Thursday, January 24, 2008

Absolut Everything!

Ever make your own deodorant? Yeah, me neither. But check out this recipe for homemade deodorant [source]
Put 2 parts vodka, 1 part lemon or lime juice (if fresh, be sure to strain the pulp), and 1 part water in a container. (Optional: Use a few drops of the essential oils of lemon, lime, and/or lavender) for fragrance. Pour final mixture in a small pump (non-aerosol) spray bottle. Use liberally and adjust water content if skin sensitivity ensues.
They do add that it's safe for children but not recovering alcoholics. Sounds a bit like a vodka gimlet, doesn't it? (without the fragrance... and the spray bottle) Here's another page on that site that offers a perfume recipe make from 3 cups of vodka, and a half cup each of essential oil and orrisroot. hmmmmmm.

I also came across the following list of vodka uses. Who knew??
  1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves the adhesive.
  2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set 5 minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
  3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.
  4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
  5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry.
  6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
  7. Add a splash of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
  8. To treat dandruff, mix 1 cup vodka with 2 teaspoons crushed rosemary. Let sit 2 days, strain through a coffee filter, massage into your scalp and dry.
  9. Fill a 16-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill them.*
  10. Pour 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup water in a freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, reusable ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.
  11. Fill a clean, empty jar with freshly packed lavender flowers. Fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly, and set it in the sun for 3 days. Strain liquid, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.
  12. Make your own mouthwash by mixing 9 tablespoons powdered cinnamon with 1 cup vodka. Seal in an airtight container for 2 weeks. Strain through a coffee filter. Mix with warm water and rinse your mouth. (DON'T SWALLOW!)
  13. Using a cotton swab, apply vodka to a cold sore to help it dry out.
  14. If blister opens, pour vodka over the raw skin as a local anesthetic that also disinfects the exposed dermis.
  15. To treat an earache, put a few drops of vodka in your ear. Let sit for a few minutes, then drain. Vodka will kill the bacteria causing pain in your ear.
  16. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
  17. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
  18. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
  19. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.
  20. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
  21. If all else fails, just turn the bottle upside-down and drink it.

* not advocating this... unless it's you or them, and if bees are after you, you might need to cut back on the vodka perfume.


enigma4ever said...

this is great info....
I will try some of these...
the cleaning tips that is...

John Good said...

WOW! I've been SO ahead of my time for all of these years! (hic) ;)