10 Household Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing Alcohol: A Miracle Cleaner

Just about everyone has a bottle of in the medicine cabinet. You need it for its antiseptic properties, but you can use it lots of other ways. It's time to put that bottle to work. Here are 10 household uses for rubbing alcohol that ​are sure to come in handy.

Remove Permanent Marker

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Permanent marker isn't as permanent as the name suggests. Use rubbing alcohol to remove it from hard surfaces like countertops, plastic, and a myriad of other places. Just dab it on the spot and wipe clean. This is a great tip to keep in mind when you come across a yard sale find that someone has put their name on. More

Make Your Own Ice Packs

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Save some money by making your own ice packs. All you need is rubbing alcohol and water. More

Clean Mirrors

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Bathroom mirrors have a way of collecting build-up of hairspray and splashes of toothpaste. Just spray the mirror with rubbing alcohol and wipe it clean. It'll take off all the gunk and leave you with a streak-free shine. You can also use rubbing alcohol to remove hairspray from your bathroom sink, floor, hairbrushes, and any other styling tools.

Remove Water Spots and Fingerprints

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Rid faucets and stainless steel sinks of water spots by wiping them down with rubbing alcohol. If you have stainless steel appliances, you can also use it to remove fingerprints and smudges. More

Keep Car Windows Frost-Free

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Scraping frost off your windshield is one of the biggest irritants of winter in a cold climate. Rubbing alcohol can keep the frost away. Just mix 1 part rubbing alcohol together with 8 parts water and apply the solution to your car windows to prevent frost from forming on them. To maintain effectiveness, repeat the process each time you wash your car and after heavy rainstorms. More

Remove Grime

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Wipe cellphones, computer keyboards, and other high-use gadgets down with a rag that's been lightly moistened with rubbing alcohol to remove all that built-up dirt and grime from the keys and to keep germs to a minimum.

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

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Using hand sanitizer is an all-around good idea. Learn how to make it at home with rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel so you won't have to run to the store for a replacement bottle the next time you run out. More

Degrease Your Kitchen

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Tackle that grease build up on your stove, countertops, and cabinets by wiping them down with a sponge or rag that's been soaked in rubbing alcohol. It's quick, easy, and effective. More

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Freshen the air in your home with an all-natural room spray that you made yourself. Start with rubbing alcohol and add any fragrance you like.

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Combine rubbing alcohol with water and vinegar, and you'll have a glass cleaner that performs just as well as anything you can buy at the store.