Alternative Uses of Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol is popularly known as rubbing alcohol, and it has become somewhat pigeonholed due to that characterization. Sure, rubbing a sore muscle with it will provide not a little relief, but that’s not all that a 16 oz bottle of 70% isopropyl alcohol can do, whether it is for medical purposes or otherwise. For example, it can be used as a cleaning product/disinfectant for mirrors, faucets, counters, etc. it’s important to bear in mind that though the World Health Organization labels it as the gold standard against which all other skin disinfectants should be measured, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology only classifies it as a intermediate level disinfectant.
Sometimes you run out of a particular household item and don’t have a chance to run out and get more presently. Alcohol can be used instead of nail polish remover and in place of deodorant as well. If you’re fresh out of bug repellent, you can fill a fine-mist spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and use it to keep fruit flies away. In other cases, you can take something you already have and improve it with isopropyl alcohol. For instance, filling a zip lock bag with two parts water and one part alcohol and putting it into the freezer will result in a rubbing alcohol ice pack ready to be used at a moment’s notice. Apropos of insects, putting a bit of rubbing alcohol on mosquito bites and cold sores will dry out the area, reducing itchiness and abating the sore itself.
In addition, you can employ isopropyl alcohol to cleanse grease off kitchen appliances and utensils. Not only is alcohol more affordable than other products which are advertised for the same purpose, but it also dries immediately after, so you don’t have to rinse. Moreover, you can clean gardening tools that have come into contact with dead, diseased and rotten plants, lest harmful bacteria is transferred to healthy plants. In general, the use of alcohol can decrease both the number of contaminants and the amount of chemicals that are usually employed to clean the house.
Other alternative uses include removing stains, cleaning candles, and wiping out residue from band aids and price tags. There are a couple of ways in which you should never use rubbing alcohol, though. You shouldn’t use it to start fires (as in a barbeque, or fireplace); in fact, keep it away from fire and heat –and from children while you’re at it. By the way, never, ever imbibe isopropyl alcohol. Call a doctor is there is accidental or purposeful ingestion.