40 Amazing Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

40 Amazing Uses for Rubbing Alcohol


We’ve all got it, that bottle of rubbing alcohol in the medicine cabinet. Even the most inventive DIY types probably have a mere handful of uses for that bottle, be it rubbing on sore muscles or maybe treating a few odors around the house.

So I thought I would put together a full list of 40 ways to put that bottle of rubbing alcohol to work around your home! Read on to learn how to use rubbing alcohol on everything from bug bites to frosty windows, and even in arts and crafts!

Health Uses

Ticks – to make ticks loosen their grip, dab an attached tick with rubbing alcohol. Remove with tweezers as close to the skin as possible, then follow up again with alcohol.

Cold Sores – to promote healing, just dab alcohol on the sore.

Cold Sores

Muscles – rub on sore muscles to relieve pain.

Joints – yes, it works on painful joints as well!

Ear Wax Removal – mix alcohol and vinegar equally and dab into ear. Treat every 2 weeks.

Ear Wax

Sterilizer – use alcohol to sterilize items such as thermometers and tweezers.

Nail Fungus – mix equal parts alcohol and water and use as a simple and effective foot soak.

Swimmers Ear – by simply putting a few drops into the affected ear, the alcohol will help dry out the ear and prevent infections.

Athlete’s Feet – Treat and prevent this rash with a daily rub of alcohol.

Athlete’s Feet

Homemade Ice Pack – mix 1 part of rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a freezer bag and put in the freezer.

Mosquito Bites – to relieve itching, disinfect, and promote healing, simply dab on a little rubbing alcohol.

Mosquito Bites
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Cleaning and Home Uses

Electronics – dampen a rag and simply wipe your home electronics clean.

Hand Cleaner – rubbing alcohol is great for quickly killing germs and odors on hands.

Hand Gel – To make a quick and effective hand sanitizer gel, just combine 3 parts of rubbing alcohol with 1 part aloe vera gel.

hand sanitizer

Homemade Window Cleaner – combine 3 1/2 cups water, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 tablespoons ammonia, and a few drops of dish soap.

Hairspray – to remove spray build up from mirrors and countertops, spray the area with alcohol and wipe clean.

Paint & Ink Stains – soak spots with alcohol for a few minutes then wash.

Permanent Marker – It’s not so permanent… you can remove marker spots from hard surfaces by just soaking in alcohol and wiping.

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  1. Add a few drops of soap to the ice packs. It prevents anyone from thinking it is regular ice.

  2. You should NEVER put anything onto a tick ! it may cause it to regurgitate its stomach contents into whatebver it has bitten !! Always use a tick remover, they only cost a couple of quid !!”