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15 Unexpected Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

You may reach for the rubbing alcohol when someone falls down and scrapes their knee, but did you know there are many other practical uses for rubbing alcohol?!

  1. Cleaning Jewelry

  • Soak your jewelry in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes before wiping with a clean cloth in order to restore its luster.

  1. Fix Broken Makeup Pans

  • Pour some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle then spray it over a broken eyeshadow, blush, or pressed powder pan. Use a spoon to smooth the pan over and let it dry and harden for a few hours before using.

  1. Clean Dry Erase Boards

  • Rubbing alcohol is a great (and cheap) alternative to a dry erase board cleaner and it works just as well! Simply spray it on the board and use a towel to wipe it clean.

  1. Eliminate Odor

  • Rubbing alcohol can be used to eliminate odor from smelly items such as shoes by spraying them down and letting them air dry.

  1. Clean Keyboards

  • Clean the surface of your keyboards using rubbing alcohol by applying the rubbing alcohol to a Q-Tip and running it across the keyboard’s surface.

  1. Clean & Disinfect Glasses

  • Spray your glasses with rubbing alcohol and using a gentle microfiber cloth, gently wipe away any dirt and smudges.

  1. DIY Air Freshener

  • Create your own air freshener spray by mixing 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle.

  1. Remove Nail Polish

  • Many nail polish removers are filled with nasty chemicals that can damage your nail beds over time. Keep your nails healthy by removing your nail polish using a cotton ball and a dab of rubbing alcohol.

  1. Clean your Skin

  • Rubbing alcohol has many great properties that can clean and soothe your skin without causing irritation.

  1. Remove Stickers

  • If you’ve ever tried to remove a sticker after its been sitting for a while, you probably know it’s no easy task. Soaking the sticky area with rubbing alcohol for a few minutes and the residue should be easy to wipe away.

  1. DIY Hand Sanitizer

  • Rubbing alcohol is the main ingredient in hand sanitizer! Make your own DIY hand sanitizer by mixing three parts of rubbing alcohol and one part of aloe vera gel. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil and you’re ready to go!

  1. Remove pen ink

  • To remove pen ink from any type of clothing, soak it in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes prior to washing.

  1. Remove Permanent Marker

  • Permanent marker can be removed from any non-porous surface by adding a dab of rubbing alcohol to a damp sponge and gently rubbing.

  1. Remove Ticks

  • Remove a tick from your skin by soaking a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and applying it directly to the tick. The alcohol shocks the tick making it much easier to remove.

  1. Use as a Deodorant

  • Since alcohol removes bacteria from surfaces it can be used in replace of deodorant if necessary.

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