Vodka makes an excellent base liquor for many cocktails; but have you ever thought about using it to clean? Continue reading to learn how you can use an everyday, store-bought vodka to sterilize and clean several areas of your home!
What is Vodka?
Vodka is made by the distillation of plant matter that is rich in starch or sugar. Plant matter commonly includes various types of grains, such as corn, rye, and wheat, or other foodstuffs, like potatoes, grapes, and soybeans. Since its origin, it has been used in many applications other than beverages, including several health remedies, antiseptics, anesthetics, beauty aids, and of course, cleaning.
Why Does Vodka Work?
Vodka has a high alcohol content; traditionally, 30 to 40% by volume. In fact, the alcohol content is so high that it can be used as a cleaning agent for contaminants like germs, dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and more. The alcohol content works well as a sterilizer for all kinds of surfaces, such as countertops, fixtures, windows, floors, mirrors, and even fabrics!
Choosing a Brand
When it comes to choosing a vodka to clean your house with, there is no need to reach for the top shelf brands you prefer for your Screw Drivers and Dirty Martinis. For cleaning and sterilization purposes, you can stick with a basic, generic brand of vodka. The quality of the liquor will not have any influence on its cleaning abilities, so reserve the good stuff for yourself. On the other hand, organic vodka comes highly recommended for the job.
How to Use It
Get yourself a clean, plastic spray bottle to start; then fill it with your choice of vodka.
For mold and mildew, simply spray the vodka on the affected area and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Then use a cleaning brush or sponge to scrub the mold and mildew away. Then just rinse the surface with clean water. To clean plumbing fixtures like faucets, drains, door knobs, and more, just spray vodka onto a cloth or paper towel and use some good old-fashioned elbow grease to polish them up.
For mirrors, windows, and other glass surfaces, spray the solution onto the surface and then buff away the blemishes with a paper towel or bunched up newspaper. Then finish by polishing with a microfiber cloth to reveal a beautiful shine.
To refresh clothing without tossing them into the washing machine, dilute your vodka with water, and then mist the fabric with your solution. As it dries, the alcohol eliminates any residual odors, like smoke and grease, without leaving behind the smell of vodka. This is a great trick to refresh smelly work uniforms or aprons, as well as, pillows, cushions, curtains, and bedding. Furthermore, it is better than Febreeze® because there are no harsh chemicals damaging the integrity of your clothing!
To remove stickers and adhesives, just spray a solution of pure vodka directly onto the sticky area. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then wipe the surface clean with a rag or melamine sponge (i.e. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser®). Price tags and labels will no longer be a bother!
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