Labeled as one of the most popular spirits throughout the world, the uniqueness of vodka stems from its versatility as it can be consumed straight up or used in a variety of mixed drinks to create a plethora of delectable concoctions. However, its uses many also extend beyond the confines of bars, clubs, or party scenes as it can be used as an ingredient in some fantastic dishes or as an alternative to your average household objects. With that said here are the 5 surprising uses for vodka.

Treating Poison Ivy

While the origins of this versatile drink are still unknown, it has been established that since the Middle Ages vodka was used as a form of medicine to heal certain afflictions such as inflammations from bacteria or poisons. In this case, vodka can be used to cleanse and soothe poison ivy by pouring the liquid on the area the rash forms. By doing this the ivy’s irritating oils are cleansed away preventing the wretched itchy feeling. While it is wasting a fine drink, it is a suitable alternative to rubbing alcohol.

Drunken Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi is incredibly delicious and aromatic with whatever array of spices you wish to add in (provided that they don’t clash). Drunken Shrimp Adding vodka to the mix however not only tenderizes and flavors the shrimp but also bolsters the flavor of the sauce it is cooked in.

Orange-Vanilla Ricotta Cheesecake

Orange vanilla Creamsicles have always been a delight on a hot summer day whenever regular popsicles could not do justice. But do you ever wonder what would happen if you took these two flavors plus vodka and combine them with a delicious ricotta cheesecake? The result is a smooth and exquisite cake with a vodka infused marmalade gaze with a hint of vodka and you will have created a delicious alcohol infused dessert perfect for dinner parties or social gatherings.

Ear Aches

It comes as no surprise to hear about how vodka has enough strength to eliminate bacteria when you look at the high alcohol content printed on the label. This makes it perfect for not only treating poison ivy but also ear aches. Just pour a few drops in your ear and let it sit for a few minutes before draining and voila!

Have a Mold Problem?

If you have a huge mold problem and plenty of bottom-shelf vodka you are willing to part with then you can put it all to good use. All you have to do is pour some inside a spray bottle and spritz it on the mold. Let it sit for approximately 15 minutes before scrubbing it all away with any hard brush in your possession.