Tuesday, January 29, 2013

12 Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

Today, 12 Uses for Rubbing Alcohol.  I decided to do some research on this household product to see what other uses there were for Rubbing Alcohol besides cleaning cuts, scrapes, and cleaning the containers for my homemade beauty products.  I was surprised at all of the different ways it could be used, and wanted to share it with all of you.  So here we go

12 Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

1. Removing Frost From Your Windshield of Your Car

Living in Colorado, this is amazing to me.  Put the Alcohol in a spray bottle,  spray it on your windshield, and you can just wipe the frost off of your windshield.  I want to try this the next time I have a sheet of ice on my windshield to see if it works on that also.  I love this idea.

2. Cleaning Hairspray off of Your Bathroom Mirror

What a great idea.  I don't know about you, but sometimes, when I spray hairspray it goes everywhere, well this is just the thing to take care of that.  Just put a little alcohol on a cloth or paper towel and wipe your mirror, and it dissolves the hair spray.

3.  Cleaning the Hairspray off of Your Tile Floor

This is an even better tip then the bathroom mirror.  Once I realized rubbing alcohol would clean the  bathroom mirror, I decided to try it on our bathroom floor.  If you are getting hairspray on your mirror, you are definitely getting it on your floor also.  It did an amazing job.

4. Cleaning Your Phones

The telephone is on of the easiest ways to spread colds in a house and they also get grimy and dirty.   The alcohol will not only disinfect your phone, but make it sparkly clean too.

5. Getting Ticks off of Dogs

I haven't tried this one, because our dog doesn't really go anywhere with ticks, but for those of you who live in areas with ticks, this may be worth a try.  Apparently ticks do not like alcohol, so if you put alcohol on the tick and the dog before removing the tick, you can pull it out easier.  Once you put the alcohol on and around the tick, get as close to the skin as you can and the tick will be easier to remove.  Pull the tick out and then disinfect the area with the alcohol.   I thought this was a great idea.  If anyone tries it and it works, I would love to know.

6. Making Ice Packs

I love this, we normally use salt, ice, and a little water, but this would be a little more shapeable.  Mix 1 part rubbing alcohol with 2 parts water in a ziploc plastic bag.  Put it in the freezer.  It doesn't freeze all the way, it turns to slush, so it is shapeable.  Next time you need an ice pack just pull this out of the freezer and it will mold to the shape of wherever it goes.

7. Natural Degreaser in your Kitchen

I like this one a lot.  Put the alcohol on a clean cloth and wipe down the your stove, hood, kettle.  Viola!!!  The grease is gone, and the added bonus is that rubbing alcohol evaporates, so no need to rinse.   What a great natural degreaser.   I am for anything that gets rid of chemicals in my kitchen.  One note, do not use this on a hot stove or around any open flames, since rubbing alcohol is highly flamable.

8. Clean and Disinfect the Chrome Fixtures in Your Bathroom

I love this one also.  Just put the alcohol on a soft cloth and wipe down your faucets and it handles in your bathroom.  You have cleaned and disinfected in one fell swoop.  How easy is that.

9. Clean Your Candles

When your candles have sat for a while, this is a great way to clean them before lighting them.  Just put the alcohol on a cloth and wipe away the grime and dust from the candle.  It looks like new and you are set to go.  Light and use as usual.  I like this one, since my candles will sit for months without being used, so they are always dirty.

10. For Mosquito Bites

This is one I didn't know about.  If you put rubbing alcohol on a mosquito bite, it will dry it out and that stops the itching.  I'm trying this next time I get a mosquito bite for sure.  We'll have Charly try it also, since mosquitos really like her a lot.  She must be very tasty.

11.  Cleaning CD's and DVD's

When your cd's and dvd's are skipping or not playing right, wipe them off with rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth to clean them off and they are good to go.  Sometimes, just cleaning them is the fix.

12. Eye Glass Cleaner

So since I am essentially blind, I have to wear glasses all of the time.  I can not see without them, so I like my glasses to be really lean.  I am always buying eye glass cleaner and eye glass cleaner wipes.  I haven't been able to replace the wipes yet, but this works great on my glasses.  Just put the alcohol in a small spray bottle, spray on your glasses and wipe with a soft cloth.  They are sparkly and shiny like new.

I hope that these are helpful ways to use Rubbing Alcohol.  I really like the fact that it has so many uses and is so inexpensive.  I always love hearing from you.

Have a great day.

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  1. Good morning Debi, I 've tried it for many of the uses you stated, but not as a degreaser in the kitchen - 409 works great for that!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Debi ! We were looking for rubbing alcohol everywhere - chemist/hardware store and couldn't find any {think it was for our floors}, anyhow, I did not realize it is so versatile, so maybe we must start our search, earnestly this time, again! Pinned, and now hoping we will get some :-) .... especially for the ticks on the doggies.

  3. Great tips! boy, I can really use that 'frost off the windshield' one! And the ice packs, never heard it before. Very handy. Thanks for posting this. :-)

  4. Oh wow, great tips! I've pinned, and next time our lab gets a tick, I'll be sure to try this! Thanks!
    Debbie :)

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope it's helpful. Thanks for pinning.
      Have a great week.

  5. Debi, this is an amazing list. I never have this on hand. I am so going out and getting a huge bottle. I am at school right now, but when I get home I'd like to pin this to my "Wow, That's Smart" board on Pinterest!

    1. Hi Karen,
      I'm happy that it worked for you. Thanks so much for visiting. I love what it does for my glasses and getting rid of the frost on my car.

      Have a great week.


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