By Damilola Faustino
Vodka is not just for drinking and having a good time – well yes that is the primary purpose, you know how we like to be extra with our research. We discovered some surprising uses for the popular spirit and you’ll be delighted to find out they are very useful for you:
Vodka can be used as a natural disinfectant, all it takes is a quick transfer from liquor bottle to spray bottle to turn vodka into an amazingly powerful all-purpose cleanser that tackles everything from windows and mirrors to counter tops and cabinets.
Typically, spilling a cocktail on yourself would be a good indicator that it’s time to switch to water. But a spritz of vodka on your clothing, be it a musty old sweater or your favourite pair of gym shoes, can actually help freshen you up as it kills odour-causing bacteria on the spot without leaving any chemical-like scent.
Vodka’s antimicrobial properties make it a worthy opponent against mould. The best part? The cheaper the bottle, the less filtered it’s likely to be, which is good news when it comes to killing mould.
While several studies have shown that drinking beer can make you more prone to mosquito bites, a quick way to help repel those pesky insects is by spraying yourself with vodka. Just make sure it’s not one a flavoured.
Vodka can help to eliminate garden weeds, but it needs the assistance of the sun. You can mix a litre of vodka with two cups of water and a few drops of dish soap, to be applied at midday on a sunny day to weeds growing in direct sunlight, because the alcohol breaks down the waxy cuticle covering on leaves, leaving them susceptible to dehydration in sunlight. It won’t work in shade.
From frizz to dandruff, vodka has become a go-to solution for a variety of hair care problems. Vodka has a low pH level and is naturally acidic, which when added to conditioner can help maintain and lower a high pH level found in the hair. It has the ability to seal the hair cuticle which will manage and reduce the appearance of frizz, resulting in softer and shinier strands. Also, a shot of vodka to your bottle of shampoo can also help in relieving itchy scalps, thus reducing dandruff.
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