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15 Uses Of Vodka You May Have Never Imagined

15 Uses Of Vodka You May Have Never Imagined

Vodka is a very popular drink around the world, and it’s not that hard to see why. It is very neutral, with no harsh smell and mixes well with tons of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. However, it’s also true that we should strive to limit our alcohol intake if we want to stay in good health and in good shape. But what if I told you that there many different uses for vodka that you might not be aware of? We’re not talking about different ways to mix cocktails with it, but actual useful ways in which it can help you around the home. These different applications will be divided into three big types, so you can quickly browse through and find an interesting hack that you could use in your daily life.

Medical uses

1. Treat a tooth ache

Shot of vodka

    When you start having a tooth ache, pour some vodka on a small cotton ball and put it on the gums above the sore tooth. After a while it should begin alleviating some of the pain.

    2. Add it to your shampoo to fight against dandruff and keep you hair healthy

    Vodka shampoo

      Mix a shot glass of vodka with a glass of water and use it to rinse out your hair after washing it using your normal shampoo and conditioner. This should prevent any leftover shampoo or dead skin flakes from building up. Mixing in a bit of vodka with your hair conditioner will result in a mixture with a lower ph value, which will help keep your hair frizz-free and shiny if you apply it once a week.

      3. Use it as a mouthwash

      vodka mouthwash

        As I’ve already mentioned, vodka is quite neutral tasting, but it is also a great disinfectant and good for killing odors. You can combine vodka with some water and a few teaspoons of cinnamon to create a refreshing mouthwash. Let it rest for a week or so before you use it.

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        4. Make a long-lasting flexible ice pack

        Jelena Jankovic of Serbia holds an ice pack on her head during her match against Simona Halep of Romania  during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York

          Mixing a glass of vodka with the water that you pour into a freezer bag will lower the entire concoctions freezing temperature, leaving you with a very cold “ice pack” that is flexible and can be molded to fit the body.

          5. Repel bugs by applying it to the skin

          Vodka bug spray

            Vodka is actually an incredibly effective bug repellent. You just pour some vodka into a spray bottle, add a bit of lavender essential oil to give it a nice scent, and then spray it all over your body.

            6. Cure a jellyfish sting

            jellyfish

              Instead of going through the clichéd “should I urinate on my friend’s leg” inner monologue the next time someone you know gets stung by a jellyfish, you can try pouting vodka on it. It is said to soothe these stings after some 10-20 minutes.

              Personal hygiene uses

              7. Cure smelly armpits and feet

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              Vodka deodorant

                A dab of vodka under the armpits or a few squirts of it from a spray bottle on the feet will be enough to kill the bad odours and make you feel fresh.

                8. Use it as an aftershave

                vodka aftershave

                  The key ingredient in most aftershaves is actually alcohol – it is what is used to disinfect the face and soothe it, preventing inflammation. Vodka has a good balance when it comes to alcohol content and will work wonders for your face.

                  9. Clean your hands with it

                  Washing hands with vodka

                    Given the high amounts of alcohol in it, vodka can be used to clean and disinfect hands before a meal or after going to the bathroom.

                    10. Keep your razor soaked in it to keep it clean and sharp

                    Razor in vodka

                      The main reason why razors become dull so quickly is because small amounts of hair, water and shaving cream are left on the blades after each use. If you clean the blade properly and leave it to soak in a glass of vodka, it won’t be eaten up by acid or rust and will be completely disinfected for your next use.

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                      Cleaning tasks

                      11. Use it to clean windows

                      Cleaning House

                        Another product that relies primarily on alcohol for its effectiveness is your average window cleaner. You can take a spray bottle and fill it up with vodka, as it will to just as good of a job cleaning your windows.

                        12. Disinfect your rugs and mattresses

                        VOdka for cleaning matress

                          Your rugs see a lot of foot traffic, and sometimes pets run into the house bringing in all kinds of dirt and germs, on a daily basis and aren’t washed all that frequently. You’ll also use the same mattress for a long time. A good way of keeping them fairly fresh is to spray some vodka on them, killing any odours and disinfecting them.

                          13. Spray it on darker clothes to prevent the colour from fading

                          Vodka on dark clothes

                            The problem with dark clothes is that the colour will fade in time, and the discolouration might happen in some places and not in others. To help protect your clothes from this, you’ll only need to spray some vodka on them. You can add some lavender or some other essential oil to make the clothes smell great as well.

                            14. Spray it in sneakers to neutralize odours

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                            Vodka for sneakers

                              Vodka can be used on the body to disinfect it and kill odour causing bacteria, but it can also be applied to your gym sneakers to neutralize odours. Spray it inside the shoes and leave them out to vent.

                              15. Use it to clean mould or grease

                              Vodka mold cleaner

                                As long as your mould problem hasn’t gotten out of hand, you will be able to clean mouldy spots using some vodka and a sturdy brush. It can also be used to clean greasy dishes – just pour some of it in the water you soak your dishes in and let them soak for a few minutes before washing them.

                                As you can see, vodka can be a multipurpose household item, used from anything from parties to shaving or cleaning the house. I hope you’ll find some of these tips useful.

                                Featured photo credit: Janis Petranis/vodka via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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