35 Amazing Uses for Rubbing Alcohol
We’ve all got it, that bottle of rubbing alcohol in the medicine cabinet. Even the most inventive DIY types probably have a mere handful of uses for that bottle, be it rubbing on sore muscles or maybe treating a few odors around the house.
Recently, however, I recently came across a full 35 ways to put that bottle to work around your home!
The following rubbing alcohol uses will for sure make you think twice about skipping past the bottles of rubbing alcohol the next time you are at the grocery store.
Rubbing alcohol is also known as isopropyl alcohol. You can spray it, rub it, dab it and remove stuff with it.
1. Mosquito Bites – to relieve itching, disinfect, and promote healing, simply dab on a little rubbing alcohol.
2. Ticks – to make ticks loosen their grip, dab an attached tick with rubbing alcohol. Remove with tweezers as close to the skin as possible, then follow up again with alcohol.
3. Cold Sores – to promote healing, just dab alcohol on the sore.
4. Muscles – rub on sore muscles to relieve pain.
5. Joints – yes, it works on painful joints as well!
6. Ear Wax Removal – mix alcohol and vinegar equally and dab into ear. Treat every 2 weeks.
7. Sterilizer – use alcohol to sterilize items such as thermometers and tweezers.
8. Nail Fungus – mix equal parts alcohol and water and use as a simple and effective foot soak.
9. Swimmer’s Ear – by simply putting a few drops into the affected ear, the alcohol will help dry out the ear and prevent infections.
10. Athlete’s Feet – Treat and prevent this rash with a daily rub of alcohol.
11. Electronics – dampen a rag and simply wipe your home electronics clean.
12. Hand Cleaner – rubbing alcohol is great for quickly killing germs and odors on hands.
13. Hand Gel – To make a quick and effective hand sanitizer gel, just combine 3 parts of rubbing alcohol with 1 part aloe vera gel.
14. Homemade Window Cleaner – combine 3 1/2 cups water, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 tablespoons ammonia, and a few drops of dish soap.
15. Hairspray – to remove spray buildup from mirrors and countertops, spray the area with alcohol and wipe clean.
16. Windshield – to remove frost, fill a spray bottle with alcohol and just spray it on.
17. Paint & Ink Stains – soak spots with alcohol for a few minutes then wash.
18. Permanent Marker – It’s not so permanent… you can remove marker spots from hard surfaces by just soaking in alcohol and wiping.
19. Makeup Brushes – sanitize by soaking in a couple of alcohol for 30 minutes and allowing them to air dry.
20. Prevent Ring Around the Collar – just wipe your neck with rubbing alcohol before dressing to prevent stains.
21. Stainless Steel Cleaner – alcohol will remove oily smudges and fingerprints leaving a nice shine.
22. Degreaser – rubbing alcohol can be used to effectively break up grease on appliances, countertops, and cabinets.
23. Carpet – to remove greasy stains, lightly rub with a dampened rag.
24. Eyeglass Cleaner – lightly spray glasses with rubbing alcohol and buff clean with a soft cloth.
25. Jewelry Cleaner – simply soak jewelry in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes, then polish with a soft, clean cloth.
26.Flies – with adequate ventilation, spray fruit flies with a fine mist of rubbing alcohol.
27. Dust Mites/Bed Bugs – just spray a light mist of rubbing alcohol on bedding, allow to dry and vacuum.
28. Air Freshener – make your own by mixing a cup of rubbing alcohol with 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil.
29. Sticky Residue – to remove, just spray the area with a little rubbing alcohol and let sit briefly before wiping it clean.
30. Homemade Ice Pack – mix 1 part of rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a freezer bag and put in the freezer.
31. Nail Polish Remover – In a pinch, a little rubbing alcohol will remove nail polish.
32. Candles – wipe away dust and grime with a lightly dampened rag.
33. Dry Erase Board – again, simply wipe clean with a rag lightly dampened with alcohol.
34. Shoe Stretch Aid – apply a thin rub of alcohol on the inside and outside of shoes then put them on your feet or a shoe stretcher.
35. Shoe Deodorizer – to remove odors, spray shoes with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry before wearing.
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