When I first moved to the Philippines, as I mentioned in our what is rubbing alcohol blog post, rubbing alcohol was all the rage and living in an all girl’s dormitory while I was at school during the week was a must. I learned some neat tips for cleaning things with rubbing alcohol.

Is rubbing alcohol a disinfectant?

Have you wiped your hands down with disinfectant before having a meal? Rubbing alcohol is commonly found in hand disinfectants on the market today. Rubbing alcohol acts as a solvent aka a solution that can be used as a liquid that dissolves dirt and oil. It can also dry almost immediately meaning you don’t have to worry about sticky residue. To use it as a foolproof homemade disinfectant, mix up on part rubbing alcohol and one part water and put it in a spray bottle. You can use it directly on a cotton pad and clean earrings, thermometers, lens, glasses or any other personal items.

Can you use rubbing alcohol on your windshield?

Got a frozen windshield? We’re coming into the colder time (in the northern hemisphere). Here’s how to make the ultimate solution for frozen windshields. Create a mixture part water and two parts 70% isopropyl (if you recall, the proper name of rubbing alcohol) in a spray bottle, use this solution to dissolve frost and use an ice-scraper to remove any leftover frost on your windshield.

Shoes and rubbing alcohol

Do you have smelly shoes?

In a spray bottle, mix one cup water and one cup rubbing alcohol, spray it on both the outside and inside of your smelly shoes then place your shoes in a drafty or somewhat windy area to dry. The rubbing alcohol will get rid of any odour causing bacteria and should prevent any weird smells from returning.

Are your shoes too small?

Spray the inside of your too-tight shoes until they are a little bit damp with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Put the shoes on and walk around until the rubbing alcohol dries. Repeat if needed and your shoes still feel a bit snug – unless your shoe was really too many sizes, in the beginning, to begin with! They can help with the minor adjustment here and there but not grow show sizes with more fabric overall to fix a too small fit.

How to fix any broken powder makeup with rubbing alcohol

Don’t throw away in broken makeup anymore! Doing this hack can take just 5 mins but save your powder makeup another week or even months of more make up. Talk about long-lasting! Collect all of the broken pieces of your makeup into its original container (or the closest thing to it anyway), and crush the whole thing up (including the parts that may not have broken). Drip a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the compact, and let it soak in. Use your finger, the back of a spoon, to rub and smooth down the makeup. Tip: You can get better results by placing a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the makeup container, and then use the plastic wrap to smooth out the makeup. If the mixture is still too dry, then add a little more alcohol, and rub again to make it into the shape you want it to be.

Caution: Bleach and alcohol

So you’re thinking of bleach when you’re cleaning? Why not mix them together? Good Idea? No way! Mixing the two is never a good idea. It actually makes your very own homemade chloroform! An overwhelming sedative that causes people to pass out. Be careful whenever handling these chemicals especially together.

Rubbing alcohol on car paint

So there are two things to note when it comes to car paint and rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol has long been used by professional detailers by helping to remove swirl marks, water spots or other paint defects, however, rubbing alcohol must ALWAYS be diluted between 10-15 %when using it to prep a car surface BEFORE painting. But NEVER apply it to painted/finished cars. It can damage car paint when it’s applied. But like I mentioned, professional details have been using it to help polishing residue or correcting minor details but it should only be done by experienced detailers.

Does rubbing alcohol remove nail polish

If you want to know how to remove nail polish without properly nail remover like acetone then rubbing alcohol or rubbing alcohol-based ingredients are your best bet. While they can remove nail polish, they may take a little more time than other alternatives. But keep at it if you’ve got some at home and no actual acetone. Put some rubbing alcohol on your nails and let it stay for a few minutes, using a cotton pad or thick tissue, rub it off. Like we mentioned it might not come off straight away, especially if you’re wearing thicker nail polish or something of a glitter substance, but repeat what you were doing and after a time, it’ll be removed.

Creating Nail Designs

So, you can see as before you can wipe off nail polish but you can also create marbled designs. First, paint your nails white, then draw on them with any sharpie color, then drip rubbing alcohol all over them to help colors bleed together et oila you’ve got gorgeous, colourful nails!

How to remove ear wax rubbing alcohol ear wax

Sure, you can purchase over-the-counter ear drops that’ll help dry up any excess ear wax, but you can also make homemade ear drops. Mix ½ tsp of white vinegar with ½ tsp of rubbing alcohol – pour it in the eat and then drain out. If this feels a bit scary, ask your doctor before you include this in your home remedies routine.

Bed bugs rubbing alcohol

You might’ve read online that you can get rid of bed bugs with rubbing alcohol. We are here to say it’s not an exact science, in fact, you can also get a few unwanted after-effects. While in theory, it works, it also comes with a few side issues that rule it out as a safe bed bug killer. Because it’s a solvent, it essentially dissolves or eats away bugs’ outer shells. At the same time, it also acts as a desiccant aka drying agent or it induces drying out. It kills eggs similarly, in that it dissolves them and dries out eggs preventing them from hatching. So what? Sounds perfect right? NO! One – rubbing alcohol can only dissolve things on contact, meaning you’d have to spray bugs directly, and how can you even find them in the first place? They can hide in small spaces – cracks in the furniture, electrical outlets, between the bookshelves etc. Applying rubbing alcohol into where it may be needed could prove to be almost possible. According to researchers (2015), some evidence shows that rubbing alcohol can help however its limitations lie in how much is used and where without running into other problems. Bed Bugs infestations can spread at warp speed! With females reproducing at a phenomenal rate – an average female can lay up to eggs in her lifespan so imagine if you miss spraying some, even if you get to kill half the bed begs the re-infestation chances are high and the problem still occurs. Finally, one major reason NOT to use rubbing alcohol to get rid of bed bugs is it’s extremely flammable! So this might not be a problem when dealing with bed bugs, but what about the upholstered furniture/carpets/clothing/mattresses you might spray with rubbing alcohol? Sounds like a fire hazard, the vapours lingering in the are also highly flammable. A nearby candle perhaps or some incense burning can ignite a house or worse, start a street fire.

Rubbing alcohol and water

The common household cleaning solution – rubbing alcohol and water! Here are a few:

Removes permanent marker marks

Think countertops, plastic, glass, mirrors, whiteboard etc. wipe with a cloth and a dab of rubbing alcohol.

Homemade “mould-able” ice packs

The addition of rubbing alcohol to water will keep it from freezing completely. With the help of a Ziploc bag, combine 1½ cups of water with a ½ cup of rubbing alcohol. Seal and put in the freezer overnight.

Clean Mirrors

Hairspray gunk…toothpaste residue…left on your bathroom mirror? Easy fix, wipe it with rubbing alcohol and a bit of water, it’ll take off all that mess leaving you with a streak-free shine.

Remove grime

Your tech stuff can benefit, wipe your mobile, keyboard, tablet, laptop etc, with a rag that’s been lightly moistened with rubbing alcohol and a bit of water, this will get rid of any built-up dirt and grime on our gadgets we use so often and keep germs to a minimum!

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Add equal parts rubbing alcohol and water to a soft, non-scratching cloth and wipe down any of your stainless steel appliances with it, going with the grain. This is perfect for removing fingerprints and the rubbing alcohol dries streak-free.

Refresh Sponges & Cloths

Disinfect your sponges & cloths by soaking them in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes in a bowl, then rinse it out it’s like it’s sterilised!

Clean Sinks and Chrome

Spritz rubbing alcohol in the sink to clean, disinfect it, and shine it up as well.

Clean Venetian Blinds

Again, like most of the household cleaning ideas, spritz your blinds with rubbing alcohol and wipe with a clean cloth)

Remove stickers

I have a confession. I hate stickers. I know weird something just freaks me out about them. And don’t get me started on stickers that are half ripping off. Excuse me while I freak out. Yes, weird apathy to have. Anyway, enough about the fact that I hate them and onto the solution. I love this! Spray a sticker or like a price tag with rubbing alcohol and it makes it much easier to peel off or you can rub it with another cloth.

Need to clean a laminate floor?

This tip isn’t exactly water and rubbing alcohol rather with a solution mixed together made up up ⅓ C Water, ½ C Rubbing alcohol, ⅓ C White Vinegar, 3 drops Dishwashing Liquid and 5-10 drops of Lemon essential oil, you can create a floor cleaner for laminate floors that’ll leave them shiny and spotless in a jiffy.

Skin Sanitizer

It’s a great skin sanitizer you clean hands even when soap and water are unavailable. Rubbing alcohol disinfects skin by killing bacteria, but it is harsh on the skin. According to Purell.com, hand sanitizers, especially moisturizing varieties, can be as effective as rubbing alcohol at cleaning skin. Furthermore, manufacturers design hand sanitizing products specifically for convenience, and it is easier to use these products in their portable containers than it is to use liquid rubbing alcohol.

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Posted by Rubbing Alcohol on Friday, 20 March 2020