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More Reasons to Love Vodka

Many people over the age of 21 enjoy the taste of vodka in a good cocktail. And many people under 21 do not enjoy the taste of vodka straight from a shot glass as they try to forget the final exam that determines their fate (of was that just me?) Regardless, vodka is not just for consumption anymore! Here are a few handy, new uses for vodka.

Vodka’s New Tricks

1) Windows: If you have gnarly streaks and smudges on windows or mirrors but no chemical cleaner in sight, just dilute vodka with water (about 50/50). Spray it on and wipe it down with a lint free cloth. 

2) Fixtures: Soak a soft cloth in vodka and then wipe it over fixtures to destroy soap scum and hard-water spots. See? It just goes to show you that vodka can loosen-up anything…or anyone.

3) Screws: If you pinch pennies like me, then you aren’t above reusing screws. To spruce-up rusted screws, just let them soak in a cup of vodka for a few hours. Once you remove them, the rust will be broken-up enough to wipe them clean.

4) Flowers: Keep flowers longer by mixing a few drops of vodka with a teaspoon of sugar to hinder the production of ethylene, which causes flowers to wilt.

5) Upholstery: To remove grass, ink, some food and other ugly stains, dip a cloth in vodka and rub it on fabric to help with the stubborn spots.

6) Mold and Mildew: Spritz vodka onto tile and grout and let it sit for up to 30 minutes. Then scrub with a grout brush or an old toothbrush and rinse thoroughly.

7) Odors: Spray the inside of boots with undiluted vodka and simply let dry. For clothing, you can lightly spray that same undiluted vodka on clothes to help remove musty smells. Just make sure you hang-dry them in a well-vented area or else everyone at work will start to think that 5 o’clock is coming early for you.

Although vodka can be pricier than an individual cleaning supply, it enables you to skip buying Windex, Febreze, Stain Sicks or Tilex, which will save money in the long run. And not to mention, once you’re done with your chores, vodka has it’s own built in reward system! So drink up, you cleaning machine, you.

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About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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