Cleaning With Alcohol

October 5, 2004

Spray bottle.Rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol) is very inexpensive to use. In our market you get two 16 ounce bottles for $.99. I use rubbing alcohol to clean up in the kitchen. It makes stainless steel shine and gives it a nice fresh smell. It is good for quick cleanup and works well when added to soap and water to clean floors.


It is wonderful to refresh a sponge or dishrag. Place the sponge or rag in a small bowl and pour alcohol over it. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and they will be clean and sweet smelling again.

The same method can be used to refresh string mops. Place damp mop in a bucket and pour alcohol over to nearly cover. Let stand for 5-10 minutes, wring out and dry. For complete cleaning, wash rag mop in washing machine and dry. Spray with alcohol before using again.

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June 16, 2010

To keep fleas at bay, you can spray your pet and the bedding and carpets with Wintergreen scented rubbing alcohol. It's an easy, inexpensive solution for an occasional flea.


September 21, 2011

I've seen a lot of tips about cleaning items with hand sanitizer. The thrifty alternative is plain old rubbing alcohol. The main (active) ingredient in hand sanitizer is alcohol.


March 18, 2005

Instead of spending money on high priced cleaners, to clean stainless steel appliances. Use plan old alcohol.


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January 25, 2015

A Capri Sun got put on my brand new recliner. My daughter told me to put equal amounts of water and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, spray it on the stain, scrub it, and let it dry. The stain is almost gone now!


March 7, 2006

I use rubbing alcohol for all kinds of cleaning jobs, full strength or diluted (I prefer full strength.) For most cleaning jobs I keep it in a trigger spray bottle. I use it for cleaning glass and mirrors - it evaporates too NO STREAKS! ...


July 16, 2005

Isopropyl Alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol, is effective in many cleaning projects. Put it in a small spray bottle and it works well for cleaning and shining chrome faucets.


It also can be helpful when trying to remove ink stains from fabric and upholstery.



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December 3, 2012

Dog on carpet.I have two small dogs. I have been cleaning urine spots on my carpet with a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol and 2 parts water. It works so well. My dogs are always sniffing the floor. Will this have an effect on them if they inhale it all the time?



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December 4, 20120 found this helpful

I don't have an answer for you, I was just wondering what breed of dog this is. It's SO cute and looks really friendly!


I'm looking for a small dog and I have 2 young grandchildren, ages 4 and 5. How are your dogs with kids?

December 5, 20120 found this helpful

I don't know either, but would love to know what kind of a dog this is, also. Mine looks just like it in the head area. She is part Skye Terrier, but I don't know what the other part is and I'd love to know.


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December 5, 20120 found this helpful

The alcohol can't be good for the dogs. I always use a solution of vinegar & water. It cleans well and gets rid of the smell completely.

July 2, 20230 found this helpful

Anytime you use a chemical around your animals it is a good idea to check with a vet. Alcohol has a very fast evaporation rate. From that standpoint I would think it ok to use. I have used white vinegar with cleaning many things around the house. It is a good odor remover (loses 'vinegar' smell quickly) and a mild acid.


And as an edible item should be safe around pets. I have used vinegar to soak my faucet aerators in to dissolve mineral buildup, and in my shower to cut down mold growth. When my parents were alive I would sometimes set an open bowl in a discreet area to absorb the odor caused by their cigarette smoking.

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January 8, 2006

I have used rubbing alcohol to clean ink in my dryer. When will the dryer be able to be used as this stuff is flammable?

Denise from Vancouver, B.C.


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January 8, 20060 found this helpful

It should be ready by the time you are done reading this. (as long as you didn't pour a whole bottle in or anything) Alcohol evaporates QUICKLY.

September 12, 20170 found this helpful

You can use the dryer as soon as the alcohol dries and the smell goes away. Usually that is in a minute or 2. At that point it isn't flammable.

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November 15, 2014

Can I use rubbing alcohol on a fabric sofa and how do I do it? Thank you.

By Leone S. from Stoke on Trent

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January 15, 2017

Alcohol can be safely used to clean stains and soap scum off of your fiberglass tubs. This is a page about using alcohol for cleaning a fiberglass tub.

Person wearing rubber gloves cleaning a bathtub.

March 13, 2017

Rubbing alcohol is one of the best ways to get stains out of carpet. It can remove pet stains, rust stains and coffee stains.


This page contains DIY carpet cleaning tips and shows you how to get stains out of carpet using rubbing alcohol.

A glass of red wine spilled on a light colored carpet.

May 31, 2019

Fabric upholstery is generally best cleaned with a commercial product. Greasy stains can sometimes be removed from microfiber material with alcohol.

A glass of wine spilled on a upholstered fabric couch.

April 8, 2019

Most people have a bottle of rubbing alcohol in their medicine cabinet and it is one of the best stain removers for ink. This is a page about removing permanent marker from clothing with isopropyl alcohol.

Permanent marker covered by isopropyl alcohol to remove stains.

March 8, 2017

Rubbing alcohol is an excellent product to use for cleaning windows. This is a page about using rubbing alcohol for cleaning windows.

A person cleaning a window with a rag.

January 15, 2017

An old fashion way of cleaning may help you clean an old mirror. This is a page about clean an old mirror with rubbing alcohol.

Cleaning a mirror with rubbing alcohol.


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July 7, 2010

Rubbing alcohol not only makes an amazingly simple cleaner, but it kills nasty germs around your house in the process.

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