Isopropyl Alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol, as it is commonly known, has many uses. For the soap maker it is most useful when spritzing your newly poured melt and pour soaps to remove surface bubbles, but it is also a powerful solvent with many useful applications. It evaporates quickly, leaving near zero traces and is relatively safe, compared to alternative solvents.
But remember, this is a highly flammable product so keep away from sources of ignition and definitely don’t drink it because although it has ‘alcohol’ in its name, this product is ‘denatured’ to prevent human consumption and can cause serious injury or even death if consumed.
- At this time of year we all dread getting in the car in the mornings and having to scrape the frost from the window. You can easily de-ice your windscreens with a few squirts of rubbing alcohol. Pop some in a spray bottle (like this one https://www.thesoapkitchen.co.uk/acatalog/Hand-Sprayer-Bottles.html) and you can also keep it in the car boot, it won’t freeze!
- Another good hack for this time of year, rubbing alcohol is brilliant at removing stickers and sticky residue. I hate it when I remove the price sticker from the bargain Christmas presents I have bought, only to be left with half the sticker still attached or the sticky glue left behind. – To remove stickers without leaving the sticky glue behind, spray some rubbing alcohol on it and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rubbing alcohol is a dissolvent and stickers will peel off easily.
- Getting ready for the spring clean? Rubbing alcohol makes a brilliant degreaser. Pour some onto a cloth and wipe down greasy cooker tops, cooker hoods, ovens etc. No need to rinse afterwards because the rubbing alcohol dries almost immediately.
- Clean stainless Steel with rubbing alcohol. It will remove those annoying fingerprints and smudges. It will also leave a nice shine.
- Remove ink stains– If you get ink on your clothing, try soaking the spot in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes and then wash as usual.
- To make your own air freshener combine 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol with approximately 20 drops of essential oils , mix well and then add 1 cup distilled water and mix again. Let the mixture rest for a couple of days, and then use as needed.
- My children have a special skill when it comes to felt tips and sharpies, they usually end up with more on the table than the paper! Rubbing alcohol will dissolve marker back to a liquid state so you can wipe it right off. Believe me; it has saved me numerous times!
- Make an ice pack, perfect for bumped (or aching) heads – Mix 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a plastic zipper bag and pop it in the freezer. The rubbing alcohol prevents the bag from freezing solid.
- For a simple Hand Sanitizer– mix together 3 parts rubbing alcohol and 1 part aloe vera gel. Applying rubbing alcohol to your hands after chopping onions or garlic will remove the odour just like a sanitizer.
- In fact rubbing alcohol will remove many odours. Got a pongy pair of trainers? Spray the inside with rubbing alcohol and place in a sunny spot to dry, nasty niffs will have all gone.