Rubbing Alcohol: Magic in a Bottle

Rubbing Alcohol: Magic in a Bottle

Chances are you have at least one bottle of rubbing alcohol lying around your home or office. What you might not know are its plethora of cleaning and utility uses. Rubbing alcohol can be used for so much more than just sterilizing tweezers and disinfecting cuts. Below are some of the most creative and efficient uses for rubbing alcohol.

1. Clean blinds

Horizontally slated blinds can be tricky to clean, but not with rubbing alcohol. Simply wrap a cloth around a flat spatula and secure it with a rubber band, then dip it in rubbing alcohol and clean those dusty blinds with ease.

2. Remove frost from wind shield

Tired of putting up your hood and slapping on some mittens on those cold winter mornings before work just to scrape frost off of your car? Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and water, spritz the windows, wipe them with a cloth and voilà! Frost-free windows.

3. Clean your cell phone

If you’re like most people, you probably use your smartphone in some capacity all the time. Many people even use their phone while they are using the restroom. Needless to say, phones get pretty grubby and germ-infested. A quick wipe with a rag dipped in rubbing alcohol will remove grime and disinfect your phone at the same time.

4. Remove ink stains

Getting ink on your clothes doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Before washing the article of clothing with an ink spot, pour rubbing alcohol on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before throwing it in the washer.

5. Erase permanent marker

Whether you slipped, or your young ones got artistic, permanent marker doesn’t have to be quite so permanent. If the accident happened on a non-permeable surface, just pour some rubbing alcohol on it to return it to its liquid state and wipe it away. Yes, it really can be that easy.

6. Clean chrome fixtures

Rubbing alcohol not only does a wonderful job cleaning chrome bathroom fixtures, but it also makes them sparkle! Just put straight rubbing alcohol on a rag and wipe down the fixtures. No need to dry, the alcohol will evaporate, helping you avoid those dreaded streaks.

7. Appliance cleaner

To give your appliances a quick and easy clean, just add two parts water and one part rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle, spray down your appliances and buff clean. Just like that, you have a beautiful, streak-free clean that is fast and easy.

8. Keep windows clear and frost-free

One of our tips already told you how to remove frost with rubbing alcohol, but if you’re even more proactive you can avoid it all together. Simply wash your windows with a mix of a half cup of rubbing alcohol with one quart of water, and when the temperatures drop your windows won’t frost over. This tip works great for your car and your home or office’s windows.

9. Silk plant cleaner

Silk plants are known to collect dust, but with a mixture of one part rubbing alcohol and one part water, you can simply spray your silk plants, let them air dry and the dust will disappear.

10. Remove stickers

Stickers were fun when you were a kid, but now they can just be plain annoying. They come on items you’d prefer they didn’t, and when you peel them off they leave a sticky residue behind. To rid your life of this sticky residue, soak the sticker with rubbing alcohol for 10 minutes. Alcohol is a dissolvent and the sticker should come off effortlessly.

11. Fix a dried out Sharpie

Pour some rubbing alcohol into its pen cap and then dip the tip of the marker into the cap. Let it sit until you can see some ink swirling out, then put the cap back on the Sharpie and leave it for 15 or more minutes. (Won’t work for all markers.)


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