Are you enjoying this series as much as I am? Week after week I’m more and more amazed at what these common household products can do. There are just so many uses that I never imaged, it makes me miss my grandma’s household tips journal that much more.
Why wasn’t I ever taught all of these valuable tips? I think over the years, as our mother’s and grandmother’s joined the work force, they didn’t have time or just overlooked some of these home remedies and tricks. I think it’s our responsibility to pass these tips and tricks on to our children. Many of the unusual uses that I list every week are ones that have been handed down in our family. However, I have added some additional uses to help make the list as complete as possible. If you have any tips and tricks that aren’t mentioned please leave me a comment and I will add it to the post.
This weeks WWII post for Rubbing Alcohol contains 35 uses. I rarely use the stuff, but I always have it in the medicine cabinet just in case. After creating this list I’m sure that it will become a regular purchase.
35 Unusual Uses for Rubbing Alcohol
1. Sterilizer – use it to sterilize items such as thermometers
2. Nail Fungus – soak feet in equal parts water and alcohol.
3. Muscles – rub on sore muscles to relieve pain.
4. Joints – rub on sore joints to relieve pain.
5. Ear Wax Removal – dab equal parts alcohol and vinegar into ear, repeat every other week.
6. Swimmers Ear – pour a little into the ear, the alcohol helps to evaporate the water and prevent an infection.
7. Athlete’s Feet – rub on feet daily to avoid.
8. Hand Sanitizer – mix together 3 parts rubbing alcohol and 1 part aloe vera gel.
9. Ticks – to remove, dab with rubbing alcohol, then grab with a pair of tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Wipe the area with alcohol to disinfect.
10. Mosquito Bites – to relieve itching and aid in healing, dab rubbing alcohol on the bites.
11. Cold Sores – to heal, dab alcohol on the sore.
12. Window Cleaner – to make your own, mix 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 tablespoons ammonia, 3 1/2 cups water and a drop of dish soap.
13. Hairspray – to remove from mirrors and countertops, spray the area with alcohol and wipe to a sparkle.
14. Windshield – to remove frost, fill a spray bottle with alcohol and spray on windshield.
15. Paint, Ink & Marker Stains – to remove, soak the spot for a few minutes before washing.
16. Permanent Marker – to remove from hard surfaces, saturate the area and wipe away.
17. Makeup Brushes – to sanitize, soak brushes in alcohol for 30 minutes and allow them to air dry. Repeat every couple of weeks.
18. Ring Around the Collar – to prevent, wipe some rubbing alcohol on your neck before dressing.
19. Stainless Steel Cleaner – rubbing alcohol will remove fingerprints and smudges. It will also leave a nice shine.
20. Degreaser – rubbing alcohol can be used to remove grease on appliances, countertops, cabinets.
21. Carpet – to remove grease, apply rubbing alcohol to a rag and lightly rub the stain.
22. Electronics – to clean, wipe with a rag dampened with rubbing alcohol.
23. Eyeglasses – to clean, lightly spray glasses with rubbing alcohol and wipe away with a soft cloth.
24. Jewelry – to clean, soak jewelry in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes, remove and polish with a soft, clean cloth.
25. Fruit Flies – to kill, spray the flies with a fine mist of rubbing alcohol.
26. Dust Mites/Bed Bugs – to kill, spray a light mist of rubbing alcohol on bed, allow to dry and vacuum.
27. Air Freshener – to make your own, mix 1 cup rubbing alcohol with 10-15 drops of essential oil.
28. Sticky Residue – to remove, soak the area for a few minutes in rubbing alcohol before wiping it away.
29. Ice Pack – to make your own, pour 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a freezer bag and freeze.
30. Nail Polish – to remove, try using a little rubbing alcohol when you’re in a pinch.
31. Candles – to clean, use a damp rag to wipe away dust and grime.
32. Dry Erase Board – to clean, wipe with a rag that has been dampened with rubbing alcohol.
33. Shoes – to stretch, apply a thin coat of rubbing alcohol to the interior and exterior of the shoes, then place on your feet or a shoe stretcher.
34. Hands – to remove odors, rinse hands with rubbing alcohol.
35. Shoes – to remove odors, spray shoes with rubbing alcohol and place in a sunny spot to dry.
** If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please contact me. The notebook is a small (approx 6×9), black, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes, tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.