tip tuesday–make your own cleaner using rubbing alcohol

tiptuesdayThese tip comes from Julie, a Frugal and Thriving reader from the US.

“At our medical doctor’s office, I noticed they spray and clean counters, handles etc using 1/2 water and 1/2 rubbing alcohol. This also works for mirrors and windows very well.”

Other uses for rubbing alcohol include cleaning CDs and DVDs, mozzie bites, sanitising things like the phone, remove sticky labels, make an ice pack, nail polish remover, ink stain remover.

Rubbing alcohol is a common household product in the US, but I’m not sure about its availability in Australia. You need to buy a brand that is at least 90% isopropyl alcohol. You local chemist and possibly the hardware store (and electronic store) is the best place to look.

Julie also suggests using washcloths for dish rags (easier than knitting your own), that way you can sanitise, wash and reuse them over and over.

Julie, thanks for your tips, I know there were lots more, but I seem to have deleted your second email in my over-zealous attempt at clearing out my inbox.

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  1. says

    I clean all our glass with newspaper and straight methalated spirits, which is pretty much in everysupermarket here. I imagine metho would work just as well as “rubbing alcohol” I’m trying to use vinegar and baking soda as much as possible these days.

  2. says

    From what I’ve read, metho is a great alternative to rubbing alcohol. We use vinegar and bicarb for everything (although metho is great for mozzie bites).