All-purpose cleaners are a lifesaver when it comes to saving time during your cleaning routine. But you don’t have to resort to using harsh chemicals to get your home clean. These chemicals linger long after you’ve cleaned, slowly poisoning your family. Even some of the product label “green” or “natural” contain questionable ingredients. Many simple ingredients you have at home have multiple uses too. Ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil, vinegar, lemon, and even rubbing alcohol are incredibly multipurpose when it comes to household and beauty uses.
What Is Rubbing Alcohol?
Rubbing alcohol consists of isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol in water. It contains denatured alcohol, water, and agents that make it taste awful (1).
That’s because ingesting rubbing alcohol can cause blindness in tiny doses and even death in slightly large amounts (2). In fact, the body metabolizes isopropyl alcohol it into acetone. This substance causes headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, central nervous system depression, organ damage and, potentially, coma or death. Hence, it goes without saying that isopropyl alcohol should never be swallowed and should never come into contact with your eyes.
Rubbing alcohol is flammable, so it should always be stored safely.
Why You Should Always Have Alcohol At Home
Rubbing alcohol is first and foremost a disinfecting agent. It’s most often found in first aid kits to treat minor wounds and prevent infection. Actually, it’s a great first resort when a mild infection starts to set in.
Rubbing alcohol can be found in any pharmacy as well as most grocery stores and corner stores.
But alcohol should be taken out of the first aid kit once in a while since it has countless other uses.
27 Household Rubbing Alcohol Uses
Bet you didn’t know there were so many things you can do with rubbing alcohol! Make sure to purchase 70% isopropyl alcohol to make all of the remedies below.
1. Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small little critters that can be hard to spot to the naked eye. They usually live in second-hand furniture, clothing and in homes and hotel rooms. Active at night, the bugs scurry off into mattresses, headboards, and bed frames. While they are annoying, bed bugs don’t carry diseases. However, they do cause itchy welts similar to mosquito bites (3).
Bedbugs can be killed by regularly cleaning your sheets, mattress, headboard, and the area around your bed. In extreme cases, a full-scale extermination may be necessary (4).
To wipe them out naturally:
- Mix rubbing alcohol and water in a 1-1 ratio into a spray bottle.
- Spray a light mist on your mattress and pillows, allow to dry, and vacuum. Wash your bedding in hot water and dry on high heat for at least 30 minutes.
- You should also use the mixture to wipe down your bed frame, headboard, baseboards, and surrounding furniture.
- Since it’s not a good idea to inhale large amounts of the alcohol, open your window to air out the room before going to sleep.
2. Skin Cleanser
- Soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol.
- Dab it on the affected area gently.
- Leave it on for 10 minutes.
- Rinse the affected area with lukewarm water. You can also follow up with aloe vera gel.
- Do this twice daily for a couple of days only.