15 things to do with vodka besides drinking it

Vodka has a reputation as a versatile spirit. Did you know that it is also a handy household item because of its disinfecting and antibacterial properties?

When you have an unexpected need to deodorise your clothes and shoes but have run out of Febreze, for instance, you can save yourself a trip to the supermarket if you have some vodka to spare. The alcohol will kill the odour-causing bacteria without making your stuff smell like a bar.

The ability of vodka to repel insects and treat wounds and rashes from poisonous plants also gives you a good reason to bring some along on your outdoor adventures.

And who'd guess that vodka is the secret to making flaky pies?

Scroll through the gallery below for some of the most amazing uses for vodka that don't involve drinking.