As you make your way to the kitchen and begin to reevaluate what took place at that pre-game you hosted last night, you begin to analyze the leftover alcohol you’ve accumulated: a few half empty bottles of that nasty flavored vodka and some weirdly warm left over Pinot Grigio. So, what now? Throw it away? Freeze it so you can definitely not drink it later? Here are a few more productive ideas:
- Cleaning Bug
You can rub down your faucets with vodka to remove soap and grime. This works for glass, mirrors, and even sunglasses! Just pour a little onto a sponge or rag, and go to town for a quick little cleanup that will leave your appliances spotless!
2. Laundry Hacks
We all know that doing laundry on campus is far from a treat. Luckily, vodka can save you some time on your weekends. Fill a spray bottle with some of that vodka and spray your clothes down! Leave the sprayed-down clothes out to dry in a well-ventilated area, and they’ll dry smelling and feeling clean. This method works especially well on jeans, which prevents you from having to wash them too much. You can also utilize this process on fabrics that you can’t normally freshen up, like sofas!
3. Spa Day
Your hair will thank you when you wash it with shampoo cocktails! To leave your hair shiny and soft, mix 44ml of vodka with 12 ounces of shampoo, and wash your hair. The vodka removes product buildups and stimulates hair growth by cleaning and increasing blood circulation to your scalp. Also, if you have left over red wine, you can use it to give yourself a super nice facial. Red wine is full of antioxidants, including resveratrol, a popular blemish cure commonly featured in acne medications and certain spa facials. A study published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy found that resveratrol can slow the growth of, and eventually break down, bacteria that causes acne. Plus, red wine softens the skin and provides anti-aging effects.
4. Personal Health
Meredith Grey never let you in on this little secret: the sticky, stubborn adhesive that holds Band-Aids to your skin dissolves easily when you apply vodka to it. Also, you can use vodka to treat an annoying cold sore by applying directly to the sores. Vodka naturally dries out the skin, which is really beneficial for treating cold sores at its beginning stages, just as they begin to blister.
While you may not have leftover alcohol very often, when you do, don’t let it go to waste! Plus, utilizing these tips is just much better than consuming the leftovers.