There are many uses of rubbing alcohol, but the most common one is definitely for disinfection. People also use it for adhesive removal. However, the uses of this versatile over-the-counter product go far beyond this. Read on and find out how you can make the most of this item.

Get rid of bed bugs

Bed bugs can be a real problem to get rid of once you get them. Even if you’re being careful, you can bring them home after a stay at a dirty motel or after vacation. Luckily, rubbing alcohol can help kill these nasty pests. Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray it generously over your pillows and mattress. Since bed bugs lay eggs, it’s important to repeat this process several times to completely get rid of them.

Kills lice

Fill a spray bottle with alcohol and spray it on your head to get rid of lice. Comb your hair afterwards to remove the dead bugs. According to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, the comb should soak in the mixture for an hour before the process in order to remove all dead lice.

Deodorant replacement

If you forgot to take your deodorant while going away for the weekend, don’t buy another one. Rub some alcohol on your armpits to kill the bacteria and prevent odor. Use this method short-term only as alcohol can damage your skin.

Homemade cool pack

Pour 1 part of alcohol and 2 parts of water in a sealable plastic bag and remove as much air as possible from it before leaving it in the freezer. The mixture should freeze for an hour and can be used for injuries or cooling your lunch while on a picnic.

Removes fingernail polish

Girls remove fingernail with acetone usually, but this can be harmful to the nails. However, if you rub some alcohol on the polish, your nails should be safe.

Clear your skin

Instead of using acne-fighting creams that contain benzoyl peroxide, you can use alcohol instead. The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties will disinfect your skin and soothe the inflammation, while preventing further acne from showing up. Apply the alcohol directly on the pimples as it can irritate the surrounding area.

Clean your ears

Mix some white vinegar and alcohol, then dip a cotton ball in the mixture and use it to clean your ears. This method is better than using cotton swaps which only push the wax deeper in the canal.

Cold sores

85% of people carry the herpes virus, but most of them will never experience a breakout. However, if you’re one of the unlucky few, use 70% isopropyl alcohol on the spots and it will heal them fast.

No more ingrown hairs

You have just had a bikini wax and the whole area is covered in red spots. Luckily, alcohol can help you – rub some of it on the area and it should relieve the irritation.

Hand sanitizer

Mix half a tablespoon of isopropyl alcohol, 4 oz. of Aloe Vera gel and a couple of drops of tea tree oil to make a homemade hand sanitizer.