25 Hacks For Using Rubbing Alcohol You Never Knew About

By Psquared - May 14, 2019

When you hear “alcohol” your mind probably goes to drinks. Hundreds upon hundreds of different alcoholic beverages including beers, wines, vodkas, etc that can be used to liven up parties and get togethers. But as helpful as drinking alcohol can be to have a good time, rubbing alcohol is even more useful for tons of purposes. And no, you can’t drink rubbing alcohol. Don’t try. They actually add bitterants to it in order to ensure that doesn’t happen.

But you don’t need to drink it in order to appreciate it. Rubbing alcohol is even more magical that its digestible counterpart. It’s a miracle liquid that can be appreciated by everyone, even those who are too young to drink and those that are sober. We’ve collected 25 hacks for rubbing alcohol that you never knew about. So make sure that you always have a bottle or three handy, and get ready to improve many aspects of your life.

Keeps Your Windows Frost-Free


The winter is brutal not just because the low temperatures make you shiver. The weather wreaks havoc on your commute.

When you wake up in the morning, ready to go to work, your windshield might be covered in a thick layer of frost, and you have to scrape it off manually.

Or, you can spray a little rubbing alcohol onto a frozen car window and it will defrost it in no time. The very low temperatures required to freeze alcohol makes it the perfect choice for removing window frost in the morning.

Prevents Ring Around the Collar


You want to look your best when you go out, and especially when you are going to work.

Sadly, over time, your favorite shirts will develop a ring around the collar. Is there any way to prevent this? You know there is… with rubbing alcohol!

Wiping your neck with rubbing alcohol before getting dressed in the morning is a great way to prevent stains on your shirt collar. The alcohol is great at removing the oils, dirt and sweat that cause the staining.

Cleans Dry Erase Boards


Dry erase boards are more wonderful than some of you younger readers will ever realize.

Back in the day, all we had were blackboards, which used chalk. This was a nightmare as the dust would get on everything and cause you to sneeze.

Dry erase boards are great, but cleaning them can be rough. At least, if you don’t have rubbing alcohol, which is a cheap alternative to dry erase board cleaners and works just as well. Just spray and wipe with a paper towel or cloth.

Removes Stinky Smells


Pro: when you work out, you gain innumerable benefits to your health and you feel better, physically and mentally.

Con: when you work out, you sweat, which leaves you and your clothes stinking to high heaven, and these odors can be difficult to remove.

You know what the solution is. Spray stinky shoes or other smelly items with some rubbing alcohol, and let them dry in a sunny spot to get rid of the smell. It’s as easy as that!

Cleans Carpet


A home with carpet has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s soft and feels comfortable on your bare feet.

However, if you spill something, cleaning it is much more difficult. Carpet has a way of gaining stains, and removing them can be a huge pain.

But yet again, rubbing alcohol is the miracle worker you need here. It’s great for removing grease stains from carpet. Apply the rubbing alcohol to a clean rag and lightly scrub the stained area. It’ll come out in no time.

Stretches Shoes


Getting a fresh pair of shoes can be quite the thrill. It’s something new and exciting.

However, that thrill quickly fades when you first put them on and realize they need to be broken in. This process can take a while.

However, it can be drastically sped up with some rubbing alcohol. Simply spray a thin coat of it on your shoes and inside on the soles. Then put some thick socks on and put your shoes on to stretch them out.

Cleans Keyboards


Computers are a huge part of our lives. Whether for business at work or leisure at home, we’re using keyboards constantly.

This constant use can leave your keyboards pretty dirty and grimy. If you don’t believe that, take a closer look. Yeah… gross, right? You can clean them up pretty easily, though.

You can clean the surfaces of your desktop and laptop keyboards using rubbing alcohol. Apply the rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball or Q-tip, and run it across the keyboard’s surface.

Disinfects Eyeglasses


Thank goodness for eyeglasses. They help us see with clarity when our eyes aren’t the best.

But like with keyboards, anything that is used constantly throughout the day can get filthy. That’s especially alarming when it’s something that we wear on our faces.

You don’t need to scrub your glasses with soap and water. That’s actually a bit dangerous, as it can leave scrapes and scratches. Instead, try rubbing your glasses down with some rubbing alcohol to disinfect them.

Cleans Microfiber Furniture


Microfiber furniture is insanely comfortable, isn’t it? It’s the best. It’s because it’s so soft and absorbent.

However, this absorbency can not only lead to a soft surface you sink into, but one that acts like a sponge for smells. And these odors can be difficult to remove.

Here’s what you can do in this situation: mix a cup of rubbing alcohol and 10 to 15 drops of essential oil. Pour in a spray bottle and enjoy your homemade air freshener.

Removes Nail Polish


When you think of treating yourself, one of the first things that come to mind might be getting a manicure.

At the end of them, they might do up your nails with some nail polish. This can make you feel fancy and good about yourself… until it starts to peel and you need to remove it. Ugh.

There are a lot of nail polish removers out there, but a lot of them are filled with various chemicals that might damage your nail beds. Instead, use some cotton balls and alcohol to get rid of them and keep your nails healthy!

Cleans Your Skin


Rubbing alcohol isn’t just great for cleaning your clothes and your furniture. You can also use it to clean yourself.

And we don’t mean in terms of removing paint after an art project. Some daily use of rubbing alcohol can do wonders for your complexion.

Rubbing alcohol has a lot of great properties to keep your skin clean. It can be soothing and has anti-inflammatory properties that are great for your skin! Use this instead of chemicals like benzyl peroxide.

Sanitizes Makeup Brushes


Speaking of your complexion, makeup is great for making you look better, but it can be murder on your skin.

You need to make sure to wash your face thoroughly each night and remove the makeup (rubbing alcohol is fantastic for this). But you also need to clean your makeup brushes themselves.

Bacteria collects on them, and if they’re not sanitized regularly, you’re just brushing that right onto your cheeks, chin and forehead. Soak your makeup brushes in alcohol for 30 minutes, and let them air dry. You should do this at least once a month.

Removes Stickers


We have a lot to be grateful for when it comes to modern conveniences, don’t we?

Computers, indoor plumbing, air conditioning and all sorts of other inventions are amazing, and we should all thank the people responsible for bringing them into our lives.

However, some inventions are the worst. Whoever invented stickers that leave all that gunky residue needs to answer for their crimes. There’s a solution, though.You can soak the area with some alcohol for a few minutes. You should then be able to wipe away the residue easily.

Use in Ice Packs


Alcohol as a drink can be used to have a lot of fun at parties. We don’t have to tell you this.

However, if you have too much fun with drinking alcohol, it can leave you miserable the next day. We don’t have to tell you this, either.

Alcohol can be your tormentor and savior at the same time. Alcohol freezes at a very low temperature, so this is perfect if you need an ice pack to nurse a hangover or any other reason. To prepare a slushy solution, use alcohol and water in a ratio of one to two, and freeze it in a sealable pack. You can even add lemon to give it a fresh scent.

Sanitizes Your Hands


Hand sanitizers like Purell are a great way to quickly kill germs while you’re out and about or on the go.

They can be a bit expensive though. One way to save money is by making your own at home. It’s easier than you think, and as you’d expect, rubbing alcohol is your friend.

Mix three parts of rubbing alcohol and one part of aloe vera gel. You can even add some essential oils if you want it to be scented.

Helps With Skin Irritation


Shaving is a reality of our lives whether you are a man trying to keep your beard under control or a woman trying to keep their legs from getting too shaggy.

But shaving can lead to some seriously irritated skin. No matter how careful you are, you always wind up with some razor burn. And it sucks.

You can easily avoid this irritation by rubbing alcohol onto areas that are irritated after shaving armpits and bikini lines!

Helps Heal Cold Sores


Many of us get cold sores. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s hard not feeling embarrassed when one pops up.

There are dozens of medications and over the counter ointments that claim to be able to clear them up, and they can be pretty pricey.

But you don’t need any of them. You just need items you already have at home. You can dry out your cold sore and help it to heal faster by rubbing an alcohol-soaked cotton ball on it.

Treats Head Lice


If your child has head lice, they have to be taken out of school until the condition is treated.

But how do you treat it? Do you need a doctor or expensive medication to ensure they don’t spread to those around them?

Nope! Simply pour some rubbing alcohol on their hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. You can also dip a comb in alcohol and comb it through the hair following the initial treatment to eradicate all those little pests.

Cleans Your Mirrors


Are you beginning to be a true believer in all the uses that you can get out of rubbing alcohol?

If not… what? How?! Will nothing impress you? You need to take a long look at yourself in the mirror if so. And if that mirror is dirty, rubbing alcohol can help.

Easily remove hair spray residue from a mirror using rubbing alcohol. Simply apply alcohol to a clean rag or spray it directly on the mirror’s surface before wiping up. Are you impressed yet?

Cleans Your Blinds

You don’t need a maid or butler to ensure that you and your home are clean. You just need some rubbing alcohol.

But what about those tough to clean spots? The space between your blinds is a pain to get to, and collect dust like crazy. Here’s what you do:

Clean your Venetian or vertical blinds by wrapping a cloth around a spatula or other flat tool and securing them with a rubber band. Then simply apply alcohol and run the makeshift tool over your blinds to clean them.

Removes Ear Wax


All of these uses for rubbing alcohol can save you a lot of time and money.

It’s enough to make you want to jump up and cheer. But if you have a hard time hearing yourself cheer, it might be because you have too much ear wax in there.

Mix equal parts of rubbing alcohol and vinegar, and dip your cotton swab in it. Use it to clean out your ear and dissolve the wax. Now you can cheer even louder and hear it this time!

Fixes Broken Makeup


Makeup can be expensive. You need it to look your best when you go out, so you deal with the cost.

But sometimes, the makeup breaks. How can this happen? Do you have to throw it all away now? Nope! Just grab that miracle liquid and get to fixing.

Pour some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle, and spray it over your broken eye shadow, blush or pressed powder. Smooth it over with your finger, a spoon or anything else you think will work, and let it dry and harden over few hours.

Cleans (Some) Jewelry


Your jewelry is valuable. Sometimes because it’s so expensive, and sometimes because it has emotional or sentimental value.

In either case, when you wear it a lot, it can get a bit dull or dirty. You can clean it easily, and we think by now you know how.

Restore the luster to your jewelry by soaking it in rubbing alcohol before cleaning. Place the jewelry in the alcohol for just a few minutes before cleaning it with a clean cloth. Make sure to look up the type of jewelry it is and if this is the safest method, however. It’s valuable, after all, so you can’t be too careful.

Kills Bed Bugs


We’ve seen that rubbing alcohol can kill head lice. That’s not the only insect pest it can rid you of.

If you’ve ever had bed bugs, you know how annoying these little demons can be. If they show up, get rid of them as quickly and completely as possible.

Spray a mist of rubbing alcohol over your bed or anywhere else you have dust mites or bed bugs. Let the mist air dry, and then vacuum it up. Problem solved.

Repels Fruit Flies


Finally, we’ll leave you with one final amazing use for rubbing alcohol, and this also involves killing pests.

Fruit flies have a way of congregating together in large numbers, and when it’s in your home, it can get annoying and disgusting in a hurry.

Get rid of them by spraying a mist of rubbing alcohol in the area where you find these fruit flies. This will not only kill them, but it will also prevent them from coming back.