Sorry to burst your bubble, but you're not going to save by drinking vodka! However, the liquor actually has a couple of household uses that will come in handy. Not to mention, you won't be splashing unnecessary money on products, and you'll be doing the environment some good because it's less toxic. Invest in a bottle of cheap vodka to stretch your dollar in these ways:
- Remove a bandaid: Dab vodka onto a bandaid with a cotton swab, and you'll be able to remove it in no time.
- Clean your clothes: First, do a spot test on the piece of clothing just to be on the safe side. If the material stays in the same condition, spray vodka on the outfit. It'll keep your clothes fresh in between laundry loads and kill any lingering odors. The liquor is also a good stain remover, so dab some on stubborn stains before throwing your clothes into the washer.
- Get rid of mold: Spray it on the mold in your bathroom, and after letting it soak in for a good while, wipe it clean. The alcohol will kill the mold.
- DIY deodorant: Make your own natural deodorant with this recipe, which includes vodka, water, and essential oils.
- Prevent flowers from wilting: Add a few drops of vodka into your flower vase to preserve your lovely bouquet. Vodka lengthens the life of the blooms because it inhibits ethylene production, which is what helps the plant mature, according to the Scientific American.
- Repel insects: Use vodka as an ingredient for a bug repellent. DIYlife.com recommends to mix it with apple cider vinegar and drops of citronella or eucalyptus essential oil. Spray it on yourself or areas you don't want bugs to come crawling, such as your patio furniture.
- Linen spray: Make this easy and effective linen spray with vodka.
- Polish and shine: Take a piece of cloth, wet it with vodka, and clean your eyeglasses with it. Alternatively, you can also mix it with some water, then spray the liquid on windows and mirrors to make them shine. So long, Windex!
- Glue remover: Remove the sticky residue left from peeling the label off jars by rubbing the leftover glue with a soft cloth soaked in vodka. You can also use this to dissolve the sticky residue that Band-Aids leave on your skin.
- Preserve razor blades: After shaving, leave your blades in vodka for a while to disinfect and prevent them from rusting.
- Soothe stings: Pour vodka on stings ranging from poison ivy to jellyfish.
- Treat dandruff: Mix one cup vodka with two teaspoons crushed rosemary, then strain the mixture through a coffee cup filter and let it sit for two days before applying it to your head and letting the solution dry.
- Air freshener: Make air freshener with vodka as the base. Start spraying away to get rid of any odor in the room.
Remember, getting an inexpensive brand is key — you don't want to shill out big bucks and waste money on something you'll be wiping your windows with!
Coffee filters aren't just for making coffee — and they can even be pretty! If you don't have room for a big holiday tree or if you just want a lovely decoration to celebrate the season, this DIY coffee-filter tree is supereasy and costs pennies to make. Instead of using a messy foam base, give new life to a cereal box for a decoration that sparkles year after year. Read on for the directions.
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There's one cheap product everybody owns (or should own!) that has a bunch of clever uses around the house: toothpaste. It contains mild abrasives and detergents mixed with creamy thickening agents that keep your teeth clean and bright. We tried it and found that those same ingredients can help you MacGyver solutions to a number of messes without resorting to expensive specialized products that just end up in a cluttered pile under your kitchen sink. Don't use colored toothpaste or gels for any of the following tasks because they could leave stains. Grab a plain old tube of white — it just might become your new favorite home care product.
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1. Polish jewelry. Apply a thin film of toothpaste to dull stones or tarnished metal with a soft toothbrush or cloth. Polish gently, rinse with water, and dry. If the tarnishing is heavy, apply a thicker coat and let it sit for an hour. Do not use toothpaste on pearls, turquoise, vintage Bakelite, or vintage rhinestones, which have softer surfaces and might get scratched.
2. Remove carpet stains. Scrub stains with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Blot with a damp cloth. Be sure to test a small section of carpet to make sure the dye doesn't come off.
3. Clean up scratched DVDs and CDs. Gently dab a small amount of toothpaste on the scratch with a cloth and buff from the center of the disk outward toward the rim. Rinse with water and dry with a microfiber cloth.
4. Spiff up sneakers. If the rubber soles of your favorite kicks are getting scuffed, scrub them with toothpaste using a toothbrush or nailbrush. Ditto for white leather shoes. Be sure to do a patch test with white canvas.
Most of us have spare change lying around, but not all of us need to use it for parking meters or laundromats. So what are some other things we can do with it? Here are a few suggestions to make your wallets lighter.
- Cash it: This might be an obvious suggestion, but it's also one that doesn't happen all that often. Gather all those spare coins and take them to a bank or a local Coinstar. The catch? The bank usually makes you roll your own coins, while Coinstar charges 9.8 cents for every dollar. Still, you'll get a whole lot more back than if your change was just sitting in a jar.
- Upcycle it: If you're the creative type, there are plenty of ways to DIY your way through nickels and dimes. Turn them into necklaces or rings — or glue them onto wooden letters for a shiny home display.
- Donate it: Whether it's taking the money you get from Coinstar and donating it to an organization, giving change to someone on the street, or helping out a kid selling chocolates on the subway, there are plenty of ways to use your change to help others. You'll do good without feeling like you're breaking the bank.
- Tip: If you know that you're someone who will never take the change out of the jar, then don't put it there in the first place. Stop yourself from collecting coins by telling vendors to keep the change or by tipping workers at places like Starbucks and Jamba Juice.
- Set it aside: Every week or so, take out some change and use it to treat yourself. Buy a lotto ticket or a vending-machine snack; they're little things, but they can still brighten up your day.
The frenzy of Halloween indulgence has come and gone, and between office-party punch and sweet treats, you're nursing one huge sugar hangover. One thing's for sure: leftover Halloween candy has got to go! If that candy corn and those Snickers were originally destined for the garbage, then consider some other uses that won't make you feel as though you're sending your money along with it. Here are nine better ways to use up uneaten candy that won't make you feel ghoulish.
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- Pet cleaner: Get your pet clean using baby powder as a dry shampoo, which will leave him smelling nice and fresh without having to toss him in the tub.
- Cool sheets: On hot summer nights, sprinkle baby powder over the sheets to keep them nice and cool. And the powder will absorb any sweat, making for a refreshing night's sleep.
- Absorb grease: The next time you dribble some grease on your favorite shirt or edge of the carpet, sprinkle with baby powder. It absorbs the oil and refreshes the fabric.
- Refresh books: Give old books new life by sprinkling them with baby powder. It absorbs the moisture, getting rid of any mold, and leaves books fresh.
- Plump lashes: Dust baby powder over eyelashes before applying mascara for a fuller look.
It's as simple as filling a coffee filter with two to three tablespoons of coffee grounds. You can even add a dash of cinnamon or drop of vanilla to flavor your coffee.
Secure with a length of cotton string, and you're set for making coffee. Simply drop this single-serve coffee satchel in a mug, cover with hot water, let steep for a few minutes, then remove. Follow the same directions for making homemade tea bags, and you can enjoy your favorite drink anywhere.