How To Clean Your House – With Vodka

How to clean your house with vodka is not something you hear of each day. This is why when you do (like now) you need drop everything and take a look. DIY Projects doesn’t normally do home making articles, but when we found out you can actually clean a lot of your home with Vodka, this was too big a temptation to pass up.

Now, let’s say (for argument sake) you’re holding a bottle of Vodka.  You could walk through the house and get rid of the whole lot by doing some of the following vital cleaning. Here’s how:

How to clean your house – with Vodka


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So what can we indulge in with a bottle of Vodka that won’t involve the long, overweight, icing sugar-encrusted arm law?

Clean your laundry and soft furnishing with vodka

As Vodka destroys odour-causing bacteria and doesn’t leave a scent when it’s dry, it is perfect for cleaning smelly fabric around the house – including armchairs’ fabric, kitchen towels etc.

Spray Vodka on stinky shoes; on whiffy household items like cushions and curtains; and  on smelly garments like Jackets that you don’t want to wash. Hang out in a well-ventilated area and leave to dry.  Make sure you do a spot test in a hidden area for colour fastness first before you go all crazy with the spraying.

Clean your chandelier and other glass in your home with vodka

We’ll go to the living room to administer the next use for Vodka.  No, we’re not going to plump down on the couch and have a drink. We’re going to clean the chandelier without even having to move it. Chandeliers are very difficult to clean and can be expensive if you call in the professionals to do the job.  Instead, get your trusted spray top bottle and mix a solution of five teaspoons of Vodka to one pint of water.  Place a protective plastic sheet on the floor, around the bulb, and on any furniture in the vicinity.  Get yourself a trusted stool and someone to hold it down for you (health and safety and all that) and proceed to spray the chandelier bit by bit.  You will notice an instant difference as the Vodka works through the dust and grime light fittings can pick up.  Be extra careful and only spray on glass parts because as you know, water and electricity don’t make good bedfellows.

Clean your windows with Vodka

Now for the windows. I’ve had a cheap secret about cleaning my windows which I’ve used for years and years.  I think that the time has come to pass it on. Use a spray top bottle with some water, a generous dollop of Vodka, and a few old newspapers.  Mix the Vodka with the water and spray on your windows.  Immediately crumple up the old newspaper and clean off the solution with a nice bit of elbow grease.  The combination of Vodka and black ink from the newspapers leave your windows with an extra special sparkle. (There is no need to wipe down with anything else after the newspapers).

How to clean your bathroom with vodka

Vodka has several uses in the bathroom.  The first one we will tackle is cleaning around the bathtub, sink and shower.  Vodka is perfect for getting rid of chalking around these very wet areas. Fill your handy, trusted spray top bottle with Vodka, spray affected spots, leave for five minutes, then scrub off.

In addition: get a soft, cotton rag, soak this with Vodka and wipe the nasty hairspray and gel stains off your bathroom mirrors, the alcohol works a treat!

Pour a little Vodka into a glass and leave your razor (for men and women) in there for future use. Not only will your blades be preserved well, they’ll also be kept disinfected and ready to use the next time you need them.

Use Vodka to clean your rose bushes in your garden

Let’s go out into the garden (and this one is a gem for organic gardeners like myself).  We’ve all got to do our bit for the environment so a lot of gardeners are now leaving the chemicals behind.  To wash  aphids off the roses, mix about 3 ounces of Vodka to one pint of water and spray liberally on them.  As the solution is a natural one, no gloves are needed, and it’s safe to use your fingers to flick the stubborn ones off the stems.  Be careful not to aim at the bees or ladybirds because you don’t want to get them drunk :-). They work with us for a healthy garden, we want to protect them.

We’ll also make a bit of this solution for later and keep it in a safe place to use on your skin as a natural bug repellent.

As we’re already outside, why not go into the shed and work some of those rusty bolts loose.  Spray some Vodka on rusty bolts in spare parts left too long in the shed, on kids’ toys, bikes etc which have been left out to the elements for too long.  Wait a minute, then unscrew them without a problem.

Vodka for personal care

Now for our usual treat we allow ourselves after our cleaning jobs.  The bottle of Vodka is probably nearly all gone now, but I’m sure there’s still some left for our last couple of undertakings.  Vodka is fabulous for washing your hair (it leaves no after smell)  Pour two tablespoons of Vodka into your usual shampoo.  This will make it clean your hair a whole lot better. Vodka also helps to remove toxins from hair, cleans scalp thoroughly, and acts as a stimulant for healthy hair growth.  You can’t get one shampoo with all these properties  as far as I know

For an extra tip: A recipe to make yourself a nice rewarding drink for all the work you’ve done: Pour yourself a half  a glass of orange juice, add three tablespoonfuls of Vodka, place two pieces of ice into your drink and hey presto! You’ve just made yourself a relaxing (but not knock-you-out) screwdriver.  Enjoy!

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12 Responses to How To Clean Your House – With Vodka

  1. christine davids
    June 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    cant seem to get enough of your wonderful articles,nice one here!
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  2. Hugo from Onmyphd April 29, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    A very imaginative post indeed. This is just for Vodka or any very alchoolic drink would work? I also use vinegar to clean windows :).

  3. Shawn from Brandenberry February 22, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    I never knew that vodka has so many other uses apart from drinking and having fun. I have an entertaining time reading this, and even called my girlfriend to read this together with me. We can clean now the armrest of old-fashioned looking armchairs that we have in the living room. We had a difficulty time cleaning such, with the smell still noticeable after applying some cleaning aids. We were afraid that if we apply so much of these cleaning aids, we might spoil the armrest. Now that we have tried the vodka, it actually works! We are glad to have come across this article. In fact, my girlfriend has not started using vodka in her shampoo for personal care.

  4. sarankumar
    August 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and
    I am impressed! Extremely helpful info specifically
    the last part 🙂
    Thank you and good luck.

  5. amruta August 3, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Hey, This article is really awesome. I never know the benefits of vodka. First time i heard that we can use Vodka as a cleaning agent. Thanks for sharing this with us. 🙂

    • Anne August 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      Some people think it may be an expensive way to clean, but it’s also a very safe way to clean. Vodka gets rid of germs without anti-bacterial work. This means that we can still live healthy lives while building up a resistance to germs we wouldn’t normally come across with the anti-bacterial wipes. I never use them because kids need to have some level of resistance.
      …And you can always get the cheap vodka for cleaning 🙂

      • Labeling Machine March 8, 2013 at 9:44 am #

        This is so impressive Anne! such a great a mind! you really never fail to amuse me. 🙂

  6. Elena Anne July 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    What a brilliant post. Good variety in the tasks it can be used for, and, of course, nice touch in allowing us to have the last of the bottle!
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    • Anne August 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      Ha! I thought that would be useful at the end 🙂

  7. Joe Helms July 29, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    Some good tips. I’ve seen various ‘do-everything-with-vodka’ emails and such over the years, but most are just lists of things, without any of the details.

    I wasn’t aware of the one about spraying for aphids – but it makes sense that bugs wouldn’t like getting hit with alcohol.

    Using it as a bug spray sounds interesting, too.

    My biggest issue is, of course… what a waste of good booze!
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    • Anne July 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Joe. I don’t drink Vodka, so to me its usefulness is more practical than relaxing. I can understand what you mean though. I wouldn’t consider cleaning with a bottle of expensive red wine 🙂

      • Joe Helms July 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

        Hah, I don’t drink it too often, either, now that you mention it. I guess really it seems like an expensive cleaning agent!

        Then again, if you need something in a pinch, it’s better than nothing – I’ll have to remember this when I show up at a picnic this summer and forget my bug spray…
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