• Leah Light

8 Things You Can Clean With Vodka (Yep, Vodka)

You've probably heard that you can clean just about every surface in your home with vinegar — but did you also know you can also clean & disinfect with vodka?

With Vodka having a high alcohol content, and hardly any smell, it makes an awesome alternative for your general disinfecting cleaner at this crazy time in the world (thank you Covid-19) So go grab that cheap, bottom-shelf bottle that’s been collecting dust and try some of my all time favourite cleaning tips below!!


  • Linen spray: Combine 1/2 cup of vodka, 1 1/2 cups of water and about 30 drops of your favourite essential oil in a glass or metal spray bottle. Spritz your bed linens or in your closet when things need a quick refresh.

  • Disinfect the mattress: All you need is straight vodka and 10-15 drops of Lavender for this job. Remove the sheets, pour a shot or two of vodka into a spray bottle and spray away. This is great to do in the guest room between visits from house guests, or on your own mattress about every three months.


  • Glass and mirror cleaner: Vodka has solvent qualities that clean mirrors and glass without streaking 🎉. To make a quick glass and mirror cleaner, combine in a spray bottle 1 cup of vodka, 1 cup of water and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.

  • Shine chrome fixtures: Vodka is great for shining up your chrome taps and hardware. Spray vodka directly on the fixtures, then buff with a microfibre cloth for a sparkling finish.


  • Remove sweaty scents: Underarm scents on shirts are no match for vodka. Fill a spray bottle with 4 parts water to 1 part vodka; spray both sides of the garment’s underarm areas, then let it sit overnight. Then wash as usual. (This also works for dry clean-only clothes between cleanings.)

  • Wash away mildew: Ever forget to unload a load of washing and then discover it later smelling of rancid water? Add 1/2 cup of vodka then run the washer again—the smell will be gone!


  • Goodbye grease: Use straight vodka or equal parts vodka and water mixed to degrease backsplashes, countertops and the tops of your range hood.

  • Room diffuser: Fill your favourite rooms with a beautiful and welcoming scent. Mix a few splashes of vodka, about 12 drops of essential oils (my favourite is Ylang Ylang) and 1/4 cup of safflower oil or sweet almond oil. Place the mixture in a glass vase with reeds or paper straws.

I hope you enjoy these little tips!

Be sure to tag me in any of your recreations, I love to see how you use them in your own home.

L xx

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