Using Rubbing Alcohol around the House

by Sharon on February 3, 2012

Did you know that that little bottle of rubbing alcohol that is neatly tucked away in your bathroom cabinet may have many household uses? Rubbing alcohol can be used not only to clean a cut, but you can also use rubbing alcohol to sanitize items in your home.

Rubbing alcohol is 70 percent isopropyl alcohol and 30 percent water, and is safe for contact with the skin. It has a number of general medicinal and household uses. This list of ideas makes having a bottle of rubbing alcohol in the house a good idea

  • Clean a Cut or Scrap – Rubbing alcohol is a great way to clean out a cut or scrap. Before you apply creams or gels to the wound, clean it out first. This will help to ensure that an infection doesn’t setup in the wound.
  • Sanitize Cell Phone – Think about all the places you cell phone has been. You’ve had it on restaurant tables, grocery store checkout counters, and even dropped it in the Walmart parking lot. In other words, it’s covered in germs. Place a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cloth and wipe down your cell phone. This will get rid of any germs that may be clinging onto your cell phone.
  • Remove hair spray and toothpaste from mirrors – When you are spraying your head with hair spray, some of it inevitably winds up on the mirror, A quick wipe with rubbing alcohol will whisk away that sticky residue and leave your mirror sparkling clean.
  • Make a shapeable ice pack – The problem with ice packs is they won’t conform to the shape of the injured body part. Make a slushy, conformable pack by mixing 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a self-closing plastic bag. The next time that sore knee acts up, wrap the bag of slush in a cloth and apply it to the area.
  • Stain Removal –  Rubbing alcohol can be used to blot away fresh ink stains on carpet or clothing. For tougher stains, soak the spot in rubbing alcohol for several minutes, then wash.
  • Sticky Stuff – Rubbing alcohol has long been a popular choice for removing sticky residue left behind from price tags, band aids and stickers.
  • Remove ink stains –  Did you get ink on your favorite shirt or dress? Try soaking the spot in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes before putting the garment in the wash.
  • Clean bathroom fixtures – Just reach into the medicine cabinet the next time you need to clean chrome bathroom fixtures. Pour some rubbing alcohol straight from the bottle onto a soft, absorbent cloth and the fixtures. No need to rinse — the alcohol just evaporates. It does a great job of making chrome sparkle, plus it will kill any germs in its path.
  • Helps with mosquito bites –  Rubbing alcohol can actually help with mosquito bites a lot better than store-bought remedies. Just rub it on the bites and it will dry them out bringing quick relief.
  • Dry Erase Board Build-Up – Rubbing alcohol easily removes build up from dry erase boards.

For even more uses for Rubbing Alcohol check out these blogs

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