Five ways to use isopropyl alcohol

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Five ways to use isopropyl alcohol

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Rubbing alcohol is no one-trick pony — when it comes to cleaning your home, it has a multitude of uses, including stain removal and hand sanitiser.

Tools and materials

Aloe vera gel

Dish soap

Isopropyl alcohol

Microfibre cleaning cloths

Rubber gloves

Soap dispenser (pump dispenser)

Spray bottle

Tea-tree oil

tools and materials required to clean with isopropyl alcohol

What is isopropyl alcohol?

Isopropyl alcohol, otherwise known as rubbing alcohol, is the hidden weapon in anyone’s cleaning cupboard. From removing stains and sticky residue, to streak-free cleaning, it has a multitude of uses all over your home. It can even be used to make your own hand sanitiser! Here are five of our favourites.

Tip: whenever you work with rubbing alcohol, it’s essential to wear rubber gloves.

Remove stains from furniture

If you have a stain on your couch or any other upholstered furniture, rubbing alcohol is the perfect stain remover. Squeeze a bit of rubbing alcohol, let it sit on the stain for a few minutes, then wipe the area.

pouring ispropyl alcohol onto floor

Clean your glasses

In a small spray bottle, add three parts rubbing alcohol to one part water, along with one small drop of dish soap. Shake it to combine and spray on your glasses, wiping with a flat microfibre cloth. The cloth that comes with your glasses should do the trick!

cleaning glasses with isopropyl alcohol

Create your own D.I.Y. disinfectant spray

Add 2:1 proportion of rubbing alcohol to water in a spray bottle. Shake to combine and then use to disinfect surfaces such as tables, door handles and appliances. Let the spray sit for one–two minutes before you wipe it dry so all the germs are gone. Use a microfibre cloth to wipe down any stainless steel surfaces this will ensure a streak-free shine!

cleaning door handles with isopropyl alcohol

Remove build-up from mirrors

To get rid of product build-up on your bathroom mirror, dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe away that sticky mess with ease. Use the other side of the microfibre cloth to dry the mirror for a streak-free finish.

cleaning mirror with isopropyl alcohol

Create your own hand sanitiser

You can use isopropyl alcohol to make your own hand sanitiser. All you need is aloe vera gel and an essential oil, such as tea-tree oil. To create an effective hand sanitiser, stick to a 2:1 ratio of aloe vera and alcohol. Add to a soap pump dispenser, add a few drops of your essential oil and mix all ingredients thoroughly until they are well blended.

pouring isopropyl alcohol into a bottle

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