The chemical composition of rubbing alcohol is a mixture of water, denatured alcohol, and agents added which makes the alcohol unpalatable to drink. There may be some additional colorants added to the mixture as well.
The most common types of rubbing alcohol are Isopropyl alcohol and Ethyl alcohol.
The largest percent of rubbing alcohol is created with isopropyl alcohol, in other words, isopropanol in water. It can be found in concentrations of 68% alcohol to up to 99% in the water. The most commonly used one is 70% rubbing alcohol which is very effective as a disinfectant.
Because Isopropyl alcohol is toxic, bitter-tasting additives are inserted in the mixture preventing people to drink it.
The second type of rubbing alcohol is made out of 97.5% to 100% ethanol or denatured ethyl alcohol mixed with water.
Ethyl alcohol naturally can be found in beverages such as beer, wine, and other drinks and it is less toxic than isopropyl alcohol.
But when it comes to rubbing alcohol, the alcohol is made undrinkable or denatured, as to regulate its use and because the alcohol isn’t safe to drink. Additionally, additives will make ethyl alcohol as toxic as isopropyl alcohol.
Other Uses of Rubbing Alcohol
Typically, every family has rubbing alcohol in their household. There are many different uses of rubbing alcohol other than as a disinfectant or skin cooling.
Here are 11 different ways that you can use rubbing alcohol:
- Soothing mosquito bites – dab the bitten area with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.
- Remove stains – create a mixture with 1 part rubbing alcohol and 2 part water into a spray bottle. Spray the stains (coffee, ink, blood, etc.) with the mixture to remove them.
- Sanitize hands – create a mixture of 3 parts rubbing alcohol and 1 part aloe vera. This mixture is much better than any store-bought sanitizer.
- Clean smells from hands – if you touched some food (like garlic) and the smell doesn’t wear off, this is the trick. Rinse off your hands with rubbing alcohol and afterward with hand soap and warm water.
- Eliminate ticks – if you have a tick stuck on you or your pet, rub a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol around the tick. Afterward, use tweezers to remove the nasty pest.
- Eliminate bedbugs – if your bed is infested with bedbugs, spray the bed with a bottle of isopropyl rubbing alcohol. It will kill the bugs on contact.
- Eliminate fruit flies – spray fruit flies with rubbing alcohol to eliminate them instantly.
- Clean eyeglasses – spray the eyeglasses with rubbing alcohol and use a soft cloth to clean them off.
- Treat cold sores – dab alcohol directly on the cold sore to shrink it.
- Treat sore muscles – massage your muscles with rubbing alcohol if they are sore. You can use this trick for painful joints as well.
- Remove the smell from sneakers – spray the insides of the shoes with rubbing alcohol to remove the nasty smell from your feet. Make sure you leave them to dry.