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Alternative Uses Of Isopropyl alcohol – A Very Useful Household Item

There are several household items (such as rubbing alcohol) that might seem very simple and irrelevant, we think these items have only one specific use, but they can actually be used for several other things.

The beauty about knowing the alternative uses of various household items is that they can also help save money. We are going to be talking about the alternative uses of rubbing alcohol, most of which you probably didn’t know about.

What Is Rubbing Alcohol?

Rubbing alcohol could be said to be a general non-specific term for either isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) or ethyl alcohol (ethanol). you could also call it a surgical spirit, rubbing alcohol is undrinkable even if it is ethanol-based, due to the bitterants added.

Below are the various ways in which rubbing alcohol can come in handy at home;

Kill Odors

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When rubbing alcohol is sprayed on smelly shoes or items and left to dry in a sunny spot for a while, they tend to fight odor-causing elements in the shoes.

Disinfect Eyeglasses

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Just rub the eyeglasses with a little rubbing alcohol to disinfect them; you would be shocked with the results you’ll get.

Home Made Air Freshener

Are you tired of using chemical based air fresheners that don’t work or cause irritation to the nose? You can actually make yours, using rubbing alcohol. Try this simple method;

  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (based on choice)

Not only is this natural but it saves you the cost of buying an expensive and toxic air freshener because these are all basic home items.

Earwax Removal

Mix equal parts of rubbing alcohol and vinegar and dip a cotton wool or bud in the already mixed solution, then use it to clean your ear. This dissolves the wax making removal easy.

Makeup Brush Sanitizer

Look Younger

Soak your makeup brushes in rubbing alcohol for a bit then let them dry off. You’ll be amazed by the results because not only would the brushes be clean they would also be germs and infection free.

Restore/Repair Broken Eye Shadow

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Ever had your pressed powder, eyeshadow and all broken perhaps accidentally or by children? You can restore your broken eyeshadow, blush or pressed powder to its original smoothness by using a little rubbing alcohol and use your hand or a spoon to smoothen it then let it dry for a few hours. When it hardens, you’ll have saved money that would have been used to purchase a new one.

Treating Athlete’s Foot

If you are suffering from athlete’s foot you may be able to cure it with a simple rubbing alcohol soak. Or you can just rub the feet with rubbing alcohol once a day.

Remove Residual Sticker From Surfaces

We all have that jar, price tags or surface that when peeled won’t come off easily and they leave parts of the paper and glue. These stickers can sometimes get annoying, the good news is they can be removed with the help of rubbing alcohol.

Just soak the area with some alcohol and leave for a few minutes, wipe it and it should come off quickly.

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

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Rubbing alcohol is one of the main ingredients in any hand sanitizer, this means you can make your own hand sanitizer using rubbing alcohol. Here’s how;

  • Mix rubbing alcohol with;
  • Aloe vera extract
  • Any essential oil of your choice

And there you have it, your own homemade sanitizer. Feel free to try and experiment.

Sterilize Items

You can use this to sterilize and make used tools hygienic again by just applying it on tools used.


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  1. Where can I buy rubbing alcohol in Nairobi? I need a bottle to help me when servicing my desktop and laptop PCs.

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