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Household Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

Published on NewsOK Published: February 13, 2013

I discovered the wonders of rubbing alcohol as a cleaning agent myself, when I tried using an alcohol pad to remove the label from a glass jar. You know the sticky goo that is left over when you remove the paper label from a glass jar? I found that rubbing alcohol took it off with minimal elbow grease.

Although it's not perfect for every cleaning job (hello, washing dishes), rubbing alcohol is a fairly cheap and relatively environmentally-friendly solution to some tough cleaning challenges. Most people keep a bottle of it in the bathroom, and if you don't it would behoove you to keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol in stock for cleaning tasks. One of its more attractive attributes is how fast rubbing alcohol evaporates. Although it has that initial "hospital" smell, rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly and does not leave a lingering odor, unlike vinegar. It is also suitable for cleaning surfaces that cannot be cleaned with acids, such as granite counter tops.

Although rubbing alcohol off gasses quickly, prolonged exposure to isopropyl alcohol fumes is not recommended. Bear in mind that it's not drinkable, and should be stored out of reach of children. Also, do not use rubbing alcohol to clean near open flames or near extreme heat; it's flammable. With all that said, here are ten ways to use rubbing alcohol around the house.

DIY Granite Cleaner: The always charming blogger Made From Pinterest described her success making DIY granite cleaner out of rubbing alcohol, dishwashing soap, water, and essential oil. Since acidic cleaning agents can cause pock marks in granite, and ammonia-based cleaners can strip the seal off of them, rubbing alcohol solutions are an inexpensive, effective way to clean granite counter tops.

Remove Nail Polish from Wood Floors: I am not sure how frequently people spill nail polish on laminate floors or wood floors, or how often flooring contractors get called to repair wood that nail polish has spilled on. Apparently it happens enough that blogger Anna Mosely posted a tip on about how to use rubbing alcohol to remove nail polish stains from wood or laminate floors. She claims (with pictures!) that it works better than acetone or oil-based substances.

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