Rubbing Alcohol Hacks That Will Have You Asking, “Why Haven’t I Tried This Before?”

Rubbing alcohol isn’t just for cleaning scrapes and cuts. While it is a great disinfectant, the first-aid staple is so much more. From getting rid of pesky insects to eliminating that funky smell coming from your sneakers, rubbing alcohol has many useful hacks.

Not only will these innovative uses save you a trip to the store, but they’ll also save you money and, hopefully, make your life a bit easier. Here are some quirky hacks using rubbing alcohol.

Remove Annoying Stickers From Hard Surfaces

Remove Annoying Stickers From Hard Surfaces
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Linda Cummings Schwegler/Pinterest

It’s always fun to buy new things for your home. But one thing that isn’t fun is the pesky price tag that may or may not give you a hard time when you try to remove it. The good news is there is an easy way to remove those annoying stickers.

Dampen a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and rub the sticker off. If that doesn’t work, try leaving the soaked towel directly over the sticker for a few minutes. It will come off in no time!

Funky Smelling Shoes Are A Thing Of The Past

Funky Smelling Shoes Are A Thing Of The Past
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Boттleѕ and Boттleѕ /PInterest

For avid runners, hikers, or people who tend to get sweaty feet in general, there is an easy way to deodorize and sanitize your footwear. And, good news, it doesn’t cost a lot of money, and it works just as effectively as pricey sprays.

Just grab a spray bottle and rubbing alcohol and spray inside whichever shoes are smelling funky. The rubbing alcohol will work as a natural deodorizer while sanitizing the soles of your shoes in the process.

Make Your Broken Makeup Whole Again

Make Your Broken Powdered Makeup Whole Again
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Madisyn Reppucci/Pinterest

Broken eye shadow, blush, or any pressed powder is very annoying. Applying broken powder is nearly impossible, not to mention very messy. So, it’s a good thing there is a little hack that will fix cracked compacts.

All you’re going to want to do is take your rubbing alcohol, put a bit in a spray bottle, and mist it over the broken makeup. Smooth the powder back together with your finger and let it dry for a few hours. Voila, it’s fixed!

Use Rubbing Alcohol For A Homemade Gel Pack

Use Rubbing Alcohol For A Homemade Gel Pack
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Doria Moody/Pinterest

Scene: you get hurt outside in your front yard. But when you get inside, you realize you don’t have an ice pack, and your ice machine is all out. What do you do?

You grab a gallon zip-lock baggie, pour two cups of water and one cup of rubbing alcohol inside. Make sure you stick that bag inside another to prevent leaking and release it of air. Stick it in the freezer for about an hour, and you have a good-to-go gel pack.

Clean Dry Erase Board Stains With Ease

Clean Dry Erase Board Stains With Ease
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PATRICK LIN/AFP via Getty Images

If you’ve used dry erase boards before, then you know cleaners can get expensive. And sometimes, they don’t work, depending on how long the ink has been left on the surface. So, instead of buying cleaning wipes, try this hack out for size.

Grab your industrial-sized rubbing alcohol from underneath your sink and put a solid amount in a spray bottle. Yup, that’s it. You are now the proud owner of a cheap cleaning spray that can be wiped away with a paper towel.

Make Your Jewelry Shiny Once Again

Give Your Jewelry Back Its Shine
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C Wils/Pinterest

It’s never fun when you go into your jewelry box on date night only to see your necklaces, rings, and bracelets are all coated in layers of grime. Have no fear; there is a solution that won’t break your bank and will have you draped in jewels in no time.

First, pour a nice amount of at least 91 percent isopropyl alcohol into a bowl. Then, submerge your rubbing alcohol-safe jewelry into the liquid. Using a cotton swab, clear off the grime! Pro tip: for best results, leave submerged overnight.

Make A Homemade Air Freshener Spray

Make A Homemade Air Freshener Spray
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Nicole @ Mom Always Finds Out/Pinterest

If your home is in the market for an air freshener, think about using this little hack before you run out to the store. Aside from the spray bottle, you’re only going to need four ingredients.

In a spray bottle, mix together a cup of rubbing alcohol, 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil, and a few drops of water. The added alcohol will help the mixture dry quicker, while leaving you home deodorized, sanitized, and smelling great.

Zap Away Carpet Stains

Zap Away Carpet Stains
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D. Car/Pinterest

Nothing is worse than having gooey, colorful, and otherwise unsightly carpet stains. To make matters worse, getting a carpet professionally cleaned is pricey, with the experts using soap-based products that leave the carpet stiff.

Before calling your carpet guy, grab your rubbing alcohol. The substance won’t discolor your carpet or make it stiff. Pouring a bit of rubbing alcohol on a clean rag and softly scrubbing the stained area will have you saying goodbye to your dirty rug in no time.

Melt Pesky Frost On Those Cool Winter Mornings

Melt Pesky Frost On Those Cool Winter Mornings
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mada morse/Pinterest

If you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow, and therefore frost, then you know mornings can be rough. You have to wait for all of your windows to defrost before you can pull out of your driveway. To make sure you’re not late for work, try this hack.

Mix one part water and two parts rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. When the mixture is ready, spray it over the window frost and watch as it melts away.

Ear Wax Will Dissolve In Rubbing Alcohol And Vinegar

Ear Wax Will Dissolve In Rubbing Alcohol
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Nettie Schultz/Pinterest

Ear wax is one of those pesky things no one really knows how to get rid of. Professionals say not to use Q-Tips while candling seems like medieval torture. It’s time to put the confusion behind you and use this little hack.

Grab a bowl, cotton ball, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol. Mix the two liquids equally in the bowl, then suck it up with the cotton ball, squeezing two drops in your ear. Wait five minutes, tilt your head towards a sink, and watch the solution and wax fall out.

Prevent Embarrassing Sweat Stains

Prevent Embarrassing Sweat Stains
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Fazel/Pinterest

Let’s stop sweat stains before they become an issue. No need to be more nervous about a big presentation then you already are, right? Instead of sweating things you can’t control, like body perspiration, try this hack.

Instead of using deodorant, dab some rubbing alcohol underneath your arms. The liquid will dry out your skin and make it so you’re less likely to have those sweat marks show up on your clothing.

DIY Headlice Treatment

DIY Headlice Treatment
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Elizabeth Lara/Pinterest

Sending little ones to school is hard enough, but when lice are involved, it’s almost downright impossible to allow them to leave. Thankfully, if there is a lice outbreak at your child’s school, there is a rubbing alcohol hack that will save you a trip to the doctor’s office for pricey ointments and shampoos.

Apply about one cup of rubbing alcohol to your child’s head, massaging it thoroughly through their hair. Then take a white towel and rub their hair for about 30 seconds.

Nail Polish Remover Substitute

Nail Polish Remover Substitute
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Pamela Downer/Pinterest

When your nail polish starts chipping, or your nails grow out, creating that weird space between the nail bed and the polish, you know it’s time to whip out the remover. The only thing is that nail polish removers tend to have harmful chemicals that aren’t too good for your nail beds.

Instead, try using rubbing alcohol. The liquid will remove your old nail polish while keeping your nails and beds nice and healthy.

Get Rid Of Dust Mites And Bed Bugs

Get Rid Of Dust Mites And Bed Bugs
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Emily Iman/Pinterest

If you’ve found your furniture has become home to dust mites and bed bugs, think about applying this little hack before spending a lot of money on an exterminator. First, grab a spray bottle. Then, go to your medicine cabinet and pour some rubbing alcohol into the bottle.

You’re going to want to spray the rubbing alcohol over the bug-ridden furniture. Let it dry for a bit and then vacuum the fabric. Bye-Bye bugs and hello clean couch!

Clean Streaky Mirrors

Clean Streaky Mirrors
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Bob Vila/PInterest

Removing sticky streaks of hairspray residue, toothpaste splatters, and perfume droplets are never fun to clean off a mirror. It just seems as though the streaks get worse the more you clean.

The good news is rubbing alcohol is here to save the day. Just put some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and go to town on your mirror. Because it evaporates so quickly, be sure to have a clean rag handy to wipe the mirror down.

Say Goodbye To Fruit Flies

Say Goodbye To Fruit Flies
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J Bryant/Pinterest

Nothing can ruin a hot summer day quite like fruit flies buzzing all over your ripe fruit in the kitchen. The good news is there is an easy, cheap, and non-harmful way to get rid of the pesky insects.

All you’re going to want to do is put some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spritz the fruit flies into oblivion. The alcohol won’t only kill the flies currently surrounding the fruit, but it will prevent others from venturing into your home.

Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer
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LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images

It’s never a bad idea to have bottles of hand sanitizer floating around the house. But instead of going out and buying four or five bottles, try this hack out for size. All you need are a few ingredients: rubbing alcohol (at least 91-99 percent alcohol volume), an aloe vera gel, and your favorite essential oil.

Grab a pump bottle and add two-to-one rubbing alcohol to aloe vera. Then add a few drops of essential oil. We recommend clove or eucalyptus.

Dry Out Cold Sores

Dry Out Cold Sores
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Nettie Schultz/Pinterest

Cold sores always seem to pop up at the worst times. So, wouldn’t it be nice if there was an at-home remedy that dried it out and sped up the healing process? All you’re going to need is some rubbing alcohol.

Dab a little bit of rubbing alcohol on your cold sore to help dry it out and speed up the healing process. Of course, if burning or irritation begins, stop using it.

Helps Remove Ink, Marker, And Nail Polish Stains

Helps Remove Ink Stains
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Tom Kelley/Getty Images

What many people don’t realize when it comes to rubbing alcohol is that the liquid is actually a solvent, not just something to use as an antiseptic. This means it can dissolve difficult stains, such as ink, permanent marker, and even nail polish.

All you have to do is pour some rubbing alcohol in a bowl and completely submerge the stained fabric. Leave the material in the rubbing alcohol for several minutes, blot dry with a clean towel, and clean it in cold water.

De-Grease Your Countertops With Rubbing Alcohol

De-Grease Your Counter Tops With Rubbing Alcohol
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Christel D./PInterest

It’s time to stop buying expensive countertop, stove, and cabinet cleaners. Not only do some have harmful chemicals, but the cost can add up quickly if you’re getting a different cleaner for every aspect of your kitchen. That’s why this little hack is great!

Not only does rubbing alcohol work on every surface of your kitchen, but it doesn’t have harmful chemicals. It’s time to say goodbye to pesky grease buildup! Just wipe it down with some rubbing alcohol.