Daily Health Tips update for May 12:
When the world gives you lemons, make lemonade … or maybe a lemondrop martini. Yes, vodka has its obvious uses, but it also happens to be a handy little liquid to have around the house. Check these 8 ways vodka can make your life a little brighter and cleaner.
- Got a toothache? You should probably see a dentist, but in the meantime you can try swishing a shot of vodka over the affected area. It can help disinfect and numb some of the pain in your gums.
- The soothing properties of lavender. Did you know that herbalists have used lavender for generations to naturally ease aches and pains? Make an extract of lavender with this DIY tip: Fill a clean glass jar with fresh lavender flowers, and then top off with vodka. Seal the lid tightly and place in the sun for three days. Strain the resulting liquid through a coffee filter, and poof! You have a homemade extract to rub into aches and pains.
- Hair of the dog. Add 1–2 ounces of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo for healthier, lush hair.
- Buzz off! Did you know vodka can act as a natural insect repellant? If you’re fresh out of the industrial strength repellant or if you just don’t want to spray the harsh chemicals on your sensitive skin, pour a small spray bottle full of vodka and enjoy the outdoors bite free.
- Flower power! Add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to the water in your flower vase. It should help keep your flowers fresh longer. Change out the mixture with fresh ingredients daily.
- Freshen up laundry. Keep your clothes smelling fresher with vodka? Yep! Simply spritz your duds with the stuff, and then hang to dry in a well-ventilated area.
- Relieve Poison Ivy. The summer months sometimes involve a literal “brush” with nature. To avoid reactions to poison ivy, immediately pour vodka on to skin that has come into contact with the plant. The alcohol will wash away the itchy culprit and relieve the pain and swelling associated with it.
- Got mold? The stuff spreads easily and can severely diminish indoor air quality. So, instead of harsh chemical sprays, try filling a recycled spray bottle with some bottom-shelf vodka. Spritz on, then let sit for 15 minutes and scrub away with an old toothbrush.