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6 New Ways to Use Old Booze Around the House

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Jessica
02.18.15

Remember that epic bash you threw in 2012? The evening’s events may be fuzzy, but that ½ empty bottle of vodka in the back of your freezer will never let you forget the party. Let’s be real: You’re never going to drink that cheap vodka. Ever. Instead of seeing it every time you reach for the frozen pierogis, put it to use around the house.

Here are six ways to give old booze new life at home:

Booze: White Wine

New Trick: Remove Grease Stains

If your grill or garage floor is graffitied with grease stains, use white wine to make removing them a little easier. Cover the stain completely with white wine and then sprinkle some baking soda over it. Then let it sit overnight. The acidity of the wine will remove the bulk of the stain, and the baking soda basically gives it an extra alkaline kick. You'll still have to scrub the stain the next day, but it won't require nearly as much elbow grease.

Booze: Red Wine

New Trick: Marinate Carcinogens Away

Grilled meat is freaking fantastic. Unfortunately, the grilling process can add carcinogens to your meat. Bummer, right? To keep your delicious meat safe, marinate it in wine for six hours before you throw it on the barbie. Six hours of marinating time will reduce cancer causing compounds formed during grilling by up to 90 percent! Plus, the wine will only add to the flavor of your meat.

Booze: Vodka

New Trick: Remove Mirror Streaks

If the reflection staring back at you in the morning is streaky, vodka is your new best friend. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of vodka and water, and then spray. Wipe down the mirror with a lint-free cloth or a coffee filter and you’re done.

Another New Trick: Deodorize Laundry

Still got some of that handle leftover? Then let us turn to your laundry basket. The high alcohol content in vodka will remove smells by killing bacteria. Spritz undiluted vodka – no water necessary – on clothes as you throw them in the basket to remove musty smells. Vodka dries quickly, so no need to worry about mildew from moist clothes.

Booze: Beer

New Trick: Polish Wooden Furniture

To give your wooden coffee table new life, slosh a little beer on it. According to Lifehacker, massaging flat beer into wooden furniture with a soft cloth polishes the piece. Tip: As always, try this on an out-of-sight spot before drenching your furniture in beer.

Another New Trick: Keep Insects Away from Humans

If you’re throwing an outdoor soiree, place a few bowls of beer around the exterior of your yard. Insects are attracted to the sugars in beer and won’t bother your guests.

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