Rubbing Alcohol Uses

"Here are many uses for that bottle you have in your house."
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  • rubbing alcohol
  • water (some uses)


  • Sterilize thermometers.
  • Nail Fungus – soak feet in equal parts water and rubbing alcohol.
  • Muscle & Joint Reliever – rub on sore muscles and joints to relieve pain.
  • Ear Wax – dab equal parts alcohol and vinegar into ear, repeat every other week.
  • Swimmer’s Ear – Pour a little in the ear to help evaporate the water and help prevent infection.
  • Athlete’s Foot – rub on feet daily.
  • Hand Sanitizer – mix 2/3 cup alcohol and 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • Remove Ticks – dab tick with alcohol, rub tick as close to skin as possible and dab again to disinfect.
  • Mosquito Bites –dab on bites to relieve itch and help heal.
  • Cold Sores – dab on cold sore to dry out the area.
  • Window Cleaner – 1 cup alcohol to 1 cup water. Shines windows and prevents frost.
  • Remove Hairspray – wipe counters and mirrors with alcohol to remove sticky residue.
  • Windshield Frost – spray on windshield to remove frost.
  • Floor scuffs – dampen cloth with alcohol and wipe away.
  • Chrome Cleaner – Pour on a soft cloth and wipe fixtures.
  • Laundry Stains – Soak the spot for a few minutes before washing (paint, ink, markers).
  • Remove Permanent Marker Marks from Hard Surfaces – Saturate ink and wipe away.
  • Makeup Brush Sanitizer – soak brushes in alcohol for 30 minutes. Air dry. Repeat every couple weeks.
  • Ring Around the Collar – wipe on neck before you dress.
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner – removes fingerprints and smudges leaving only shine.
  • Degreaser – use on appliances, countertops, cabinets. Can be used to remove grease from carpet by applying to a rag and lightly rubbing the stain.
  • Electronic Cleaner – with a dampened rag, wipe phones, stereos, gaming systems, etc. to remove grime and disinfect.
  • Eyeglasses Cleaner – spray a small amount and wipe with a soft cloth.
  • Jewelry Cleaner – soak jewelry for a few minutes, remove and polish with soft, clean cloth.
  • Remove Fruit Flies – spray with a fine mist.
  • Kill Dust Mites (maybe Bed Bugs) – spray on bed, let dry, then vacuum.
  • Air Freshener – mix 1 cup alcohol with 10-15 drops essential oil.
  • Remove Sticky Residue – soak area for a few minutes and wipe away.
  • Make an Ice Pack – 1 part alcohol and 3 parts water in a zip lock, freeze and use.
  • Nail Polish Remover – in a pinch try it.
  • Candl Cleaner – use a dam rag to wipe away dust and grime from candles.
  • Clean Dry Erase Board – wipe with damp rag.
  • Shoe Stretcher – apply a thin coat of alcohol to the interior and exterior. Place shoe on you foot or use shoe stretcher to resize.
  • Remove Shoe Odor – spray shoes with alcohol and place in a sunny spot to dry.
  • Freshen Onion/Garlic Hands – rinse with rubbing alcohol.

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