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1. Keep Cut Flowers Fresh The secret to keeping cut flowers looking good as long as possible is to minimize the growth of bacteria in the water and to provide nourishment to replace what the flower would have gotten had it not been cut. Add a few drops of vodka to the vase water for antibacterial action alone with 1 teaspoon sugar. Change the water every other day, refreshing the vodka and sugar each time.

2. Make Your Own Vanilla Extract Here’s an unusual homemade treat you can use to spice up a gift basket, and it takes only minutes to make. Get one real dried vanilla bean and slice it open from top to bottom. Place it in a glass jar and cover it with ¾ cup vodka. Seal the jar, and let it rest in a kitchen cabinet for 4-6 months, shaking it occasionally. Filter your home made vanilla extract through an unbleached coffee filter or cheesecloth into a decorative bottle and watch the face of your favorite cook light up with pleasure.

3. Clean Glass and Jewelry In a pinch, a few drops of vodka will clean any kind of glass or jewelry with crystalline gemstones. You could dip a napkin into your vodka on the rocks to wipe away the grime on your eyeglasses or dunk your diamond ring for a few minutes to get it sparkling again. But don’t try this with contact lenses! Avoid getting alcohol on any gemstones that’s not a crystal. Only diamonds, emeralds and the like will benefit from a vodka bath.

4. Use as a Hygienic Soak Vodka is an alcohol, and like any alcohol, it kills germs. If you don’t have ordinary rubbing alcohol on hand, use vodka instead. You can use it to soak razor blades you plan to reuse, as well as to clean hairbrushes, toothbrushes and pet brushes, or on anything else that might spread germs.

5. Kill Weeds in the Yard For a quick and easy weed killer, mix 1 ounce vodka, a few drops liquid dish soap, and 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the weed leaves until the mixture runs off. Apply it at midday on a sunny day to weeds growing in direct sunlight, because the alcohol breaks down the waxy cuticle covering leaves, leaving them susceptible to dehydration in sunlight. It won’t work in shade.

6.Erase Window Streaks As an alternative to using chemical cleansers, spray glass panes with diluted vodka, then wipe them down with a lint-free cloth.

7. Shine Chrome Put an end to soap scum and hard-water spots by soaking a soft cloth in vodka and wiping it over shiny fixtures.

8. Deodorize Clothes Undiluted vodka on clothes to help remove musty smells, then hang-dry them in a well-ventilated area.

9. Remove Rust from Screws Grab a glass jar and leave a weathered screw in vodka for just a few hours, then wipe to get rid of rust.

10. Remove Stains from Upholstery Dip a clean cloth in vodka and rub it on fabric to help take out stubborn stains caused by ink, grass, and some foods.

11. Remove Mold and Mildew Rid tile and caulk of dark spots by spraying them with vodka. Let sit for up to 30 minutes, scrub with a grout brush or old toothbrush, and rinse thoroughly.

12. Soothe Aching Muscles Treat sore muscles with a pack made by pouring equal parts of vodka and water into a resealable bag and freezing it to create a super-cold slushy mix. Whether you treat yourself to a cocktail afterward is up to you! 13. Get Rid of Shoe Odor Boots smelling ripe? Spritz the insides with diluted vodka; let dry. No more odor.

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