13 Things to Do with Rubbing Alcohol
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1. Use rubbing alcohol to clean bathroom fixtures
Just reach into the medicine cabinet the next time you need to clean chrome bathroom fixtures. Pour some rubbing alcohol straight from the bottle onto a soft, absorbent cloth and the fixtures. No need to rinse – the alcohol just evaporates. It does a great job of making chrome sparkle, plus it will kill any germs in its path.
2. Use rubbing alcohol to remove hairspray from mirrors
When you are spritzing your head with hairspray, some of it inevitably winds up on the mirror. A quick wipe with rubbing alcohol will whisk away that sticky residue and leave your mirror sparkling clean.
3. Use rubbing alcohol to clean venetian blinds
Rubbing alcohol does a terrific job of cleaning the slates of venetian blinds. To make quick work of the job, wrap a flat tool – a spatula or maybe a 6-inch drywall knife – in cloth and secure with a rubber band. Dip in alcohol and go to work.
4. Use rubbing alcohol to keep windows sparkling and frost-free
Do your windows frost up in the wintertime? Wash them with a solution of 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol to 1 quart (1 litre) water to prevent the frost. Polish the windows with newspaper after you wash them to make them shine.
5. Use rubbing alcohol to dissolve windshield frost
Wouldn’t you rather be inside savouring your morning coffee a little longer instead of scraping frost off your car windows? Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spritz the car glass. You’ll be able to wipe the frost right off. Ah, good to the last drop!
6. Use rubbing alcohol to prevent ring around the collar
To prevent your neck from staining your shirt collar, wipe your neck with rubbing alcohol each morning before you dress. Feels good too.
7. Use rubbing alcohol to clean your phone
Is your phone getting a bit grubby? Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. It’ll remove the grime and disinfect the phone at the same time.
8. Use rubbing alcohol to remove ink stains
Did you get ink on your favourite shirt or dress? Try soaking the spot in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes before putting the garment in the wash.
9. Use rubbing alcohol to erase permanent markers
Did Junior decide to decorate your countertop with a permanent marker? Don’t worry, most countertops are made of a non-permeable material such as plastic laminate or marble. Rubbing alcohol will dissolve the marker back to a liquid state so you can wipe it right off.
10. Use rubbing alcohol to remove dog ticks
Ticks hate the taste of rubbing alcohol as much as they love the taste of your dog. Before you pull a tick off Fido, dab the critter with rubbing alcohol to make it loosen its grip. Then grab the tick as close to the dog’s skin as you can and pull it straight out. Dab again with alcohol to disinfect the wound. This works on people too!
11. Use rubbing alcohol to get rid of fruit flies
The next time you see fruit flies hovering in the kitchen, get out a fine-misting spray bottle and fill it with rubbing alcohol. Spraying the little flies knocks them out and makes them fall to the floor, where you can sweep them up. The alcohol is less effective than insecticide, but it’s a lot safer than spraying poison around your kitchen.
12. Use rubbing alcohol to make a shapeable ice pack
The problem with ice packs is they won’t conform to the shape of the injured body part. Make a slushy, comfortable pack by mixing 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a self-closing plastic bag. The next time that sore knee acts up, wrap the bag of slush in a cloth and apply it to the area.
13. Use rubbing alcohol to stretch tight-fitting new shoes
This doesn’t always work, but it sure is worth a try; if your new leather shoes are pinching your feet, try swabbing the tight spot with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. Walk around in the shoes for a few minutes to see if they stretch enough to be comfortable. If not, the next step is to take them back to the shoe store.