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Health Benefits and Uses of Rubbing Alcohol

Health Benefits and Uses of Rubbing Alcohol

Did you ever visit a doctor or a pharmacist for an injection? You must have experienced the protocol before injecting medicine into your body. The target area is cleaned and sterilized by using alcohol in a water solution. That particularly is called rubbing alcohol. It contains 87.5-91% of absolute ethyl alcohol mixed in water.

Famous for its cleaning and disinfecting properties, rubbing alcohol provides several other benefits that overlap its uses as a disinfectant or sterilizing agent. It is widely used to clean glass and windows as well and also as a stain remover.

Moreover, rubbing alcohol is present in almost every home and has many potential health benefits that people don’t even know about. So, today in this article, we will explain briefly how to use rubbing alcohol? And we will focus on all of the surprising health benefits it provides so that when a particular situation pops up, that can be resolved using this unique product; you’ll be able to deal with it conveniently instead of running to the doctors.

Benefits and Uses of Rubbing Alcohol

Health Benefits and Uses of Rubbing Alcohol

Some of the surprising health benefits of rubbing alcohol are explained below:

1. Soothes your sore muscles

Applying rubbing alcohol on sore muscles can help effectively in treating inflammation. Alcohol works as an irritant, and when applied to the skin, it increases the blood flow to that area. Applying rubbing alcohol on aching muscles tends to reduced inflammation and swelling.

How to use it?

Use rubbing alcohol on aching muscle with a piece of cotton or take some rubbing alcohol and apply on a small affected area, cover it with a cloth after massaging and let it stand for about an hour.


Do not cover a larger surface area of your body with rubbing alcohol as your skin can absorb it and eventually leads to neurological effects.

2. Got water in your ears? Use rubbing alcohol

Swimmers often get water in their ear, which creates a favorable moist environment for bacterial growth, ultimately leading to an ear infection throughout your eardrum to the outside of your head. It is also called a swimmer’s ear, and it can be treated effectively by using rubbing alcohol properly.

How to use it?

Mix ½ teaspoon of rubbing alcohol with ½ teaspoon of white vinegar. Tilt your head to a side and pour the solution in your ear using a dropper. Finally, allow the solution to drain out of your ear.


Do not apply the solution if the infection has already developed or cut on your eardrum. It can allow the solution to go deeper into your ear and cause damage.

3. Combat fungal growth on toenail

Nail fungus often develops as a yellow or white spot on your toenail that can cause discoloration and break down your nail if left unattended and progresses. Rubbing alcohol can treat toenail fungus.

How to use it?

Mix a few drops of rubbing alcohol with white vinegar, apply it on the affected nail and wrap it properly with a piece of cloth. Let it sit for about half an hour, scrub it, and rinse it properly afterward.  

4. Prevent infection through minor wounds

Minor cuts and wounds expose your sensitive skin to several infections. However, 70% rubbing alcohol is the preferred disinfectant for your skin. It can treat minor wounds and prevent the occurrence of infection.

How to use it?

Dilute a small amount of rubbing alcohol (few drops) with a few drops of water. Apply it to the wound and let it work.

5. Quick relief from a mosquito bite

Mosquito bites can cause swelling, irritation, and itchiness. However, rubbing alcohol is the best solution as it provides instant relief from the pain and swelling of a mosquito bite.

How to use it?

Directly apply to rub alcohol on the mosquito-bitten area and let it stand for 10 minutes. After that, wash it off with water thoroughly.

Read more about the easy home remedies for mosquito bites.

6. Treat cold sores

Cold sores or fluid-filled fever blisters can result in stiff and painful spots on the lips with tingling effects. Rubbing alcohol can help significantly with it. Along with hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol can dry the cold sore and fasten up the healing process.

How to use it?

Soak a piece of cotton in rubbing alcohol. Apply it on the cold sore before going to sleep.


Don’t continue to use it if it causes more irritation and pain.

Read more about cold sores treatment.

7. Let rubbing alcohol deal with poison Ivy.

Direct contact of your skin with poison ivy can cause pain, swelling, rashes, and irritation. Here again, rubbing alcohol can help you out. Rinsing out the affected area with soapy water or rubbing alcohol within an hour of the incidence can significantly reduce the chances of getting a rash.

How to use it?

Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the affected area and let it evaporate. Wash the affected part with soap and rinse it thoroughly with water twice a day. It can reduce itching and inflammation.


Using rubbing alcohol on broken skin can result in tissue damage, making it even harder for the wound to heal.

8. Prepare your sanitizer

Rubbing alcohol can be used at homes to prepare hand sanitizers easily. As you know that there is an outbreak of the pandemic globally, people make hand sanitizers at homes using rubbing alcohol to protect themselves from infection.  

How to use it for preparing hand sanitizers?

A method to prepare hand sanitizer using rubbing alcohol involves the following steps:

  • Take about 1/4 a cup of Aloe-Vera gel and ½ tsp glycerin in a bowl.
  • Mix it with a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
  • Add about 8 to 10 drops of any essential oil for fragrance.
  • Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly, and your homemade sanitizer is ready to use.


Summing up the article, rubbing alcohol is of great benefit when it comes to health problems. From serving as an astringent to deodorant and an antiseptic to disinfectant, rubbing alcohol has many surprising health benefits. But, when misused, rubbing alcohol on damaged skin or more extensive parts of your body can cause serious harm and, therefore, should be avoided.

Also, if you have dry skin, do not use rubbing alcohol on it as it can further dry out your skin, making it completely dehydrated. Learning and gaining enough knowledge to use rubbing alcohol is very important, and I hope this article will help you in this regard.

Resources: MedicalNewsTodayWebMD, and HealthLine