Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol is a very common household item. But, cleaning with alcohol isn’t usually the first thought when it’s mentioned. Instead, alcohol is usually thought of as an antiseptic and for medical uses – which is why it’s usually kept in the “medicine cabinet”. In addition to its medicinal use, alcohol can be used many ways in your house.
Today more than ever, we’re relying heavily on disinfecting and sanitizing. So, we’re going to start our “cleaning with alcohol” list with its use as a disinfectant.
Mix 2 parts rubbing alcohol and 1 part water in a spray bottle. This mixture can be sprayed on high contact areas to disinfect them. It can also be used to clean most surfaces. Warning: Unless they are sealed – don’t apply alcohol to porous materials like marble and granite.
Disinfect Your Computer Mouse and Keyboard.
Computer keyboards and mice can get pretty nasty. So, they should be cleaned regularly. Pour some alcohol on a microfiber cloth and wipe the keyboard. Dip a cotton swab in alcohol to clean between the keys and areas that need more attention.
Disinfect Your Mobile Phone.
Our phones are exposed to a lot of germs. We carry it nearly everywhere we go, and our hands (and sometimes other people’s hands) are on them constantly. The case only protects it from damage, not germs. Use an alcohol pad/wipe or a microfiber cloth with alcohol to clean and disinfect it daily.
Disinfect The Remote Control
Because it’s rarely (or never) cleaned, the remote control in a hotel room has more germs than the toilet. Chances are, the same applies to most homes. Make sure you regularly clean the remote control with a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and water. Spray onto a microfiber cloth – then wipe the remote control.
Soak a rag in alcohol, wrap it around a spatula, and secure it with a rubber band. Use the spatula to clean between the slats of blinds.
Soaking kitchen sponges in rubbing alcohol can help to disinfect them to prolong their lifespan. Saturate your sponges with rubbing alcohol in a small bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse completely with clean water..
Cleaning Dry Erase Boards.
If you leave writing on your whiteboard too long (even though you use-dry erase markers) it nearly becomes permanent. Remove the stubborn scribbling by spraying the board with a 90% rubbing alcohol. Then use a paper towel or rag to wipe it clean.
Cleaning Sinks and Chrome.
Spray rubbing alcohol into your stainless steel sink to not only clean and disinfect it – but to shine it. Use a dry cloth to buff the sink as well as the chrome finishes. If you just want to disinfect it, don’t bother to wipe. The alcohol will evaporate.
Stainless Steel Cleaner
To clean and disinfect stainless steel appliance surfaces, apply some rubbing alcohol to a soft, microfiber cloth and wipe your appliances, going with the grain. This will remove fingerprints, water spots, and it dries streak-free.
Removing Ink Stains
If you get ballpoint ink, gel ink, or permanent ink (yes… permanent marker) on a piece of clothing, soak the area with rubbing alcohol for a few minutes, then blot the with a clean paper towel. Follow up by washing the clothing item.
As you can see, cleaning with alcohol has a lot of versatility. The bonus is that in most cases it will clean and disinfect whatever you are using it on. This is just our top ten list. There are many more, and we’d love to hear some of yours. So, leave yours in the comments. Thanks!