10 Weird Ways to Use Vodka

The spirit is not only delicious, but it’s also pretty functional
Vodka isn't just great in cocktails; it has valuable day-to-day uses as well.

Here at The Daily Meal, we're well aware of the joys of drinking spirits, but who knew they had some functionality besides creating delicious cocktails?

Vodka is one of the most versatile spirits, as it is widely used in different cocktails as well as cooking. We can’t get enough of the creative vodka sauces we put on our pasta, and who can turn down a good vodka and tonic? But apparently, we should also be adding a little vodka to our shampoo bottles tomorrow morning, as the spirit is high in alcohol content and can be used to reduce residue in hair follicles as well as stimulate hair growth. There might be some more benefits, too, including the reduction of dandruff!

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But if you don’t want to lather yourself with the pungent spirit, you might be interested to know that having vodka at the beach is also invaluable. Vodka can help heal jellyfish stings and can also be used as a nontoxic bug repellent. The Mayo Clinic even noted that poison ivy rashes are caused by an alcohol-soluble resin called urushiol, and even dabbing a little bit of vodka on a fresh poison ivy outbreak will help to soothe the itching. [slideshow:

We can’t get over these life-changing ways we can use one of our favorite spirits. Cocktails and vodka sauce be damned — we might just have to buy a few bottles of the clear booze and store them in our utility closet!

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