Monday, March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011: Vodka as a Cleaning Agent

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When it comes to household cleaning chores, vodka works much the same as rubbing alcohol and vinegar while really imparting a sparkly shine. Of course, if you’re going to use vodka for cleaning, buy the cheapest stuff you can find. It would be shame to use tasty Grey Goose for this purpose!

Uses for Vodka:

* Bathtub Cleaner: Spray full strength onto the caulking around your tub/shower. Let it sit for 15 minutes or so then scrub with an old toothbrush to remove any lingering black spots. No need to rinse!

* Jewelry Cleaner: Clean your jewelry with full-strength vodka. If you have one of those containers with a basket and brush, fill it with vodka when it’s empty. Drop your gold and precious stone (except for soft stones such as opals) jewelry into the vodka and let it sit for a couple minutes. Scrub the crevices with a toothbrush or the tiny brush that comes with commercial cleaning solution. Wipe with a soft cloth for an amazing sparkle.

* Eyeglass cleaner: Spray with full strength vodka (or rubbing alcohol) and rub dry with a soft cloth. Once again, if you’ve got a container –those little spray bottles – from a commercial cleaner you purchased, fill it with vodka after it runs out. You can also add a couple drops tea tree oil if you want.

* Washing delicate clothing: I haven’t tried this one so use at your own risk. If you have a piece of expensive clothing with fancy beaded or other type of decorations that require dry cleaning only, freshen them up between cleanings with vodka. Turn inside out and lightly spray a bit of vodka on the underarm and neck areas. This removes odors and yellowing.

And hey, you might just want to partake of a bit of your “cleaning agent” while you’re doing your chores around the house!

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