Rubbing alcohol is most often used to disinfect surfaces or remove adhesive, but you probably didn’t know that it could also be used for other purposes.
Here are 10 rarely known rubbing alcohol uses:
If you forgot to take your deodorant with you on a special occasion, don’t worry. Just rub some of the alcohol on your underarms to eliminate the bacteria responsible for bad odor. If you’re thinking “Where would I find it?”, it’s in your first aid kit. However, you should know that you should only use it in an emergency, as long-term alcohol exposure can damage your skin.
Removes bed bugs
Bed bugs are not easy to get rid of, but luckily, alcohol can help you destroy them. Pour some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray it on your mattress and pillow several times a day to destroy the nasty critters.
Pour some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray it on your children’s head, then remove the lice easily with a comb. This is a simple and effective DIY remedy for lice.
Removes nail polish
If you’ve run out of acetone, you can safely remove nail polish with rubbing alcohol. In fact, rubbing alcohol is a much better solution. Acetone or commercial nail polish removers contain dangerous chemicals which can harm your nails and your health as well.
Cleans your skin
Many commercial products and creams against acne contain harmful chemicals which can damage your skin, but rubbing alcohol is a better solution thanks to its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. Just rub some of it on your skin to disinfect it and resolve problems such as acne and pimples.
Storing alcohol in the freeze won’t freeze it, which means that it’s an ideal cooling pad. Mix water and alcohol in a 2:1 ratio and pour it in a sealable plastic bag, then put it in the fridge overnight. Make sure you squeeze as much air from the bag as you can. In the morning, you’ll have a completely functional cool pack you can use as an ice pack or for your picnic meals.
Cleans your ears
Most people use cotton swabs to clean the ear wax from your ears, but this only puts the wax deeper in the ear canal. To clean it nicely and disinfect your ears, mix some rubbing alcohol and white vinegar, then soak a cotton swab in the mixture and then clean your ears.
Removes ingrown hairs
If your skin is full of red dots after a shave, apply some rubbing alcohol to relieve the irritation and make your skin softer than ever.
About 85% of the world’s population carries the herpes virus, but only a small amount of these people experience a break out. If you are one of them, apply 70% isopropyl alcohol on the area and the problem will be easily resolved.
DIY hand sanitizer
Rubbing alcohol is a great DIY hand sanitizer. Just mix half a tablespoon of isopropyl alcohol, a couple of drops of tea tree oil and 4 ounces of Aloe Vera gel and you’ll never have to buy commercial hand sanitizers again.