This Is Why You Should Always Have Rubbing Alcohol In Your Home

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Chances are that when you were growing up, your parents had a bottle of rubbing alcohol somewhere in the cabinets or bathroom that they broke out for first aid purposes, and you undoubtedly pass the bottles at your local pharmacy while on the hunt for other things. But did you know that rubbing alcohol is incredibly versatile and can be used for a whole host of household and emergency situations beyond simply sanitizing that scraped knee?

As it turns out, there are whole host of other things alcohol is great at sanitizing beyond minor cuts and scrapes (via Medical News Today). You can use rubbing alcohol to disinfect and sanitize hard surfaces like kitchen counters, sinks, toilet seats, and doorknobs. You can also use it to help eliminate germs on electronic devices by wiping down keyboards, smartphones, and remote controls (things that people touch and touch and touch some more) with rubbing alcohol and a soft or microfiber cloth.  

Other uses for rubbing alcohol you never thought of

Did you know that rubbing alcohol is actually a great deodorizer? Sure it smells pretty strong itself at first, but as soon as it evaporates, the alcohol smell disappears along with whatever unpleasant smell you are trying to eliminate (via Medical News Daily). You can wipe alcohol directly onto your underarms to eliminate odor-causing bacteria (although you might not want to do this immediately after shaving as it can sting). You can also use it to deodorize fabrics, soft furniture, carpets, and even shoes! Simply put the alcohol into a spray bottle, mist over the offending area (or inside of the shoes) and wait for it to dry. Once dry, both the alcohol and the smell should be gone without a trace. 

And another way to use rubbing alcohol is to safely remove pine sap from your car's windshield or paint job (via Your Mechanic). When sap drips onto your car, you might tempted to try scrubbing it off or using a harsh cleaner, but this can damage the finish on your car (and doesn't always make much of a dent in the super-sticky sap). Instead, soak a soft rag with alcohol and let it sit on the sap for a minute or so until the sap starts to break down, then rub the alcohol over the area until the sap is fully removed. Rinse well and dry to make sure no alcohol is left behind to damage the paint. 

The Truth About Cleaning Your Phone With Disinfectant Wipes

If you think a toilet seat is the most disgusting thing out there, think again. State Food Safety warns that if you were to compare a toilet set, doorknob, and mobile phone in terms of bacteria per square inch, it would be no contest, with the toilet seat having 1,201 bacteria per square inch, a doorknob being eight times more populated at 8,643 bacteria per square inch, and cell phones carrying a whopping 25,127 bacteria per square inch. Because our mobile phones can be such a breeding ground for bacteria, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Time reports the COVID-19 coronavirus can also survive on the surface of a mobile phone for anywhere between several hours to over a week, depending on the conditions.

The best way to protect you — and your phone — from COVID-19, is not just to wash your hands regularly, but to clean your phone regularly, too. While original guidelines called for phones to be disinfected with a soft cloth and a mix of 60 percent water and 40 percent isopropyl alcohol (via State Food Safety), these rules have changed.

Time reports you're safest using disinfectant wipes that contain 70 percent alcohol to clean your phone. Apple also now says its all right to use Clorox Wipes to clean the display, keyboard, or other exteriors of your smartphone, as well as on other Apple products. But disinfectant wipes seems to be the strongest cleaner you can use on your phone, as CNET says that under no condition can you use bleach. You still shouldn't get the phone wet, and you can't don't drown your Apple gadget in any liquid household cleansers. Time says this applies to all gadgets and electronic devices.

While we've all been given the green light to use disinfectant wipes on our phones, Time recommends that we use care when doing so, as overzealous cleaning and harsh abrasives can cause damage. And above all, remember to wash your hands. Experts remind us that a disinfected cell phone does us no good if our hands aren't clean.