10 Uses For Rubbing Alcohol You’ve Never Even Considered

posted: 04/28/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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If you have a bottle of rubbing alcohol just collecting dust in a medicine cabinet, it's time put it to (good) use. While you may have put rubbing alcohol on a few minor cuts and scrapes, it's actually incredibly versatile as a cleaner, disinfectant, and other surprising uses. Here's a few of our favorite ways to put rubbing alcohol to work.

Make boo-boo packs

Make your own boo-boo packs for your kids or larger ice packs for all your aches and pains by adding one part rubbing alcohol to three parts water inside a freezer bag and tossing it in the freezer. The mixture will get cold but won't freeze solid. This way you can mold the bag around the area that's in pain.

Fix broken makeup

If you've ever dropped your eyeshadow or powder compact and it breaks into a million little pieces, there's no need to cry over broken makeup anymore! Just pour rubbing alcohol into the container and saturate the makeup. Then smooth out the mixture, and after a few hours, the makeup will harden and will be in one piece again.

Remove permanent marker

Turns out, permanent marker isn't so permeant when you rub a little alcohol on it. This is perfect for getting those stubborn ink stains off any surface!

As a one-stop bathroom cleaner

For quick bathroom cleanup, you don't need multiple cleaners because rubbing alcohol can clean your mirrors. It's especially great at removing build up from hairspray and will clean and shine your faucets and sink.

Spiff up appliances

Stainless steel appliances look super chic in the kitchen, but water spots and fingerprints look awful on stainless steel. But a little rubbing alcohol on a cloth will remove all of those spots.

DIY air freshener

Make a natural air freshener that has zero chemicals and will leave your house smelling great by adding rubbing alcohol and a few drops of essential oils, like lemon or lavender, to a spray bottle and spray around your house.

Remove sticky labels

If you have jars or containers that you want to use for storage or crafts but the labels and stickers are being stubborn, just soak them in rubbing alcohol and the labels and stickers will come right off.

Treat a mosquito bite

Did you know you can relieve itching from a mosquito bite by dabbing rubbing alcohol on the bite? No more itching and it will help speed up the healing process.

Sanitize your cell phone

Our cell phones, tablets, and laptops are covered in germs and dirt. Yuck! But rubbing alcohol can safely clean and kill the germs on our favorite devices.

Avoid stinky shoes

Smelly shoes are no match for rubbing alcohol. Just spray the inside and the outside of the shoe until they are soaked and let them dry in the sun. No more stinky shoes!