Isopropyl alcohol is a common and surprisingly versatile household item. From cleaning your blinds to getting out pesky permanent marker stains, read on for rubbing alcohol’s many uses:

Home health

Most manufacturers sell isopropyl alcohol in bulk with different formulation strengths, namely 70 or 90 percent rubbing alcohol. As a general rule, 70 percent of rubbing alcohol is more friendly for use on your skin.


Alcohol is a natural astringent that can help to tighten pores and leave your skin feeling refreshed. Apply after cleansing your skin and before applying moisturizer or sunscreen. Unfortunately, rubbing alcohol can be very drying to the skin so don’t use it on any dry areas. Also, applying it after shaving or to open acne areas can cause a burning sensation.


Rubbing alcohol can be a quick helper if you’re out of deodorant. You can spray directly on your armpit but avoid it after shaving since it can sting. Some people also mix essential oils such as lavender with alcohol for a skin-soothing scent.

Evaporating water from the ear

If you’ve got water in your ears from a pool, mix a solution of 1/2 teaspoon rubbing alcohol and 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar. Pour or place the solution using a dropper into your ear while your head is to the side. Allow the solution to drain out. Don’t apply it if you have an ear infection or tear in your eardrum as the solution could go deeper into your ear.