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.