Do you know what rubbing alcohol is? You probably have a bottle of the liquid at home. Rubbing alcohol is either isopropyl alcohol or ethanol-based liquid which is not drinkable. The liquid is commonly used as a powerful antiseptic, but it also has industry and household uses.
Besides being an antiseptic and disinfectant, here are other interesting uses of rubbing alcohol:
1. Freshens Up Your Sneakers
Odor coming from your sneakers and not even the washing machine helps? Try rubbing alcohol – simply dab the inside of your sneakers with a cotton pad or spray it in your shoes and leave them to dry overnight, preferably outside. They should be as good as new in the morning!
2. Eliminates Cold Sores
Rub a bit of the liquid on your cold sores to remove them without much effort.
3. Helps with Mosquito Bites
Going on a field trip or camping for the weekend and you don’t know what to do against the nagging mosquitoes? Take some rubbing alcohol with you and dab a bit on the affected area as soon as you’re bitten.
4. Helps You Remove Ticks
If you notice a tick burrowed in your skin, don’t reach for the tweezers yet. Keep them close by hand but dab a bit of rubbing alcohol on the affected area – the tick should emerge from the site soon and you can easily get it with your tweezers.
5. Treats Sore Muscles
Are your muscles sore after a workout? Massage them with a bit of the liquid and the pain should go away.
6. Removes Stubborn Stains
You don’t need to throw away your favorite shirt just because stains won’t come off it. Just mix a part of rubbing alcohol with two parts of water and spray the mixture on the stain. Leave it to soak for an hour or two and gives the piece of clothing a wash – it should come out as good as new!
7. Eliminates the Smell of Garlic
If your hands reek of garlic after lunch, rubbing a bit of the liquid on them should help remove the smell.