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There are many uses of rubbing alcohol, but the most common one is definitely for disinfection. People also use it for adhesive removal. However, the uses of this versatile over-the-counter product go far beyond this. Read on and find out how you can make the most of this item.
1 Kill Lice
- Rubbing alcohol works wonders for removing lice.
- What you do is fill a spray bottle with some alcohol then add several drops of lavender oil.
- Spray the mixture generously on your scalp and hair. Make sure you do the treatment outside.
- Remove dead lice by combing your hair. In the end, leave the used lice combs to soak in the mixture for at least 1 hour.
2 Clean Your Ears
- Although cotton swabs are the most commonly used tool for ear cleaning, they’re actually dangerous due to the fact that they push ear wax deeper in the ear canal.
- Rubbing alcohol is a much better alternative for this. In a cup mix, some white vinegar and rubbing alcohol then drip a couple of drops in each ear.
- You can use a cotton swab for this. The wax will be removed on its own.
3 Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
- Bed bugs are a real annoyance, especially because they cause skin irritation and allergies.
- Luckily, rubbing alcohol is all you need to get rid of these pests.
- Fill a spray bottle with some rubbing alcohol and spray generously over your pillows and mattress.
- As bed bugs lay eggs, it’s important to repeat several times for optimal results.
4 Deodorant Replacement
- Rubbing alcohol is highly effective in killing the bacteria that cause bad body odor and can be easily found in every first-aid kit. So, if you find yourself away from home and you have no deodorizer with you, rubbing alcohol is all you need.
- However, don’t use it too often because long-term exposure to alcohol can irritate your skin.
5 Homemade Cool Pack
- It’s common knowledge that alcohol doesn’t freeze. Instead, it turns into a cold, thick mass.
- It’s because of this that you can use alcohol to make your own cooling pad.
- For this, you need to mix rubbing alcohol and water in a ratio 1:2 and place the mixture in a ziplock bag.
- It’s important to remove as much air as possible before placing the bag in the freezer.
- Wait for an hour before you use this as an ice pack for an injury or to cool your lunch on a hike, for instance.
6 Remove Fingernail Polish
- If you want to avoid the harsh chemicals often found in commercial nail polish remover, use pure rubbing alcohol instead.
- It may take a bit longer to remove the polish completely, but you’ll protect your nails.
7 No More Ingrown Hairs
- Ingrown hairs are quite an annoyance not just because of the irritated red skin, but also for the ugly appearance.
- Applying a bit of rubbing alcohol to your skin can significantly ease any irritation while leaving your skin smooth again.
8 Clear Your Skin
- Most acne-fighting creams and ointments contain benzoyl peroxide.
- However, rubbing alcohol provides the same effect due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
- Use this product to disinfect any existing pimples and acne, but also to sooth the surrounding skin and help prevent acne breakout.
- When using rubbing alcohol on your face, use on the affected skin only as it can damage healthy skin.
9 Cold Sores
- The herpes virus is found in the vast majority of the population.
- Although 85% of people carry it, only some will ever experience a breakout.
- If you experience such an issue, use 70% isopropyl alcohol on the sore.
- This will speed up the recovery according to the University of Michigan.
10 Hand Sanitizer
- You can make a highly effective hand sanitizer with rubbing alcohol.
- What you do is combine 4 oz. aloe vera gel, ½ tbsp. isopropyl alcohol, and a few drops of tea tree oil.
- Store the mix in a sealable bottle.