Dry cleaning may be a tried-and-true way to get your clothes clean, but it’s also slow, inconvenient, and bad for the environment. Dry cleaning is a process in which chemical solvents are applied to a garment to remove stains and odors. While a vodka cleaning won’t remove stains and dirt from your clothing, it will freshen clothes and eliminate odors – allowing you to go longer in between trips to the cleaners. The high alcohol content in vodka kills odor-causing bacteria, and unlike other liquors, vodka leaves no scent behind when it dries.
You can even use this trick to freshen machine washable clothes in between washes. This will allow you to wash your clothes less often, extending the life of your clothes and reducing your personal impact on the environment.
1. A bottle of cheap vodka – this is not a task that calls for Grey Goose, stick to the bottom shelf here.
2. A spray bottle.
3. A garment in need of freshening
1. Pour the vodka into the spray bottle, do not cut with water or add any other soaps or cleaning products.
2. Twist the nozzle of your spray bottle so that the vodka comes out as a mist.
3. Hang the garment in a well-ventilated area, and spray it thoroughly with vodka, giving special attention to the armpits and any other problem areas. The garment should be lightly damp when you are done – there’s no need to drench it.
4. Allow the garment to air dry. There are no short cuts here – if you try to speed things up in the dryer the vodka will have no time to work its magic.
5. If you are cleaning a heavier garment like a lined jacket, turn it inside out and spray the lining first. Then turn it right side out and spray the outside.
6. When the garment is dry you’re good to go.