50+ Interesting Uses Of Rubbing Alcohol That You Probably Didn’t Know
Keep windows frost-free – If you want to do a little frost prevention, wash them with a 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol mixed with 1 quart water. The next time the temperatures dip you shouldn’t have to do ANYTHING!
Hairspray remover – If your bathroom mirror and countertops get covered with hairspray, like mine do, a quick wipe with some rubbing alcohol will remove it and leave them sparkling clean.
Window cleaner – to make your own, mix 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 tablespoons ammonia, 3 1/2 cups water and a drop of dish soap.
Granite cleaner – Vinegar and other acidic cleaners corrode granite, so use alcohol instead! 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 3 drops of dish detergent, 1 cup water, and a couple drops of essential oil, and you’ve got yourself a great DIY granite countertop cleaner.
Silk plant/flower cleaner – fill a spray bottle with 1/2 water, 1/2 rubbing alcohol, spray on, and let air dry! Dust disappears!
Laminate floor cleaner – Use 1/3 water, 1/3 rubbing alcohol, 1/3 vinegar and 4 drops of dish soap for an effective and quick-drying laminate floor cleaner. Spray it on. Wipe it with either a damp mop or a damp sponge.
All-purpose de-greaser – pour some rubbing alcohol onto a cloth and wipe down greasy stove tops, vents and teapot. No need to rinse afterwards because the rubbing alcohol dries almost immediately.
Remove ink stains – If you get ink on your clothing, try soaking the spot in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes and then wash as usual. Hairspray & hand sanitizer, which also have alcohol in them, will work in a pinch as well.
Erase permanent markers – Rubbing alcohol will dissolve marker back to a liquid state so you can wipe it right off. Believe me, it has saved me numerous times!
Clean (and shine) fixtures – To remove residue and bring shine back to lamps, candles, faucets, doorknobs, etc., pour some rubbing alcohol onto a soft, absorbent cloth and buff to a shine. No need to rinse — the alcohol just evaporates.
Jewelry cleaner – If you need to clean the alkaline deposits off your jewelry, let it soak in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes and clean with a cloth. It will restore the lustre to your jewelry.
Removing stickers – To remove stickers without leaving the sticky glue behind, pour some rubbing alcohol on it and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rubbing alcohol is a dissolvent and stickers will peel off easily.
Clean dry erase boards – Rather than purchasing dry erase board cleaner, just spray rubbing alcohol on the board instead and wipe away the marker marks with a paper towel.
Electronics surface cleaner – Laptops, computers, and especially your cell phones, are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria.. They all should be disinfected regularly. Dab some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and use it to clean the surface of your cell phones, keyboards and mouse.
Clean blinds – Rubbing alcohol does a terrific job of cleaning the slats of your blinds. Wrap a flat tool in cloth and secure with a rubber band. Dip in alcohol and get to work.
Microfiber sofa stains – To deal with microfiber sofa stains, spray some rubbing alcohol over the stained area and wipe with a clean sponge or cloth and allow to dry. Unlike water, which will stain the microfiber, rubbing alcohol won’t penetrate the fabric and evaporates quickly.
Stainless steel cleaner – It’s a great way to remove fingerprints and smudges, and it dries to a streak-free shine.
Carpet – to remove greasy stains, apply rubbing alcohol to a rag and lightly rub the stain. To be safe, try on an inconspicuous part of the carpet first.