Most people keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol in the medicine cabinet. Few, however, know what rubbing alcohol really is and how to use it.
First, there are two types of rubbing alcohol.
Isopropyl is commonly made with a concentration of 70 percent alcohol and bitter additives that make the toxic substance unattractive to drink. Ethyl alcohol is made of 97.5 to 100 percent denatured ethanol, which means it has been made unsafe to drink.
Rubbing alcohol is traditionally used as a disinfectant, but it has a number of benefits that you may never have considered. Here are 11 health benefits of rubbing alcohol:
1. Eliminate ticks.
The key with ticks is to remove them as soon as possible. The Huffington Post recommends dabbing a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and rubbing it around the tick. When the area is well treated, use tweezers to remove the dangerous bug.
2. Soothe mosquito bites.
3. Kill bedbugs.
If you’ve been plagued by bedbugs, follow the advice of American Pest Control and fill a spray bottle with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Spritz the braiding of the mattress, headboard and box springs.
It works because rubbing alcohol kills the bugs on contact. Spray frequently to eliminate the eggs. Be careful to make sure the alcohol has dried and the room is ventilated before sleeping on the bed after spraying.
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