If you've stumbled upon a bottle of spirits that's not fit for a mixed drink, reuse it as a handy household solution. While it's pricier than rubbing alcohol, this bar staple has the same antiseptic properties, making it a clever replacement in a pinch. Here are spirited ways to put it to use. -Jennifer Stimpson
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1. Kill Weeds
Mix 1 ounce of vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Apply on a sunny day to broadleaf weeds that grow in direct sunlight; the vodka will help remove the leaves' waxy coating, causing them to dry out.
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2. Remove Rust from Screws
Leave a weathered screw in vodka for just a few hours, then wipe to get rid of rust.
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3. Stop Odors
Boots smelling ripe? Spritz the insides with diluted vodka; let dry. No more odor.
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