it damages the healthy cells along with the bacteria. A saline solution, or even peroxide is better

  9. fds on March 23rd, 2008

    Apply one tablespoon of vodka inside ear canal on the on-set of an ear infection. It’ll be gone by morning.

  10. jcsR.Ph. on March 23rd, 2008

    most of the tips listed would be equally effective with rubbing alcohol at a fraction of the price of even the cheapest rot gut bottom shelf vodka.

    only oral uses would require a drinkable alcohol.

    better hope that vodka ice pack you use on a black eye doesn’t leak, ouch!!!!

  11. william on March 23rd, 2008

    Apply vodka liberally to a member of the opposite sex (or any other recipient of your affection) and wake up next to them in the morning.

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  15. Matt A. on March 24th, 2008

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

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

    Both of these were dispelled as Myths of the internet by the show Mythbusters.

    The bees got really drunk, once they sobered up they were fine.

    And the Vodka as a topical treatment for poison ivy was a total bust as well.

    Soap and water will also remove the poison ivy resin from your skin. But, like Vodka

  16. Cindy on March 24th, 2008

    Vodka can also be used as an anecdote for antifreeze ingestion by animals. If caught very soon after ingesting the anitfreeze, a veterinarian can administer a vodka IV drip and it will counteract the toxins in the antifreeze. Learned that from our local vet. She’s saved more than one animal like that, but only if started very quickly.

  17. Bojacko on March 24th, 2008

    I had food poisoning and upended two or three shots of vodka, next day it was cleared up. I looked it up, and apparently hard alcohol can cure, or at least lessen the effects of, food poisoning.

  18. Lidko on March 25th, 2008

    Perfect pie dough! It inhibits the gluten from making pie dough tough. Search for the recipe –it works!

  19. ikie on March 27th, 2008

    An old man in a doctor’s office once told me that he filled a gallon jar with plums, then fill it jar with vodka. Let is sit for 3 weeks. Then, every day take out one plum and eat it. He said it helped his arthritis. Maybe he was drunk and didn’t care about his arthritis.

  20. The Bruiser on March 29th, 2008

    Some excellent suggestions but did you know that there are 22 amazing alternative uses for beer. I can’t remember what the first 21 uses are but the twenty second is to drink it. Always satisfying!

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  22. 10pm on September 19th, 2008

    So my buddy had an ear infection and heard vodka would clean it right out. Well, he tried that and it hurt like hell. So he goes to the clinic and finds out that he has a hole in his ear drum. Now, knowing that vodka kills cells in open wounds, we\’re not wondering why his hearing is damaged…

    So folks, ear infection? See your local practioneer before you do anything abrasive to your ears.

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  25. Jacob on February 10th, 2009

    do you know what i wouldnt waste a bottle vodka any day i would just drink it !

  26. J.J. on May 21st, 2009

    Sounds pretty crazy to me all the different uses for Vodka. It is better to use regular rubbing alcohol, it will do the same thing.

  27. ttownbeast on August 26th, 2009

    Hydrogen peroxide is safer for skin applications and makes for a better mouthwash without the medicine breath than alcohol, brush your teeth with baking soda and follow up with peroxide that combination is damn near impossible to accidentally swallow considering peroxides natural foaming reaction to microbes. Leave the vodka for drinking.

  28. Marebear2406 on August 27th, 2009

    I like the last suggestion the best: 21. If all else fails, just turn the bottle up and drink it, nothing will matter anymore anyway! ^_^

  29. dan on September 8th, 2009

    I would frequently rub vodka into all of my vomit stains…


  30. court on September 22nd, 2009

    Crazy that it will help clean vomit stains considering it’s what caused the vomit in the first place but it does work

  31. Frederik on November 13th, 2009

    you can get real deal hammered on vodka as well, one of the hidden gifts in vodka :p

  32. umm, hey, cindy? on November 13th, 2009

    you would tell the dog an amusing story about something that happened to you in real life? Than maybe send it to “Readers Digest”? Weird man..,

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