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15 Ways Rubbing Alcohol Can Be Used To Clean Your Home

We’ve all used rubbing alcohol to clean out cuts and scrapes before putting on a band-aid, but rubbing alcohol is great for disinfecting more than you think. So, if you’ve got it stored in the medicine cabinet, get it out because you’ve got some cleaning to do.

Rubbing alcohol can help you clean your bathroom, kitchen and so much more. Find out 15 ways you can start using it to clean your home in more ways than you ever thought possible.

1. Cleans Mirrors

If you want to get rid of water stains and leave your reflective surfaces streak-free, then rubbing alcohol can help you get the job done.

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2. Cleans Granite

Granite counters have never shined so bright as when they’ve been wiped down with a little rubbing alcohol.

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3. Cleans Blinds

Give your window treatments the cleaning you know they need. We can all be guilty of not cleaning blinds as often as we should, but rubbing alcohol will make the job easy and effective.

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4. Sanitize Makeup Brushes

Soaking your makeup brushes in rubbing alcohol can give them a deep cleaning and have them good as new in no time.

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5. Eliminates Fruit Flies

Having a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol handy can help you eliminate fruit flies. Simply spray them, wait for the alcohol to knock them out and sweep them up later to get rid of them.

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6. Removes Odors

Spritzing a little rubbing alcohol into the air can eliminate odors in every room in your home.

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7. Removes Water Stains

Rubbing alcohol will leave glass shower doors shiny and streak-free because it’s great at finally getting rid of those pesky water stains.

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8. Cleans Hairspray

If you spray your hair with hairspray, then you know that it gets everywhere— on the mirror, the counter, you name it. Well, easily remove the sticky spray from each and every surface in your bathroom with a little bit of this liquid and a rag.

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9. Sanitizes Your Phone

When your phone screen starts to look all smudged and icky, a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol can get it clean again.

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10. Gets Rid Of Ink Stains

A pre-wash with some rubbing alcohol will ensure that those ink stains don’t stay in your clothes after they’ve already gone through the wash.

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11. Removes Ice From Windshield

If you’re used to having to scrape the snow and ice from your car before you leave each morning, that job just got a whole lot easier. Spraying your windshield with rubbing alcohol will loosen the snow and ice so that when you wipe it, it’ll practically fall right off.

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12. Removes Fingernail Polish

No need to buy fingernail polish remover at the store anymore, because a little rubbing alcohol will do the trick, too.

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13. Shines Windows

Since this is great for cleaning mirrors and shower doors, why not use it on all of the glass in your home, you know? Get those windows crystal clear with the help of rubbing alcohol.

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14. Disintegrates Grease

Grease residue around the kitchen can be hard to clean. But, that built up grease and grime is not a problem that this cleaning method can’t solve.

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15. Disinfects Sponges & Cleaning Cloths

Sponges and cloths that we use to clean with aren’t always so clean themselves, but a quick soak in some rubbing alcohol can remove those hidden germs.

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I bet you didn’t know that rubbing alcohol was such a multipurpose cleaning agent. I certainly didn’t, but thank goodness I’ve got some on hand. I’ll be off to clean, now!

[h/t: One Good Thing]