21 Household Uses of Rubbing Alcohol You’ve Never Thought Of

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Rubbing alcohol is something that every house has in their medical kit and I think if you don’t have a bottle of rubbing alcohol you should buy it.

Other than medicinal use, rubbing alcohol has many other household uses that you cannot think of. From stain removal to making your own hand sanitizer and fragrance to cleaning, there is so much you can do with rubbing alcohol.

The best part is that it is not expensive and is highly affordable. So, here are 21 unexpected household uses of rubbing alcohol.

21 Amazing Household Uses of Rubbing Alcohol

1. As a De-icer

If you are running late for work or college and you go out and see your car’s windshield covered with ice, scraping it off will take a lot of time and effort. You can use a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water to easily remove ice from the windshield of your car.

Mix 1 part rubbing alcohol and 2 parts of water into a spray bottle. Spray it on the windshield and then turn on your windshield wipers for some time. You’ll see that the ice melts.

2. For Removing Labels

Don’t you have those cute jars that you wish you could empty and reuse for other stuff but you can’t because their ugly stickers do not come off completely?

Well, you can use rubbing alcohol to get those ugly labels off. Place the jar in a shallow tub, fill it with rubbing alcohol. Let it stay for 20 to 30 mins. After removing, scrub it with a brush and wash it. Your jar will look shining new.

3. Removing Permanent Marker

It is very difficult to wipe out the ink of a permanent marker but with the use of rubbing alcohol, you can easily remove the marks.

All you need to do is just pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the stain. Since alcohol rehydrates the ink, it would make it easier to come off.

It would work best if you tackle it soon. You can use this method to clean your dry board too.

4. Make your own Ice pack

With the number of injuries I had while playing soccer in school, I use to always keep a homemade ice pack handy. Making an ice pack yourself is cheaper and better than a bag of peas. Thanks to rubbing alcohol, you can easily make a few gel ice packs and store it.

Get a plastic bag, the size depends on how large an ice pack you want. Fill the plastic bag with 3 cups of rubbing alcohol and 4 cups of water. Try to remove as much air as you can from the bag and make sure the bag is not leaking.

Place the bag inside a freezer and remove it after 1 hour and your ice pack is ready to heal your swollen muscles.

5. Make your own Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizers come handy when there is no soap and water around. That is why I always keep a homemade hand sanitizer with me in my bag.

Just by adding a few ingredients you can make hand sanitizers easily at home. In a bowl mix 4 tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel, 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil, 10 drops lavender essential and 20 drops of tea tree essential oil.

For easy use funnel it into a clean squeeze bottle.

6. Remove Stains from a microfiber couch

Even I have a microfiber couch and I totally understand that it’s super difficult to remove stains from it. If you have a pet or child, you need to be even more careful.

To remove stains off your beautiful microfiber couch rubbing alcohol can prove to be very helpful. You just need to pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth and genteelly rub it on the stain. After some time you will observe the stain getting off.

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7. Make your own Bodyspray

For me it’s very difficult to find the fragrance I like so I make it myself; it is easy to make and cheaper too.   

With rubbing alcohol you can make your personalized fragrance. Take a bowl pour 2 cups of rubbing alcohol per 20 drops of your favorite essential oil and 1 cup distilled water and add your flavors accordingly.

Mix the solution well and pour it into a spray bottle. You can change the proportions a bit according to your liking.

8. Fix broken makeup

It’s heartbreaking to see your favorite and expensive makeup broken. But a few drops of rubbing alcohol can easily fix your makeup product.

Get all the broken parts of your product into the original container and crush both broken and non-broken parts, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to it and let it soak it. Cover it with thin plastic on the surface and use your finger to make the surface smooth.

Remove the plastic and let it dry for some time and it will get back to normal.

9. Stretch tight shoes

Do you have old shoes that still look great but now they are slightly tight for you. In a few mins, you can make those shoes comfortable and fit in it.

Spray a thin layer of rubbing alcohol on the shoe until they are lightly damp wear them with thick socks and walk around for some time.

After it dries you’ll fell the shoes are freer than before, if the shoe is really tight you may have to repeat the procedure.

10. Use as a Disinfectant

Rubbing alcohol is brilliant disinfectant and can be used to disinfect just about anything. I always have a bottle of rubbing alcohol at home.

Objects like tweezers and thermometers need to get sterilized every now and then. You just need to put a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a piece of cotton and rub it on the item to sterilize and let it dry.

11. Candle jar cleaner

Do you have a favorite candle that smells amazing but has soot marks on the jar? You can clean the soot off just by rubbing alcohol.

Put a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a smooth cloth and rub it gently over the sooth marks. Rub it till you see sooth marks getting off.

12. Clean Makeup Brush

Dirty makeup brushes can harm your skin. The brush may seem clean because you can’t see bacteria, oil, dead skin cells, etc with your naked eye but actually isn’t.

You should even clean your new makeup brushes because, during the time of production, dust and bacteria gather around it easily.

Take a bowl to fill it with rubbing alcohol and dip your brush in it. Remove it after 5 mins and place it on a clean towel and let it air dry.

You should clean your makeup brushes at least once a month.

13. Clean stainless steel

Do you know you can remove stains off your stainless steel sink or fridge by rubbing alcohol?

Dip a soft non-starch cloth in rubbing alcohol and rub it on the stains if they still do not come off, apply to rub alcohol directly on stains and rub it with a soft non-starch cloth and you’ll see the stains start disappearing.

14. Clean your Ears

If you like spending a lot of time in the water you may know that swimmers ear is one of the worst things that can happen to you. With a little rubbing alcohol, you can avoid this painful problem.

Place a few drops of rubbing alcohol in your ear after coming out of water. The rubbing alcohol will quickly dry up water from your ear and reduce the risk of infections.

15. Shine mirrors

A quick wipe of rubbing alcohol can get you clean sparkling mirrors.

Take a spray bottle, fill it half with rubbing alcohol and half clean water, spray it on your mirror and wipe it with a lint-free cloth or a paper napkin.

After cleaning you will have stain and fog-free mirrors after the showers too.

16. Cleaning Ring around the collar

Collar stains can be really difficult to remove. The stains may not come off by just a wash.

To prevent ring around the collar you should rub your neck with rubbing alcohol every morning after a bath while getting dressed along with putting some rubbing alcohol on a cloth and gently rubbing it on the collar.

With this trick, you can easily remove tuff stains from your favorite shirt even before they start appearing.

17. Jewelry cleaner

You can not only sterilize your backs of your earrings but also clean your other jewelry with rubbing alcohol.

Soak your jewelry for 10 mins. Then gently rub it with a clean cloth or use a brush if it’s a delicate piece and rinse it with clean water. Then dry it with a lint-free cloth.

18. Shoe spray

This trick was very much popular during my school days to make the soccer shoes fresh and clean.

You just need 1 ingredient to make your shoes look clean and fresh. Take a spray bottle fill it with rubbing alcohol and spray it all over your smelly shoes.

Let the shoes dry in the sun and after a few hours, you’ll have clean fresh shoes.

19. Phone cleaner

You should clean your phone every 15 days because it frequently comes in contact with your face, ear and you are always touching it.

Dip a soft lint-free cloth in rubbing alcohol and softly rub it on your phone screen, use an earbud to reach between buttons.

Note: Do not use household cleaners and spray like window cleaner.

20. Remove nail polish from Carpet

Removing nail polish from the carpet sounds difficult as you can damage the texture of your rug just by rubbing it hard and using a nail polish remover can leave marks. Rubbing alcohol is the best option as it dries fast and does not leave any color.

Pour rubbing alcohol on the stain and gently scrub it with a microfiber cloth and the nail polish stain will eventually come off.

21. Tick Remover

If you have a dog you may know that ticks are a huge problem as they can cause life-threatening problems too.

If you see ticks on your dog’s body just take a cotton pad, put some rubbing alcohol on it and try dabbing it on the tick and you will see it coming out and then you can easily pull it out.

Take another cotton pad with rubbing alcohol dab it on the wound to disinfect it.

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