VODKA CLEANS? What? When Did This Happen?

I graduated college 17 years ago. I packed my stuff and headed to the job I had received. And all those boxes will eventually end up in my basement following, marriage, kids, etc. Then comes the day where we discuss, over dinner, finishing the basement. Creating, what I hope would be a man cave, an oasis. Well, my wife had different ideas, but a brand new pool table, and a huge tv still made the cut! I can live with that.

SO, the next step. Time to go through all these boxes and get rid of (everything!, but that will never happen) anything that needs to go. Boxes of memories from all these years. Then, I ran across my college boxes. I haven’t opened these since I moved all those years ago. There was just nothing in them I guess I really needed all these years. And upon opening them I could see why. I won’t go into those details (you are welcome), but in one box I found something I had no idea was ever in there.

Vodka. A bottle of vodka. Even crazier, it was a bottle of vodka with a note attached from my roommate that said “enjoy your new success”. He must have slipped it in the box when I was moving. A little surprise when I got to my new place, but I never opened the box! If this was an episode of “Friends” we would be Chandler and Joey. We are still great friends to this day. He probably always wonders why did I never say “thanks for the vodka”. Or, he just forgot.

So, now I have this bottle of vodka. And I love the sentiment, but we weren’t exactly rich in those days. This isn’t the top-shelf fun stuff. This isn’t the mid grade stuff that sits at the home bar. This isn’t even the rail vodka you get with a mixed drink at the local bar. This stuff is… Well, I don’t have a clue what this stuff is. I don’t think it should have existed, and I absolutely do not trust the shelf life of whatever this beautiful gift is.

What do I do with it. Flush it and recycle the bottle? Create lighter fluid? Place it on the mantle as a reminder of where I came from? I’m kidding. I decided to see if there is anything I can do with old vodka, and surprisingly enough.


What? When did this happen? I suppose I only thought of vodka as a cleaning agent. Now, I live in an eco-friendly cleaned home. We use green products, and it turns out vodka is a natural cleaner. I mean it’s not distilled white vinegar, but it is a cleaning agent. You can always chose to use a professional service such as Think Maids! They are a great addition to my homes cleaning regiment. 

Wikipedia states “Traditionally, vodka is made by the distillation of cereal grains or potatoes that have been fermented, though some modern brands use other substances, such as fruits or sugar”.

Here is some cool stuff that I learned:

Your Basic Surfaces Cleaner

Mix In A Spray Bottle

  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 8 ounces distilled white vinegar
  • 4 ounces lemon juice
  • 8 drops essential oil (pick your favorite scent)
  • 2 or 3 drops castile soap

Citrus Cleaner

  • Take orange peels  and let them sit in a sealed  jar of vodka for 4-5 weeks
  • Drain the liquid into a spray bottle and you have a powerful citrus scented cleaner 


  • Spray vodka on soap scum. Let sit just a few minutes and wipe away.

Bed Dressings 

15- 20 minutes before bedtime you can refresh your sheets and pillowcases with a spray.

Mix The Following In A Spray Bottle 

  • ½  Cup Distilled Water
  • ½ Cup Vodka
  • 40 Drops Lavender Essential Oils

Mirrors And Windows 

  • Spray straight vodka onto windows, mirrors, and glass-topped furniture. Stay away from the wood finishes. Wipe off vodka with a microfiber cloth to remove streaks and smudges.


  • Pour ½ cup vodka into your toilet once a month to keep toilet rings from forming.

It’s pretty easy. I mean I never had any intention to clean with vodka, but if you have an old bottle sitting around and you wonder what to do. There is the solution in an eco-friendly way.