Do you have a bottle of rubbing alcohol sitting neglected in the back of your medicine cabinet? I do. It may be time to take advantage of all the rubbing alcohol uses to save you time and money.
Swimmer’s Ear Drops. As I mentioned on Monday, swimmer’s ear can easily be prevented by using these easy to make drops. The rubbing alcohol helps the water to quickly evaporate. With swimming weather quickly approaching it’s a good idea to have them on hand.
Sunburn Reliever. While it won’t stop or cure a sunburn the quick evaporation of the rubbing alcohol from the skin will help draw heat out of it as well as making it feel a little better. Personally I prefer using witch-hazel. Along with the same cooling affects mentioned above witch-hazel has pain soothing properties to it as well. I use it all of the time on the kid’s bumps and bruises.
Homemade Ice Pack. With two rambunctious boys being able to make an ice pack when needed is great. DIY rubbing alcohol ice packs are super simple to make. They are mold-able making them easy to use on knees or elbows and feel much nicer on those tender injuries than sharp, hard pieces of ice. All you need is rubbing alcohol, water and Ziploc bag.
Easy, Painless Tick Removal. Growing up in the country we spent a lot of time outdoors and in the woods. That meant someone was sure to pick up a tick now and again. If you should find yourself or your pet playing host to a tick you can easily and painless get rid of it. Simply soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol then hold it on the tick. After just a minute it will begin to back out of our skin and let go. You can then use a pair of tweezers to pluck it off. If it doesn’t want to let go easily then replace the cotton ball, wait a minute then try again.
Sterilize. This may be one of the best things you can do with rubbing alcohol, besides wound care. I personally use it to sterilize my earings tweezers, small scissors, sewing needles and other small items.
Jewelry Cleaner. As beautiful as your jewelry is, it is filthy. It easily picks up oil from your skin and dirt from the environment. Soak your earrings and other jewelry for a couple of minutes in a small amount of rubbing alcohol. After removing it use a clean, lint free, soft cloth to polish it. Your jewelry will be clean and shine like new.
Easy All-purpose De-greaser. Moisten a clean lint free cloth with rubbing alcohol then use it to clean the grease off your stove, range hood, and vent. The nice thing is you don’t need to go back afterwards since it will evaporate almost instantly leaving a clean surface behind it.
Get Rid Of Grime. Easily remove all the built up dirt and oils from your favorite (aka highly used) gadgets, keyboards and cellphones. A damp lint free cloth will easily remove all the grime and help sanitize your items at the same time.
Say Good-bye To Water Spots. Wiping stainless steel sinks and faucets with a rubbing alcohol soaked cloth will rid them of water spots. This trick will also work on your stainless steel appliances to remove finger prints and smudges.
Stop Frost From Forming On Your Windshield. This is very similar to my DIY De-Icier. Dealing with frost during the colder months, especially when you’re in a hurry, can be a pain. Thankfully you can prevent it from sticking to your windshield by simply combining 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, and 1 cup water in a spray bottle. Use your frost fighting mixture to clean your car windows and it will help to prevent frost forming on your windows.
De-Ice Winter Walkways. Last winter I shared with you my DIY Ice Melt recipe featuring rubbing alcohol. Not only is it cheap and easy to make, it’s safe for kids and pets too! It doesn’t take long for your wintery sidewalks to become clear and ice free thanks to this DIY trick.
What are some of your favorite ways to use rubbing alcohol?
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