How To Clean & Sterilize Your Home Fast with These 25 Amazing Rubbing Alcohol Cleaning Hacks
Most would think that rubbing alcohol belongs in the first aid kit and is used for disinfecting hands only.
Rubbing alcohol is a versatile product that can be used for household cleaning, sanitize your home, to make ice packs and more!
In this article, i'm going to show you the 25 ways to use rubbing alcohol to clean your entire home.
Let's get started!
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1. Lift Permanent Marker Stain
If you ever get permanent market on something by accident, try using rubbing alcohol to remove the stray marks.
Soak the stained area with alcohol while rubbing consistently with a cleaning rag and wipe the area.
When it comes to market stains, the sooner you tackle it, the easier it is to remove.
2. Prevents Streaking
Most cleaning products out there will leave streak marks on your furniture and windows when you wipe them down.
Even vinegar cleaning spray and drying with newspaper will not get you the satisfying streak free mirror.
You may also use this spray on your sofa, stainless steel appliance, shower glass and most surfaces except for permeable materials like quarts and granite.
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3. Make Ice Packs
Whenever your little one bumped his/her knee while playing outdoors, a DIY ice pack made with rubbing alcohol would come in handy!
But why rubbing alcohol? Rubbing alcohol prevents water from freezing completely.
Which makes the ice pack feel like gel and is a more comfortable way to apply to the boo boo too!
Homemade Gel Ice Pack Recipe:
- 1 quart plastic freezer bag
- 2 cup of water
- 1 cup of rubbing alcohol (70%)
- Food Coloring (optional)
- Fill the plastic freezer bag with 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 2 cups of water.
- Try to get as much air out of the freezer bag before sealing it shut.
- Place the bag and its contents inside a second freezer bag to contain any leakage.
- Leave the bag in the freezer for at least an hour.
- When it's ready, place a towel between the gel pack and bare skin to avoid burning the skin.
4. Remove Grease
Do you find it hard to remove hardened grease or sauce on your stove top, oven hood or back splash?
Just dampen a lint free cloth with rubbing alcohol to remove the grease.
Rubbing alcohol are very effective at cutting through grease and grime.
If you want the full guide to cleaning your stove, click here to see the complete tutorial.
5. Clean Window Blinds
Cleaning the window blinds will become a piece of cake when you clean with rubbing alcohol.
Grab an old sock and wear it on one hand, spray the window binds with rubbing alcohol and wipe the blinds with the socks.
6. Reuse Candle Jar
If your favorite jarred candle still smells great but has black marks on the glass, then, you may use rubbing alcohol to make them display worthy again.
Dampen a rag with rubbing alcohol and wipe the affected area and those unsightly soot marks will disappear.
7. Defrost Your Windshield
If during the winter, you need to start your car and drive somewhere as soon as possible, this hack is perfect for you.
This helps to remove the ice quicker so you can start driving as soon as possible.
8. Prevent Frost Buildup On Windshield
If you park your car outdoor and you know that the cold weather is rolling in, spray your windshield with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water (1 part alcohol to 4 part water).
Spray this mixture to clean your windshield and this will help prevent frost from sticking to your windshield.
To make a streak free window cleaning spray, combine equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water into a spray bottle.
9. Wipe Car Interior
Overtime, bacteria, dirt and grease gets into your car, especially if you work as a driver and lots of people have gotten into your car.
Combine 1 part rubbing alcohol with 1 part water and spray your car seat down just a little.
You'll almost immediately notice the difference, your car smell better and feels cleaner.
Do this while waiting in the car and at least once a week depending on how often you drive.
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10. Insect Killing Spray
Instead of spraying toxic and chemical rich solution all over your house, use a rubbing alcohol spray.
If you see a spiders, ants or any pest in your home, spray them with rubbing alcohol and they will be dead in no time.
Safe, no smell and effective!
11. Eliminate Water Spots
After cleaning your sink, spray rubbing alcohol all over your sink and wipe it down with a cleaning cloth.
You'll notice the water spots fading as you wipe and you stainless steel sink will look shiny again.
Use it on your stainless steel fridge door to get rid of greasy fingerprints.
12. Eliminate Odor In Shoes
Is you shoe starting to smell bad? Kill the smell causing bacteria and freshen your shoes by spraying with rubbing alcohol.
Spray the insides of your shoe with rubbing alcohol, then, leave them outside in a sunny location to dry.
The odor will be gone and you don't have to worry about smelly feet!
13. Hand Sanitizer For Dry Skin
If you have dry hands, then this hand sanitizer recipe is for you.
Combine 1 part rubbing alcohol, 2 part Aloe Vera gel a tsp of almond oil into a dispenser.
Use it on the go and not have to worry about your hands becoming too dry.
14. Clean Your Jewelries
If your necklace, bracelets, ring and other jewelry have lost their luster, soaking them in rubbing alcohol will help.
Soak for about 5 minutes, wipe them off with a lint free cloth afterward to give your jewelries a super shine.
15. Disinfect Your Home
You can use rubbing alcohol to disinfect just about anything at home.
Spray onto toilet seat and wipe down with a paper towel to eliminate bacteria.
Perfect for door nobs
And disinfecting your counter top.
16. Clean Make Up Brushes
You can harness alcohol’s disinfectant properties to get gunk and dirt out of your makeup brushes.
Pour some rubbing alcohol into a small cup and dip your makeup brush into the cup, swirl it around and it let soak for a couple of minutes.
Rinse the brush with lukewarm water and lay flat on a towel to dry.
17. Refresh Sponges & Cleaning Supplies
Soaking sponges and wiping cloths in rubbing alcohol for 10 minutes can help to disinfect them so they’re ready for use again.
For quick cleaning of your previously unwashed cleaning tools, spray them with rubbing alcohol before use.
A money saving hack so you don't have to throw your sponge away when it gets dirty.
18. Eliminate Scuff Marks
Have you been staring at those scuff marks on the tile floor and wondered how you can remove them?
Dip a paper towel into some rubbing alcohol and rub those scuff marks away!
19. Disinfecting Keyboards & Mouse
Use a damp alcohol-soaked microfiber cloth or an alcohol-soaked cotton swab or to wipe your computer’s keyboard and mouse.
A higher 90% rubbing alcohol will evaporate faster, making it a better disinfecting agent for electronics
20. Prevent Ring Around The Collar
Wiping your neck with rubbing alcohol soaked cotton before getting dressed in the morning.
To remove ring around the collar, dampen a cleaning cloth with rubbing alcohol and rub the collar to remove the ring
21. Remove Hairspray From Bathroom
Sticky hairspray can cloud up your mirror and bathroom tiles.
Spray rubbing alcohol onto mirror or tiles directly and wipe down with a microfiber cloth.
Rubbing alcohol will dissolve the sticky gunk and give you crystal clear surface.
22. Remove Stickers
If your little one went a little overboard with the stickers, saturate the sticker with rubbing alcohol.
Wait 10 minutes and you should be able to more easily wipe the sticker away.
23. Remove Nail Polish
In case you ran out of nail polish remover, you can use soak your fingernails in a small bowl of rubbing alcohol to remove the nail polish.
24. Chrome Cleaning
As mentioned earlier in point #2, rubbing alcohol leaves no streaks behind, making them the perfect cleaning agent for chrome.
Pour the alcohol on a soft cloth and clean. You don’t have to follow up with water to rinse because the alcohol will evaporate.
Use it on chrome faucet, car door handle, cabinet handle or any chrome surfaces to make them look shiny.
25. Remove Onion Smell
Does your hands smell of onion and garlic after preparing the ingredients?
To get rid of that ever so potent smell your hands, rub on some rubbing alcohol and the smell will be gone.
Ensure that you do not have any open wound when doing this, excessive alcohol applied directly onto wounds can cause damage rather than heal.
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Just place the mop head into the wringer, step on the pedal until you get the desired moisture before mopping.
It's special microfiber cloth is great at picking up everything on the floor so pebbles, pet hair and dirt are not a problem.
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