If you have a bottle of rubbing alcohol somewhere in your house, chances are high that you’re not fully utilizing its uses. For most of us, rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol is usually in the medicine cabinet and the only time we remove it is when we want to disinfect a wound. But did you know there are alternative uses for rubbing alcohol you’ve never heard of? Keep reading to find out more.

Instant Relief from Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes are a nuisance and can lead to sleepless nights, not forgetting their stinging bites which cause skin irritation. To help relieve the pain from a mosquito bite, simply rub or dab rubbing alcohol to the affected parts to reduce the itching.

Relief for Sore Muscles

Dabbing rubbing alcohol over joint aches and aching muscles can help with the swelling and reduce pain. Alcohol is a skin irritant and when applied to the skin, it increases blood flow to that particular area it’s applied to. As a result, alcohol enhances the healing of sore muscles.

It Makes a Great Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizers come in handy when you want to disinfect your hands quickly, without water. Commercially available hand sanitizers are full of chemicals and using the rubbing alcohol variant is natural and more hygienic. To make your own hand sanitizer, use the ingredients below:

  • A half teaspoon glycerin.
  • Aloe Vera gel (a quarter of a cup).
  • One tablespoon rubbing alcohol.
  • Essential oil of your choice.

Directions: In a bowl mix all the ingredients, and then add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil or cinnamon oil. Store the hand sanitizer in a dispenser bottle for ease of use.

As a Deodorant

Smelly armpits? Don’t freak. Rubbing alcohol is even more effective than your deodorant because it kills all the bacteria that cause body odor. It’s a quick fix if you’ve run out of deodorant. However, only use this as a temporary solution since long term use can harm the skin. To use rubbing alcohol as a deodorant, add 10 drops of lavender or tea tree oil (not all essential oils are safe) to a bottle spray with rubbing alcohol. Another trick of using rubbing alcohol is spraying the insides of your shoes and then drying them out in the sun. The rubbing alcohol and sunlight help to kill the bacteria that’s causing smelly shoes.

Stain Remover

Stressed about a stain that doesn’t seem to fade off? Rubbing alcohol is all you need. Simply mix one part rubbing alcohol and one-part water in a spray bottle and spray directly onto the stain. Let it sit for one minute and then wash normally. This miraculous solution gets rid of offending spills, spots and notorious grass stains that have left a permanent mark on your favorite garment.

Glass Cleaner

If you have glass anywhere around your house from windows to shower glass doors, you know how messed up they look when they are full of dirt stains. To make them look sparkly and spotless, mix white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap and rubbing alcohol. Use often for super clean glass doors and windows every day.

Get Rid of Annoying Fruit Flies

To get rid of those little insects that feast on your basket of fruits in your kitchen, use rubbing alcohol. It helps to keep them at bay and allows you to enjoy your fruits in peace. Simply fill up your spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray directly to the fruit flies next time they cross your way. Rubbing alcohol renders them motionless giving you enough time to clean them up and throw them out.

Kills Bed Bugs and Lice

Bed bugs and lice are not only disgusting, but they are also extremely difficult to get rid of. Nevertheless, they can’t match the power of rubbing alcohol. Simply spray rubbing alcohol directly to their nesting places and watch them fall. Remember, bed bugs lay eggs, hence you need to repeat this process several times during the week to completely eliminate them. For lice, mix rubbing alcohol with a few drops of lavender oil (for a nice aroma). Move outside and spray your hair generously until the solution gets to your scalp. With a comb, remove all the dead lice from your hair. Soak the comb in rubbing alcohol for at least an hour to prevent the lice from coming back.


There you have it! DIY tips that you can easily practice at home today. Rubbing alcohol can be put into so many surprising uses with remarkable results. Other uses include:

  • Nail polish remover.
  • Venetian blind cleaner.
  • Tick remover.
  • Sweat stain remover.
  • Shoe polish.

Try the above rubbing alcohol hacks today and enjoy the results.

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