Rubbing alcohol is commonly used as a disinfectant to soothe skin and clean off bacteria and other pollutants. But, the uses of alcohol don’t stop there. Here are some of them, that you maybe didn’t know about:
- Kill Lice
Rubbing alcohol is number one ingredient for removing lice. All you have to do is to pour some alcohol in a spray bottle and add a few drops of lavender oil. Then apply the mixture on your scalp and hair. After 20 minutes, you can remove the dead lice by combing your hair. At the end, put the lice in the mixture to soak for about 1 hour.
- Deodorant replacement
This is a short term solution in case you don’t have deodorant near you. You can find rubbing alcohol in every first-aid kit and you can use it to kill the bacteria that cause bad body odor.
- Remove fingernail polish
If you can’t find remover and don’t want to waste your polish, rubbing alcohol based products are your next best bet. This includes straight-up rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, hairspray, body mist, perfume, and spray deodorant. While these products will remove your polish, they need a little more time to work. Spray or apply some of your product-of-choice on your nails and let it sit for about one minute. Then, using a cotton pad or tissue, rub clean.
- Get rid of bed bugs
You need a spray bottle and some rubbing alcohol to make this annoying problem go away. Spray on your pillows and bed and repeat this procedure several times.
- Homemade cool pack
It’s a fact that alcohol doesn’t freeze, on the contrary it can only change to cold, thick mass.
This is why rubbing alcohol is perfect for making a cooling pad. Mix rubbing alcohol with water in ratio 1:2 and place the mixture in a zip lock bag.
- Clear skin
Many acne suffers find themselves wondering about rubbing alcohol on acne skin and whether it is an effective form of treatment. After all, it smells medicinal and many consumers assume it would work well as a toner for acne prone skin. Rubbing alcohol has the same effect as most acne-fighting creams and ointments that contain benzoyl peroxide.
- Cold sores
Herpes viruses spread most easily from individuals with an active outbreak or sore. Most people get this virus by the age of 20 and almost 85 % of popularity has it. If you have this problem, use 70% isopropyl alcohol on the sore. This can stop the virus from spreading.
- No more ingrown hairs