Rubbing alcohol is a surgical spirit solution that can be found in most pharmacies and online retailers like Amazon for as little as £3 for 250ml. Commonly used to treat minor scrapes, its got a whole host of secret uses. Find out now what you can do with it…
Use rubbing alcohol for all purpose cleaning
1. Clean your candles. You know when you haven’t lit them for a while and they look old and dusty? Give it a good clean with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol and they’ll be good as new.
2. Remove sticky residue left behind from price tags, plasters and stickers. Soak the area with rubbing alcohol or dab lightly onto skin then wipe clean. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting that shiny new item home and removing the sticker only to have a horrible layer of sticky stuff left on it.
3. Clean your eyeglasses by dabbing some rubbing alcohol onto a clean cloth. It will have a deep clean effect and get rid of any germs. Eyes are sensitive and easily susceptible to infection so ensure you’re regularly getting rid of dirt.
4. Make your mirrors shine like they’ve never shined before! Squirt some onto a clean cloth and buff your mirrors using circular movements. You can also use this solution to make your sink and taps super sparkly.
5. Clean venetian blinds by covering a flat tool – like a spatula – with a clean cloth and securing with a rubber band. Dip in rubbing alcohol then clean each slat. It works a treat!
6. Use it as an all-purpose de-greaser on everything from greasy stove tops, sinks and even teapots. It dissolves almost instantly so there’s minimal rinsing required. No fuss cleaning at it’s best!
7. Cleaning your gardening tools with rubbing alcohol will remove any nasties from dead, diseased and rotting plants that can harm your healthy plants. Firstly, clean the tools with soap and water then let some rubbing alcohol soak in for 1-2 minutes. Wipe clean with a clean rag and they’ll be clean and ready to use.
Use rubbing alcohol as a smell and stain remover
8. Get rid of stinky smells from your hands like chopped onion or garlic by rubbing some onto your hands much like a hand gel sanitiser.
9. Remover permanent marker from non permeable materials like plastic laminate and marble by applying some rubbing alcohol onto the area. It will dissolve the marker back to its liquid state again making it easy to wipe off.
10. Deodorise your shoes by spraying rubbing alcohol into the inside of your footwear then leaving them to dry, preferably in a sunny spot. The rubbing alcohol will soak up any sniffs and will also have a deodorising effect on the material so your feet shouldn’t be as stinky or wet on your next wear.
11. Rubbing alcohol can stretch your shoes out a little so be careful when deodorising. However, this is a useful trick for when you need your shoes to feel a bit more snug on your feet.
12. Keep dirty collars at bay by wiping some rubbing alcohol on your neck each morning. It’ll help prevent your collar from staining and acts a mild antiperspirant, too. A heaven-sent tip during those sticky Summer days.
You can also use this little trick anywhere you get sweat stains – knees, underarms and inner elbows for example.
Health & beauty uses for rubbing alcohol
13. Clean and disinfect your make up brushes by soaking them in rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes and allowing them to air dry. Do this every month to keep germs at bay and your brushes in tip-top condition.
14. Help those cold sores heal quicker by dabbing a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol onto the area every night.
15. Fix a broken eyeshadow, blusher or bronzer by spraying the sections with rubbing alcohol and gently pushing the pieces together. Leave to set for a few hours and they’ll be as good as new.
16. Remover nail polish with rubbing alcohol when you’re all out of nail polish remover. It will take a lot of rubbing but it will shift!
17. Make a home-made ice pack by mixing 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a seal-able plastic bag. Next time you have a sore area or injury just get your ice pack out – it moulds to your body too!
18. Soothe a twisted ankle or similar minor injury by applying some rubbing alcohol directly onto the area. It will help bring blood to the area and calm down the swelling.
Rubbing alcohol for around the home
19. Remove dog ticks by dabbing a small amount onto your dog’s tick. They hate the taste of rubbing alcohol and loosen their grip slightly making it easier for you to pull them off. Grab the critter as close to the skin as possible and pull it off then dab again with rubbing alcohol to disinfect the wound.
20. Get rid of fruit flies by mixing rubbing alcohol with water in a spray bottle and spraying them. They’ll soon drop so you can clean them away.
21. Keep your car windows frost free by mixing a solution of 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and 1/4 cup water. Take a sponge and wash your windows with this anti-frost solution and the next time the temperature drops you should have less frost to scrape away.
22. Remove frost quickly from car windows by pouring some rubbing alcohol into a mini spray bottle and giving it a good squirt. It helps dissolve frost so you should be able to remove it with just a quick wipe with the wiper blades.
23. Make your own air freshener by mixing 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 10-15 drops of your favourite essentials oils in a spray bottle. I love lemon and peppermint for the bathroom and relaxing lavender in the bedroom.
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