Spray vodka on your bathroom and kitchen tiles to make them spotless

Once upon a time, I was watching Oprah! and her guest was Kirstie Alley. My “acquaintance” with Kirstie Alley is a long one having first seen her in the 1980s mini-series North and South, and its sequel North and South II. I watched the shows with my father who fancied himself a connoisseur of beautiful women and he declared Kirstie Alley to be the most beautiful (in fact, the only beautiful) female in both series which also starred Lesley-Anne Down and, in a cameo role, Elizabeth Taylor. Personally, while I always found Ms. Alley’s thick hair gorgeous, I found her eyes too scary.

But, anyway, so Kirstie Alley was Oprah’s guest so I didn’t switch channels (I never really watched Oprah after she started “endorsing” the likes of Dr. Phil so the episode with Kirstie Alley was a real exception). Ms. Alley talked about her youth and her first job as a housekeeper.

To this day, Kirstie says she can still make a sink sparkle. In the bathroom, her favorite room to clean, Kirstie uses a special cleaning solution: vodka.

“You buy the cheapest vodka in the universe in big gallons, but it doesn’t work if you have a housekeeper who’s an alcoholic,” she jokes. “Vodka is antibacterial, and it’s not toxic and it doesn’t have any scent. … It actually makes things really shiny and really clean, and it’s actually cheaper than cleaning products. I’ve used it for 20 years.” [Source]

I swore I’d blog about cheap vodka-as-a-cleaning-agent but I somehow forgot. Until today, that is, when I came across an article that lists even more house cleaning uses for vodka.


(Above, the bottles of vodka we currently have in the house which, I suppose, do not qualify as cheap. I have to find really cheap ones that can be bought by the gallon.)

In 9 ways vodka can help you save money, the author says that, among other things, vodka can clean your clothes, remove odor in a room, treat dandruff — and repel insects.

REPEL INSECTS. Including mosquitoes. If you’re a long time reader, you probably know just how many anti-mosquito strategies we have tried including electronic mats, mosquito coils, citronella sprays and patches, and a portable sonic anti-mosquito repeller.

And now, something new to try. Vodka insect repeller. There is a recipe from DIYLife with only three ingredients — apple cider vinegar, cheap vodka and citronella or eucalyptus oil. No special equipment needed — just a funnel and a spray bottle. Oh, yes, I am going to try it.

*UPDATE on June 2, 2012

I’ve tried it. Read the results here.


  1. says

    Vodka was also one of those featured in Myth Busters. The myth being vodka as an effective liquid in removing food odor. Myth confirmed!