Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Crazy Cleaning Tips - Cleaning with Vodka - Happy Slob Housecleaning Tips

Now here's a bunch of cleaning tips that should really grab your attention - cleaning with vodka! "Vodka??" You might ask. "Is she nuts?" Well...that's still up for debate, but on the topic of cleaning with vodka, I'm absolutely serious.

I've collected some of my favorite vodka cleaning tips for you, all right here. And remember: you certainly don't need a beautiful, expensive bottle of vodka for cleaning purposes. Just the cheapest old variety will do a fantastic job.

  1. Cleaning pet stains - of which I've encountered many! Vodka is great at lifting even tough stains. Since vodka is colorless and odorless, it won't add any additional staining to your carpet. I would be tempted to try a few tablespoons in my little carpet spot cleaner the next time the cats have a stomach upset...I'll post the results.
  2. Jewelry cleaner - Get those rocks sparkling again! Just let them soak in a tiny dish, swishing the jewelry around a bit to loosen gunk and grime that's had time to collect over the years. This is a tip I'm going to utilize this week - my old diamond solitaire is looking pretty UN-sparkly and needs a good clean.
  3. Cleaning leather - this was posted a couple of years ago by a Happy Slob reader: "I also used straight vodka to clean white paint off my son's black leather jacket. Worked great."
  4. Cleaning chandeliers - Now I don't have a chandelier myself, but I can only imagine the agony it must be to clean one! So I found this tip using vodka for all of you who DO have chandeliers to clean: "Vodka is also an excellent cleaner for chandeliers. Just mix one part of vodka with five parts of water and spray it on your chandelier. Let the excess drip onto a towel on the floor below."
  5. Cleaning clothing stains - Use it full strength to muscle away stubborn stains on clothing, including grass stains or food stains.

6 comments:

Phyllis said...

I think plain ole rubbing alcohol would do the same thing. for less $$.

I knwo for a fact it works for cleaning glass, with slightly less water than you suggest.

HappySlob said...

Hey Phyllis,

You're right...but if anyone happens to have vodka around, I still think these tips are really fun.

Take care,
Christina

Linda said...

Vodka ROCKS for cleaning. I had a cat and the vodka worked wonders on stains.

I use vodka on a cotton ball as an astringent when my skin gets super oily in the summer. It doesn't strip the oils as much as rubbing alcohol or witch hazel.

You can also add some vodka to your shampoo to make hair extra shiny. And pour a bit in a pan of water to soak your feet in at the end of a long, hard day... no foot odor!!!

I don't drink, but I bought a big bottle of fairly cheap vodka at Sam's Club. It lasts a very long time.

~ Linda

list mama said...

I, too, have reservations about the cost of this cleaning solution. I LOVE your approach to cleaning, though. Your blog is a lot of "fun"!

Jen
http://www.ListPlanIt.com

FloorSoClean said...

Amazing and fun way to do your own cleaning at home! But when you're too busy, we can definitely help out! Great blog!

Anonymous said...

How cool it is to have one item like vodka that has so many cleaning uses.

I've thrown away the poisonous cleaning items under my sink.