Wondering what else you can use alcohol for other than to get high? If you think alcohol can only get you drunk, you couldn’t be more wrong! Sure, you haven’t used it for anything else other than drinking it—until now. You’ll be surprised to know that alcohol is a magical solution in several areas.

Alcohol can be used to clean, remove stains, for beauty purposes, and so on. There are different types of alcohol, and each type has its own utility. Once you know how useful it can be in your day-to-day life, you’ll definitely add it to your shopping list every month. Check out these 20 incredible uses of alcohol.

1) Cleaning mirrors

How long has it been since you cleaned the mirrors in your home? Water won’t help get rid of the stains. Dab a soft cloth or paper towel in rubbing alcohol and use it to clean the mirrors. They’ll shine as new.

2) Stain removal

Get rid of ink stains and other stubborn stains from your clothes or carpets with the help of alcohol. For tough stains, soak the garment in alcohol for several minutes and then wash off with regular detergent.

3) Getting rid of bugs

If you are at your wit’s end about what to do about the bug problem in your house, alcohol may help. You can use beer or rubbing alcohol to create a mist spray that will help you get rid of fruit flies, cockroaches, and the like.

4) Shampoo and conditioner

You’ve surely seen beer shampoo on the store counter, but do you know that washing your hair with actual beer can give you shinier hair? You can also add 44 ml of vodka to your 12-ounce bottle of shampoo for the same effect.

5) Remove odours

Gin can help remove bad odours from your home. Mix gin with a few drops of essential oil of your choice to create a mist spray. You can use it as an air freshener or deodorant to get rid of all kinds of foul smells.

6) Baking

Using alcohol for baking is nothing new. We love to gorge on wine and rum cakes. Italian cuisine is never really complete without a dash of wine. Alcohol helps give your pie a flakier crust than water. So, next time you’re baking a pot pie, try adding some gin to it and enjoy its delectable flavour.

7) Skin softener

Alcohol types like beer and red wine have skin softening qualities. You can use your leftover wine as a toner or add a few drops to your bath when you’re soaking in a tub.

8) Reduce itchiness

Rubbing alcohol helps calm itchiness caused by mosquito bites or other bug bites. Dab cotton in alcohol and rub it on the affected areas for quick relief.

9) Preserve flowers

Want your favourite bouquet of flowers to last long? Add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to the water in your flower vase. Change the solution daily and see how long your flowers last.

10) Fuel alternative

Yes, alcohol can fuel you as well as your vehicle. Alcohol types such as methanol and ethanol can be used as fossil fuel alternatives. They burn clean and produce only carbon dioxide and water. 

11) Preservative

Alcohol works as an excellent preservative. People who work in the medicine field use alcohol to preserve specimens.

12) Solvent

Ethanol is by far, the safest type of alcohol. It isn’t harmful and can be used to dissolve chemicals that cannot be dissolved in water. Examples include, perfumes and cosmetic essences like vanilla extracts, etc.

13) Cleaning mould

Mould anywhere in the house is extremely unpleasant. There are chemical mould removers available in the market but they are injurious to your health as well. Fill a spray bottle with vodka and spray it all over the area affected by mould. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then scrub it away with a brush.

14) Mouthwash

Did you know gin can help with your foul mouth odour? Add a few drops of thyme oil to your gin and use it as a mouthwash. You’ll have a refreshing breath in minutes.

15) Treating nail fungus

Nail fungus is irritating and unhygienic. Treat your feet to a mix of equal parts of alcohol and water. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes and then scrub them with a soft brush.

16) Hand sanitiser

What does your hand sanitiser contain? Alcohol. Use rubbing alcohol as your hand sanitiser to kill germs.

17) Remove permanent marker stains

Though it’s called permanent marker, the stains are not so ‘permanent’. You can easily remove the marker spots from the hard surfaces with the help of cotton dipped in alcohol.

18) Removing ear wax

Are you annoyed by the tingling sensation in your ear all the time? It’s time to clean ear wax. Mix equal amounts of alcohol and vinegar. Use a dropper to pour the mixture into your ear. Do this once every two weeks to keep your ears clean.

19) Cleaning makeup brushes

Accumulated makeup on brushes is difficult to clean. Alcohol makes it child’s play. Soak your makeup brushes in alcohol for 30 minutes and then allow them to dry. Your brushes will be squeaky clean!

20) Nail polish remover

Ran out of nail polish remover? Use alcohol to get your nail paint off. A little amount of rubbing alcohol will work wonders.

Did you know that rubbing alcohol can also clean your jewellery? Well, now you do!


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