A bottle of vodka. Crazy, it was a bottle of vodka with a note attached from my roommate that said “enjoy your new success”. He must have slipped it in the box when I was moving. A little surprise when I got to my new place, but I never opened the box! If this was an episode of “Friends” we would be Chandler and Joey. We are still great friends to this day. He probably always wonders why did I never say “thanks for the vodka”. Or, he just forgot.
So, now I have this bottle of vodka. And I love the sentiment, but we weren’t exactly rich in those days. This isn’t the top-shelf fun stuff. This isn’t the mid grade stuff that sits at the home bar. This isn’t even the rail vodka you get with a mixed drink at the local bar. This stuff is… Well, I don’t have a clue what this stuff is. I don’t think it should have existed, and I absolutely do not trust the shelf life of whatever this beautiful gift is.
What do I do with it. Flush it and recycle the bottle? Create lighter fluid? Place it on the mantle as a reminder of where I came from? I’m kidding. I decided to see if there is anything I can do with old vodka, and surprisingly enough.
YOU CAN CLEAN WITH IT!
What? When did this happen? I suppose I only thought of vodka as a cleaning agent. Now, I live in an eco-friendly cleaned home. We use green products, and it turns out vodka is a natural cleaner. I mean it’s not distilled white vinegar, but it is a cleaning agent.
Here is some cool stuff that I learned:
Your Basic Surfaces Cleaner
Mix In A Spray Bottle
- 4 ounces vodka
- 8 ounces distilled white vinegar
- 4 ounces lemon juice
- 8 drops essential oil (pick your favorite scent)
- 2 or 3 drops castile soap
- Take orange peels and let them sit in a sealed jar of vodka for 4-5 weeks
- Drain the liquid into a spray bottle and you have a powerful citrus scented cleaner
- Spray vodka on soap scum. Let sit just a few minutes and wipe away.
15- 20 minutes before bedtime you can refresh your sheets and pillowcases with a spray.
Mix The Following In A Spray Bottle
- ½ Cup Distilled Water
- ½ Cup Vodka
- 40 Drops Lavender Essential Oils
Mirrors And Windows
- Spray straight vodka onto windows, mirrors, and glass-topped furniture. Stay away from the wood finishes. Wipe off vodka with a microfiber cloth to remove streaks and smudges.
- Pour ½ cup vodka into your toilet once a month to keep toilet rings from forming.
It’s pretty easy. I mean I never had any intention to clean with vodka, but if you have an old bottle sitting around and you wonder what to do. There is the solution in an eco-friendly way.