I buy a big ol' plastic bottle of cheap-o vodka about once every two months. Not because I drink it. (Heavens, no. I only drink the stuff in the pretty glass bottles, flavored with vanilla. But I digress.) I use it on my clothes / linens / upholstery / whatever... It's wonderful.
I'm not sure where the idea began. My sister used to mix a spray bottle of fabric softener and water and use it to spritz her furniture and carpet because she had two very large, very smelly dogs. So I started to do that too, because I was in love with the Downy Lavender Vanilla liquid, and Febreeze didn't have anything that came close.
Then I read about Madonna ordering up a bottle of top-shelf vodka backstage for every show and having her staff spray all of her costumes with it between gigs, because it kills bacteria, evaporates, and doesn't leave a smell behind. (I also read that anti-bacterial part in Real Simple, but it was after I had already heard the Madonna anecdote -- and Madonna makes this sooo much cooler, don't you think?)
So I thought I might get the best of both worlds if I cut the vodka with some fabric softener. And you know what? It works like a charm. My friend's (very young) brother came by not long ago to help move some furniture and he said I have "the prettiest smelling house (he's) ever smelled." So now you have to believe me. LOL
Anyway, here's the (not-so) secret recipe.
Vodka and Downy Spritzer:
1 squirt bottle
3 parts Vodka
1 part liquid fabric softener
USES: I spray mine on my sheets every morning before I make the bed. On my sweaters that I haven't worn in a while. In shoes!!! (My word, does my 11 year old have stinky feet.) Also, in luggage, etc.
I have a whole army of friends in town (and out) who have converted to my yummy vodka cocktail. One was 6 months fully preggo when she went out and bought her huge bottle. Got some looks, that one.
Anyone else have a special shortcut like that?