For the record, drinking this alcoholic beverage is not considered a practical use.

Getty Images/Theo Wargo
Getty Images/Theo Wargo

I've had a bottle of vodka sitting around for years.  I probably purchased the stuff in the early 90's for entertaining.

For me it's a no-brainer.  My supply of that clear booze will suffice for the tasks at hand.

For those of you who occasionally enjoy a sip of vodka, it may be a bit wasteful to use a premium brand (pictured above) as a weed killer.  If you do use some for cleaning purposes, perhaps you should buy a pint of some cheap rotgut.

So, here they are.  The four practical uses for vodka.

1.  A Chemical-Free Weed Killer

I'm sure you've noticed that with the weather getting warm, those pesky weeds are rearing their ugly heads.

You may use this beverage to rid your property of weeds while not harming the little varmints who occasionally visit your lawn.

To kill the weeds, pour an ounce of vodka into a spray bottle.  Add about a half ounce of dish detergent along with two cups of water.

2.  To Preserve Fresh Cut Flowers

Add some life to those beauties you just purchased.

First, snip off about an inch from every stem.  In the vase, stir in two teaspoons of vodka and one teaspoon of sugar.  Dump out the old stuff every couple of days and repeat.

3.  To Clean Mold and Mildew

This works well in the bathroom and kitchen.  This will also cleanup soap scum.  Yes, the heartbreak of dreaded soap scum.

For this use, dump some vodka into a spray bottle.  Straight up.  No ice.

Spray the caulk and grout.  Leave it on for about a half hour, then wipe off with an old toothbrush or nylon pad.  (Do I have to tell you to use an old toothbrush?)

To clean kitchen and bathroom tiles, spray, wait ten minutes, and wipe off.

4.  To Remove Stains

Vodka can remove some nasty stains like ink, grass, and lipstick.

For grass and ink, use a clean cloth dipped in vodka.  Rub out the spots and rinse with water.

For lipstick on your collar.  That's an old Connie Francis song.  Check out the video below.  By the way, Connie's a Jersey Girl.

I'm sorry.  We got off on a tangent.

Blot the lipstick with vodka and throw the garment into the wash.

I hope these tips will help make life a bit easier for you!

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