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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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                                12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                                1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                                I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                                Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                                Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                                2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                                The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                                It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                                Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                                In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                                You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                                This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                                The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                                Less Physical, More Psychological

                                Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                                This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                                The First Benefit of Meditation

                                The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                                1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                                2. Relaxation of the body

                                Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                                Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                                That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                                When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                                When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                                Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                                Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                                This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                                Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                                Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                                This benefit takes you to the second one.

                                The Second Benefit of Meditation

                                While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                                1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                                2. Observance
                                3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                                4. Patience

                                Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                                You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                                This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                                1. Energy

                                Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                                2. Observance

                                The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                                3. Peacefulness

                                Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                                4. Patience

                                The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                                The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                                Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                                Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                                The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                                • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                                • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                                • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                                • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                                • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                                • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                                These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                                Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                                Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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