Sunday, April 10, 2011

How Alcohol Cleaned up My Life

Do you know what I found to solve the dirty problems of my life?


So there I was, looking for an all natural cleaner, in the aisles of the grocery store.

Something that was safe and nontoxic.

Something that wouldn't bother me with its fumes.

Something I could wipe the children's toys with and then they could lick them right after.  Because my 7 year old, 5 year old, and 3 year old all still lick toys.

Something I could spray around food when I need to clean the kitchen counter or sink while still in the middle of preparing food.

Something I could clean my vegetables and fresh fruit with.

Something I could spray the kids' hands with to quickly disinfect them.

Something I could spray in my mouth when life gets too hard.

Just kidding.

Anyway, it's my favorite cleaner.  And it has many more uses than I listed above.

The Recipe:

3 parts water
1 part vodka

Oh and an important tip:  Call it something else besides vodka because it is weird when your child calls across the house, "Hey Mom!  Where's the vodka?"

He uses it to wipe out the inside of his lunch box.

You can also keep a small spray bottle in your purse or car as an "on the go" hand cleanser.  But make sure you don't label it "Vodka" because your friend Mary won't let you ride in her car for fear we will be pulled over and convicted. Easy solution.  I crossed off the word "Vodka" and wrote the word "Disinfectant" below it.

It is also great if you want to make your own disinfectant wipes.  Fold up several paper towels in a gallon zip lock and squirt the vodka solution into the bag until the towels are damp.  I always take this with me to parks and public places to bath the kids with after they have rolled around in all the germs.

May alcohol clean up your life as it did mine!


  1. This is a great tip! How fun... It totally makes sense. And, it makes you wonder how people could put this "disinfectant" into their bodies at any rapid rate. If it cleans so well, man... have a drink of drain-o, why don't ya?! ;)

  2. love it! -elizabeth jackson

  3. So this was the greatest blog to get in my email box at work... LOL! Great tip, I will have to try it!!

  4. Janna, you are hilarious! Such a great tip. I think I'll label it vodka just for fun! ;)

  5. Oh, and some vodkas have great flavors & scents (raspberry, vanilla, and whatnot...) So I think that would be an added bonus!

  6. What a great idea! I have some old, poor quality stuff in the cabinet, I should finally put it to good use and do some thorough apartment cleaning :)

  7. Very interesting! Will give it a try.
    ~ The Bunch

  8. Love this. Although, Isn't it unsafe to use Vodka on children? It will absorb into their bodies via their skin.

  9. nice, janna! :) great tip.

  10. Smart idea! Good call on not labeling it "vodka".