ways to use rubbing alcohol


Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol is a liquid made for topical application and known for its cleaning and disinfecting properties. It’s often shoved to the back of the shelf. It usually gets pulled out as a first-aid item for minor cuts and scrapes.

Here are a few ways to use Rubbing Alcohol.

Gel Pack:

This is great for small bumps or bruises. Mix three parts water and one part rubbing alcohol in a freezer bag. Seal and encase it in a second freezer bag. Place it in the freezer. The more alcohol you use, the softer the pack will be. Wrap with a cloth before applying to skin. Can also use: 1 quart size Ziploc Freezer bag, 1 9 oz bottle Dawn dish soap, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

Dissolve windshield frost:

Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spritz the glass. Then wipe it away.

Silk flower cleaner:

Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 water, 1/2 rubbing alcohol, spray on, and let air dry! Gets rid of dust.


Make a spray of rubbing alcohol and distilled water, and you spray it onto a soft cloth and then gently wipe the screen. Never spray directly onto any electronic equipment, and only use distilled water in the solution.

Make up brush cleaner:

1 cup of distilled water 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol 1 Tablespoon of shampoo. Swish brushes, rinse and dry.

Window cleaner:

Make your own cleaner at home. Pour into your spray bottle with a funnel.

1/4 cup (rubbing) alcohol
1 teaspoon dish soap (I use Dawn)
2 cups water
1 teaspoon ammonia
blue food coloring (optional if desired)

The alcohol really helps it evaporate and gives you streak free windows and mirrors! It works on chrome faucets, too.”



Extend Life of Wiper Blades:

When your blades are not cleaning the windows completely, if you take a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol and wipe the blades down, you can make them “new” again. This works most times but not always. This doesn’t work for blades that are cracked and split and falling off. You gotta replace those. Sorry.

Jewelry cleaner:

If you need to clean deposits off your jewelry, let it soak in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes and clean with a cloth.  According to Zales, Use on metals. For mountings, you can use rubbing alcohol to dissolve some of the stickier grime. However, don’t use alcohol on any kind of pearl jewelry. Soap and water and a soft brush will take care of most of your cleaning needs. Make sure the brush is VERY soft when used on metal, especially gold, which can be scratched relatively easily. Use a soft cloth that won’t leave fuzz or threads behind to dry and buff your jewelry once it’s cleaned.

Clean a flat screen:

Use a microfiber cloth. Flannel works well, too. Dampen the cloth with either water or water diluted with vinegar or isopropyl alcohol.
To prevent damage, don’t press hard or spray product directly on the screen.

Treat house plants:

To treat houseplants that have spider mites or white flies, spray with a solution of four parts water to three parts rubbing alcohol and add a squirt of dishwashing liquid.

Clean eyeglasses:

Mix 8 ounces ammonia with 32 ounces rubbing alcohol.

Bathroom mirror:

When you are spraying hair spray, some of it inevitably winds up on the mirror. A quick wipe with rubbing alcohol will whisk away that sticky residue and leave your mirror clean again.

Remove latex paint from clothes:

You can saturate the spot with rubbing alcohol, rinse and launder as usual.

Water color pillows:


Remove ink stains:

Ink stains from a pen can be removed by applying alcohol and rubbing between the hands as though washing it. Apply alcohol about a dozen times and the spot will be gone. Can use hairspray, too. Rubbing alcohol works to remove permanent marker, too.

Glass ornaments:




Stop itching:

Apply a dab of rubbing alcohol on mosquito bites or poison ivy.

Remove adhesive labels:

Soak a washcloth with rubbing alcohol and let that set on the decals or label. You’ll need only a small edge to lift, and you can grab it and pull it off. The remaining adhesive can be removed with more rubbing alcohol and a nylon scrubber if needed. Rubbing alcohol will also work two remove the sticky residue left on your skin from surgical tape.

Galaxy Print Sneakers:


Fabric Freshener:

Freshen carpets, furniture or clothing.

1 pint (16 ounces) water
2 tablespoons liquid fabric softener
2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol

Mix in a spray bottle. Test on inconspicuous part of fabric.

Nail art:


Clean dry erase boards:

Rubbing alcohol cuts through all the marker buildup on your whiteboard. Pour a little on a paper towel, and wipe.


Helps heal and clean the ears after being pierced.

Hand Sanitizer:

Mix together 3 parts rubbing alcohol and 1 part aloe vera gel.

Fix a broken eye shadow:

Fill an empty spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, then spray your eyeshadow with the alcohol. Smooth out the moistened eye shadow with your finger. Then wait a few hours for the shadow to harden completely, and it will be together again.

Stainless Steel Appliances:

Wipe down your stainless steel appliances with a non-scratching soft cloth and they shine like new

Disinfect your computer mouse:

With a lightly sprayed soft non-scratching rag of rubbing alcohol. Can do the same with your keyboard and phone, too.

Reed diffuser refill:

Add 1/4 cup carrier oil (almond, safflower or mineral), 12 drops essential oil, and a splash of rubbing alcohol.