Rubbing alcohol is a multi-purpose tool that can be used throughout your home to disinfect, sanitize, and clean. Here are 18 rubbing alcohol uses that will blow your mind.
We always have rubbing alcohol on hand for first aid purposes in our home. But, until now, I had no idea just how useful it could be. These new projects and ideas will help you use this medicine cabinet staple in so many creative and fun ways.
Where to Find Rubbing Alcohol?
Rubbing alcohol is hard to come by right now in the aftermath of COVID-19. However, it is still being made and produced—you may just have to work a bit harder to find it.
Try contacting your local store and ask when they will get the next shipment in. The store may be willing to set some aside for you as well.
You can also check online for rubbing alcohol.
Rubbing Alcohol Safety
Rubbing alcohol is not meant to be consumed. In fact, if you drink rubbing alcohol, it can be extremely poisonous.
This kind of alcohol is made from isopropyl, which is different than what you find in alcoholic beverages. Not only is isopropyl toxic to consume, but it also has toxic vapors.
When using rubbing alcohol with children, you should be extremely cautious. This is not a tool for them to use without supervision!
Rubbing alcohol also is flamable, so don’t do any of these fun projects near an open flame such as a candle.
Rubbing Alchol Uses
From removing stains to making your own hand sanitizer, eyeglasses cleaner and more, here are 18 rubbing alcohol uses that you may not have seen before.
Tie Dye Clothing
Want to completely WOW your kids?? Rubbing alcohol combines with a couple other household supplies can create the coolest tie-dye effects on just about anything!
Make a DIY Air Freshener
Make your own diy air freshener using your favorite essential oils.
via Kids Activities Blog
Make A Car De-Icer
Get prepared for the winter months by making a 2-ingredient car de-icer that works in seconds.
via Mom 4 Real
This is one of my favorite rubbing alcohol uses! You can use rubbing alcohol to remove labels from any jar. Instant containers to organize everything in your house!
via Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Clean Microfiber Furniture
Spot-clean microfiber furniture with some rubbing alcohol and a brush. You’ll still want to remove the covers where you can to put them in the wash. I recommend testing this out in an inconspicuous location before doing it somewhere noticable, however.
via The Creek Line House
Make a DIY Ice Pack
This is a super useful rubbing alcohol hack! Make a flexible ice pack by filling a baggie with water and rubbing alcohol.
via Today’s Creative Life
Marble Your Nail Polish
Get a marbled nail look with sharpies and a dab of rubbing alcohol. Works best after you paint your nails white.
via Pimp My Nails
Level Up Artwork
If you’re hunkered down with kids, try busting out the colored pencils. Show them how you can blend colored pencil in your (or your child’s) drawings.
via Empty Easel
Clean and Sanitize Your Sink
Use it to get your sink super clean and shiny. This is one of the best rubbing alcohol uses in the kitchen!
via The Creek Line house
Clean Stainless Steel
Similarly, you can remove spots from stainless steel with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Trying this on my refrigerator soon!
via Elle Decor
Remove Paint From Clothing
Get acrylic paint out of your clothes. This works best when the paint is still wet. Timing matters!
Fix Broken Makeup
Yes! One brilliant way to use rubbing alcohol is to fix broken makeup. Who knew rubbing alcohol could do that?
via Free People Blog
You know those cool glass bottles you’ve been hanging onto in your garage? Grab some rubbing alcohol and make cloudy glass clear again!
via Ask Anna
Clean Dry Erase Board
Get lingering marks off your dry erase board once and for all.
via Coupon Closet
Make Your Own Washer Fluid
Add a cup to your DIY washer fluid to prevent freezing in the winter.
via One Good Thing by Jillee
DIY Hand Sanitizer
Make your own hand sanitizer. Use the rubbing alcohol in place of witch hazel in this recipe.
via Live Simply
Get Nail Polish Out From Carpet
Yes, you can use rubbing alcohol to remove nail polish from carpet. Remember to do a spot test in an inconspicuous area first in case your carpet is dyed.
via Just Between Friends
DIY Eyeglass Cleaner
Make your own eyeglass cleaner in a pinch. You might even already have all the ingredients at home!
via Hello Natural
Rubbing Alcohol Uses: Senosry Play
Make your own colored beans for sensory play. I love this idea!
via Kids Activities Blog
Rubbing Alcohol Uses for the Whole Family
This is just a small sample of all the things that rubbing alcohol can do. It can be a valuable tool to keep stocked in your pantry for so many reasons. Isn’t it amazing!