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Rubbing alcohol is something that every person has in their medical kit.
Other than medicinal use, rubbing alcohol has many other household uses that you are unaware of. From removing stains to making your own hand sanitizer to adding fragrance, 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
Scraping off ice from your car’s windshield 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. The ice will melt fast.
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.
3. Removing Permanent Marker Stains
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 it is a good degreasing agent, it can remove stains easily.
It would work best if you tackle it soon. You can use this method to clean your dry board too.
4. Make an Ice Pack
With the number of injuries I had while playing soccer in school, I always used to keep a homemade ice pack handy.
Thanks to rubbing alcohol, you can easily make a few gel ice packs and store them.
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 Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizers come in 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 own a microfiber couch and I understand that it’s super difficult to remove stains from it. If you have a pet or a child, you need to be even more careful.
Rubbing alcohol can prove to be very helpful when it comes to microfiber couch stains. You just need to pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth and gently rub it on the stain. After some time you will observe the stain disappearing.
7. Make a Bodyspray
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.
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 products like eyeshadows and blushes getting broken. But a few drops of rubbing alcohol can easily fix your makeup product.
Get all the broken pieces 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 them.
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 feel the shoes are looser than before. If the still feel tight, you may have to repeat the procedure.
10. Use as a Disinfectant
Rubbing alcohol is a 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 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 soot marks. Rub it till you see marks coming off.
12. Clean Makeup Brush
Dirty makeup brushes can harm your skin. The brush may seem clean because you can’t see the bacteria, oil, dead skin cells, etc. with your naked eye.
You should even clean your new makeup brushes because, during the time of production, dust and bacteria gather around them 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 swimmer’s 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 a ring stain around the collar you should rub your neck with rubbing alcohol every morning while getting dressed along with putting some rubbing alcohol on a cloth and gently rubbing it on the shirt’s collar.
With this trick, you can easily remove tough stains from your favorite shirt even before they start appearing.
17. Jewelry Cleaner
You can not only sterilize the backs of your earrings but also clean your other jewelry with rubbing alcohol.
Soak your jewelry in rubbing alcohol 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 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. 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 issue 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 detaching. Then you can easily pull it out and kill it.
Then take another cotton pad with rubbing alcohol dab it on the wound to disinfect it.
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