Many people used rubbing alcohol as a disinfectant or for adhesive removal. But, you should know that alcohol can also be used in cosmetics!
Gets Rid of Bed Bugs
Once you get them, they can be a real problem to get rid of. Even if you are really careful, then can sneak home with you after a vacation or a stay in an unhygienic friend’s house. Fortunately, rubbing alcohol can help kill these nasty pests. Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray it generously over your pillows and mattress. Since bed bugs lay eggs, it’s important to repeat this process several times to completely get rid of them.
Homemade Cool Pack
If you place alcohol in the freezer, it won’t turn to ice, but rather to a cold, thick mass. Thus, you can use alcohol to make your own cooling pad. Pour 1 part alcohol and 2 parts water together in a sealable plastic bag. Make sure you remove as much air as possible before placing it in the freezer. After an hour, the mixture should be at the right texture. You can use this as an ice pack for an injury, or to cool your lunch on a hike.
If you forget your deodorant at home while you’re away, there is nothing to worry about. Rubbing alcohol kills the bacteria that causes bad body odor and is very easy to find in every first-aid kit. But make sure you only use this temporarily, because long exposure to alcohol can irritate the skin.
Cleans Your Ears
Many people still use cotton swaps to clean their ears, but this method is actually dangerous. Because it buries wax deeper and deeper in the ear canal. However, there is an easier way to clean your ears: Mix white vinegar and rubbing alcohol together in a cup. Dip a cotton swap in the mixture and drop it into your ears. The wax will be removed on its own.
Fill a spray bottle with alcohol and add a few drops of lavender oil. Go outside and apply the mixture generously to your scalp and hair. Comb your hair to remove the dead lice. The Wisconsin Division of Public Health recommends to leave used lice combs soaking in the mixture for at least 1 hour to make sure all the bugs are taken care of.
No More Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are the worst. You shaved your bikini line or armpits and now the area is covered in red dots. Fortunately, that can all change once you apply a bit of rubbing alcohol to your skin. The alcohol should alleviate any irritation, leaving your skin looking smooth once again!
Remove Fingernail Polish
Typical nail polish remover often contains harmful chemical acetone, which can damage your nails. You may even start feeling nauseous from the fumes. Pure rubbing alcohol is one possible alternative. It may take a little bit longer to completely remove the polish, but your nails won’t be damaged in the process.
Almost 85% of people carry the herpes virus, but only a small percent will ever experience a break out. If you are hit with a painful outbreak at some point, try using 70% isopropyl alcohol on the spots. According to the University of Michigan, this will make the herpes sores go away faster.
You can use rubbing alcohol to make your own hand sanitizer. Mix 4 oz. aloe Vera gel, a half teaspoon of isopropyl alcohol, and a few drops of tea tree oil and put it in a sealable bottle and your homemade hand sanitizer is ready.
Clears Your Skin
Benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient found in acne-fighting creams and ointments, but rubbing alcohol works just as well. Due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, it will not only disinfect any existing pimples, but also sooth the surrounding skin and help prevent additional ones from popping up. Make sure to only apply it directly to the pimple, as extended use can cause skin irritation.