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It’s time to do your spring planting! If you aren’t fond of using toxic pesticides or weed killers in and around your home, you may have a few effective alternatives in your refrigerator and liquor cabinet. According to the New York Post, some common beverages can be used in your garden as weed killers, pesticides, and even fertilizers.

The experts at UK plant retailer Gardening Express have shared these little-known uses for drinks that may already be in your kitchen. All you need are some spray bottles. These can be used for indoor or outdoor plants:

  • Flat cola

    Coca-Cola

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    This is a great alternative to weed killers. The sugar can also give your compost a boost.

  • Milk

    Pouring milk

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    It’s a good spray-on fertilizer but don’t use too much.

  • Vodka

    Tito's vodka

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    Try it as a pesticide.

  • Green tea

    Green tea

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    It’s a good nitrogen-rich fertilizer that also keeps pests away.

  • Lemonade

    Lemonade

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    It can prevent bacteria, but only add a dash at a time.

  • Orange juice

    Orange juice

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    OJ works as a fertilizer, but spray it sparingly. The acidity can kill plants if too much is used.