Household Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

Have a bottle of rubbing alcohol that's just taking up space in your medicine cabinet? It's time to put that bottle to work. Here are 12 household uses for rubbing alcohol that you'll want to try:

Remove Permanent Marker

Rubbing Alcohol. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Permanent marker isn't as permanent as the name suggests. Use rubbing alcohol to remove it from hard surfaces like countertops, plastic and more. Just dab it on the spot, and wipe clean. This is a great tip to keep in mind when you come across a yard sale find that someone has put their name on.

Make Your Own Ice Packs

Save some money by making your own ice packs. All you need is rubbing alcohol and one other ingredient:

Clean Mirrors

Have a build up of hair spray and toothpaste on your bathroom mirror? Just spray the mirror with rubbing alcohol, and wipe it clean. It'll take off all the gunk, and leave you with a streak-free shine.

Tip: You can also use rubbing alcohol to remove hair spray from your bathroom sink, floor, hair brushes and any other styling tools.

Remove Water Spots and Fingerprints

Rid faucets and stainless steel sinks of water spots by wiping them down with rubbing alcohol. If you have stainless steel appliances, you can also use it to remove fingerprints and smudges.

Keep Car Windows Frost-Free

Tired of scraping frost off your windshield? Just, mix one part rubbing alcohol together with eight parts water, and apply the solution to your car windows to prevent frost from forming on them. To maintain effectiveness, repeat the process each time you wash your car and after heavy rainstorms.

Remove Grime

Wipe cellphones, computer keyboards and other high-use gadgets down with a rag that's been lightly moistened with rubbing alcohol to remove all that built up dirt and grime from the keys, and to keep germs to a minimum.

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Like to carry hand sanitizer with you? Learn how to make it at home, so you won't have to run to the store for a replacement bottle the next time you run out:

Degrease Your Kitchen

Tackle that grease build up on your stove, countertops and cabinets by wiping them down with a sponge or rag that's been soaked in rubbing alcohol. It's quick, easy and effective!

Make Your Own Room Spray

Freshen the air in your home with an all-natural room spray that you made yourself. It starts with rubbing alcohol, and can be scented any way your like:

Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

Combine rubbing alcohol with two other ingredients, and you'll have a glass cleaner that performs just as well as anything you can buy at the store: