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Using Rubbing Alcohol as a Household Cleaner?

6 Ways to Clean With Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is one of the most underrated household cleaning products in the world – and for good reason. First, you won’t find it in the cleaning isle of your favorite shopping mall and secondly, it’s a very volatile solution with a strong smell – not like the typical household liquid cleaner. Anyway, you’d be surprised by how effective it can be when it comes to household cleaning. Here are 6 surprising uses that you may not have thought about before:

Household disinfectant

During the cold season, bacterial infections tend to soar. To disinfect furniture and other points of contact like the doorknob or staircase railing, add one part of rubbing alcohol to one part of water (ratio 1:1) then pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Note that disinfectant can be used to clean jewelry pieces, your home thermometer and anything that you can think of.

Get sparkling clean windows

Steak-free window cleaning is often difficult right? Well, it is if you aren’t using rubbing alcohol as your cleaning agent. This is how to make the solution:

  • add a pint of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
  • add two tablespoons of ammonia and two tablespoons of liquid dish soap.

When cleaning the windows, spray the solution to the window then using a nylon-covered sponge rinse the windows then buff them dry. You will be stunned by how sparkling the windows will be.

Worry no more about grass stains

It’s the weekend and your family has gone out for the weekend. You have fun, roll over the grass and laugh. Then you smile fades when you see the grass stains on your laundry. What do you do? Well, get the cloth and rub undiluted rubbing alcohol (no pun intended). Work the alcohol into the stain, let it sit for about 10 minutes then launder as usual.

Clean your appliances and sink

Your appliances must be clean at all times and so should your sink. If you have a knack for shiny appliances then you’ll love what rubbing alcohol has in store for you. Did you know that by spraying rubbing alcohol not only cleans it but also makes it shine? Here’s how to do it:

  • mix a 2 parts of rubbing alcohol to one part of water (ration 2:1)
  • spray the appliance (or sink) and buff clean

That’s how to get a steak free appliance that your visitors will be envious of:

Remove microfiber stains from your sofa

Kids love playing with things and sometimes this may include writing on sofa with permanent markers and spilling ink among other mischievous deeds. To remove ink and marker pen stains, soak the stained area with the alcohol, and then blot the stain on a clean paper-towel. To deal with micro-fiber sofa stains, spray a solution of the alcohol then wipe with a clean piece of cloth. Note that you should use a white cloth to avoid color transfer.

Remove frost from your home’s windows

This works for both home and car windows. Mix one part of rubbing alcohol to 5 parts of water (ratio 1:5) then spray the solution on your windows. Wipe clean and allow to dry. That’s it.