I just received an email forward that, like pretty much all email forwards, seemed suspect in a few places.
The email in this case concerns the miraculous powers of VODKA! Now, those of you who have met me probably already know the soft spot I hold in my liver for a refreshing sip of Grey Goose. With that alone, I’m happy to declare vodka a wonder-liquid. The email takes it a few steps further, with a list of alternative uses for the deliciously flavorless drink.
My original plan was to send some of these tips to various experts and get their opinion — for instance, I feel like Bug_Girl could tackle #8. But when I realized I don’t know any dentists (#15), I realized that we could probably do a better, faster job of tackling this together. So, skepchicks and dudes, I’d like you to look these over and comment below with your expert opinion. If you don’t have an expert opinion but know of a friend, family member, or helpful blogger who might, please send them the tip and ask for confirmation or debunkification as needed. I’ll edit this post with the updated information after each number.
No prizes except credit, with which comes bragging rights and the knowledge that you helped out the terminally curious and/or credulous. The full list is below in bold, with updates added below each item.
1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The stuff dissolves adhesive.
2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.
Says russellsugden: Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) works much better for cleaning glasses than Smirnoff.
4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
5. Spray vodka on wine stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.
6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle with vodka and spray bees or wasps to kill them.
9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water into a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshing ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.
Says russelsugden: “I wouldnâ€™t bother diluting the Alcohol to make a cold compress either, just stick it in a plastic bag and allow to cool in the freezer. It wont form an crystals (to make a slush) but will thicken up and be just as good. Given the Tax on alcohols itâ€™d be cheap to buy a cold compress from the shops than a bottle of scotch.”
10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.
11. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
13. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
From Rebecca: this was on Mythbusters and was confirmed. However, there is a problem with their methodology. Kari was stung once on each of her arms. One sting was treated with vodka and the other with antihistamine, and Kari reported that the pain in each arm was relieved quickly. A good follow-up would have one sting treated with water and the other with vodka. Any of you are welcome to try it, or I’d like to hear from anyone out there studying jellyfish.
14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.
15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.