Uses for rubbing alcohol you never knew about
Due to the spread of COVID-19, you’re now likely to have a bottle (or few) of rubbing alcohol as your go-to disinfectant for killing germs. After all, rubbing alcohol is considered a powerful germicide, especially at concentrations of 60 per cent or more. The popular household item has many uses in the home for cleaning and disinfecting purposes, but what about when it comes to health ailments? To know how to use it safely and effectively, it’s important to first learn something about its composition.
Rubbing alcohol typically comprises of 70 per cent isopropyl alcohol, but the percentage can range from 60 to 99 per cent. This type of alcohol is different than ethanol or ethyl alcohol in liquor, beer and wine. Rubbing alcohol is colourless and looks a lot like water, explains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Rubbing alcohol is one of the main ingredients in hand sanitiser. But this inexpensive household staple has health uses beyond DIY hand sanitiser to kill the germs that cause the COVID-19 virus. Take a look down below to see how you can use it for your own health.
Rubbing alcohol use: Removing splinters
Rubbing alcohol can be used to disinfect your skin before you try to remove a splinter, says dermatologist Professor Adam Friedman. In these instances, pour some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and dab the area with the splinter, he says. You can also clean and disinfect your tweezers with alcohol before you attempt to remove the splinter, he adds.
Rubbing alcohol use: Daily insulin injections for diabetes
People with diabetes who need insulin injections to help control blood-sugar levels must clean and disinfect the area with an alcohol swab or rubbing alcohol-soaked cotton ball before injecting. It’s also important to wait until the alcohol has dried before you inject, the Association of Diabetes Educator Specialists reports.