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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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                                Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                                Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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