Rubbing alcohol is typically 70% isopropyl alcohol or ethanol and 30% distilled water. We probably all grew up with the stuff in the “medicine cabinet” in our homes.
I realized when I showed how to make my HEAT IN A CAN a few months ago that I had to mention to people that rubbing alcohol does not have a long shelf life.
Even so, I store a few bottles for that time when the only thing that will work is rubbing alcohol. Because these bottles are plastic they will degrade faster than a glass bottle and they could eventually leak.
The shelf life depends on whether it is 70% or 90% rubbing alcohol. I realize some government officials make the companies put an expiration date on everything.
I am not here to debate that just mentioning the expiration date. I will keep mine past the expiration date, mainly because it isn’t a product that is used for human consumption.
1. Ice Packs With Rubbing Alcohol:
Start by mixing one part rubbing alcohol and 2 parts water in a freezer baggie-place in the freezer. The rubbing alcohol keeps the water from freezing solid
2. Remove sticky stuff:
You can remove stick stuff from products you buy that have price tags that are hard and stubborn to come off..rub lightly on safe surface and lightly wipe dry
3. Helps heal:
It helps heal and clean the ears after being pierced
Dab some on mosquito bites and cold sores
it’s an awesome degreaser in the kitchen-it is so easy to squirt a little on the stove (be careful with your eyes) scrub and it dries quickly
6. Shiny Mirrors:
Your bathroom mirrors and faucets will sparkle by rubbing a little on faucets to make them shine (make sure your faucets can be cleaned by rubbing alcohol)
Rubbing alcohol helps eliminate germs from counter tops-I use a diluted with water rag and rub on the counter tops. I have Corian, or whatever it is called..it works great
8. Disinfect skin:
You can disinfect skin but does it not sterilize everything
9. Candle cleaner:
you can clean the top of your candles if you have some un-lit dusty candles-clean them with a moistened cotton ball to remove dust
Rubbing alcohol is very flammable so be careful when using it
Are you having trouble getting some hair spray off your mirrors? Use rubbing alcohol, it removes it from mirrors
On your outside car windows, wipe with a mixture of 1 one part rubbing alcohol and 5 parts water–wipe and dry-no more scraping, or much less anyway
13. Stainless Steel Appliances:
Wipe down your stainless steel appliances with a non-scratching soft cloth and they shine like new
Disinfect your computer mouse with a lightly sprayed soft non-scratching rag of rubbing alcohol (yes, I still use a mouse)
15. Athlete’s Foot:
Rub rubbing alcohol on your feet daily-keep your feet dry afterwards
16. Laundry Stain:
Soak the stain in rubbing alcohol (washable clothes only) for a few minutes before you wash them
17. Makeup Brushes:
Soak your brushes at least once a month for about 20-30 minutes-rinse and dry
18. Smelly Shoes:
Lightly spray the inside of your shoes and set outside to dry
19. Air Freshener:
Mix one cup rubbing alcohol with 15-20 drops of essential oils
Rinse your hands after cutting to remove the odor
21. Nail Polish Remover:
You can use this in a pinch if you are out of the usual stuff
22. Jewelry Cleaner:
You can soak some jewelry for a few seconds, remove and pat dry. Do not do pearls…
23. Floor Scuffs:
Use a damp soft cloth and gently rub out the scuff-you know those dark black marks we all get right after the floor is cleaned!
24. Dry Erase Boards:
Use a damp rag and clean the boards like new. You know we all have those boards and now the dry eraser markers are dried onto them!
25. Nail Fungus:
Soak your feet or hands in equal amounts of water and rubbing alcohol-hopefully you never have a nail fungus, but if you do, this might work for you.
The great thing about rubbing alcohol is it is fairly inexpensive, so grab a few bottles and put them in your emergency or first aid cupboard. Let’s be prepared for the unexpected….
Here is a great website to look at to gain emergency preparedness information in different areas: Centers For Disease Control And Prevention