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Guide to Rubbing Alcohol and Its Uses

The molecule isopropyl alcohol is commonly known as rubbing alcohol. There is also another kind of alcohol that is related to rubbing alcohol which is the alcohol that we drink but this is not the same although they are related, and drinking alcohol is in the form of ethanol. Drinking alcohol can be consumed but rubbing alcohol cannot, but these two types of alcohol actually have many chemical properties in common. Rubbing alcohol is water soluble and has a low boiling point. The reason why most home has rubbing alcohol is because it is very useful for many household applications and this is due to its chemical properties.

Many times we use alcohol for cleaning things because it has the ability to do so. Many household products that we use like toilet bowl cleaners or window cleaners actually have a portion of isopropyl alcohol in them. We don’t ever want to encounter sticky gum residue, but in the event that you come across it, then you can simply use rubbing alcohol to dissolve it quickly. If you find chewing gum sticking on your hands, your floor or other surface, you know how difficult it is to remove it but it only takes a few drops of rubbing alcohol to completely remove it from your hands or any surface. Rubbing alcohol can also remove hair spray residue from mirrors and windows. If you find too many fingerprints on your DVDs or CDs, just rub it with a little rubbing alcohol and you can completely wipe out the fingerprints without damaging the plastic of the disc.

Sometimes, water gets stuck deep in your ear canal when you swim. The feeling is not a good one since many times it tends to hurt. When there is water reside inside your ears, you have a difficult time hearing, and it is really annoying when you try to remove this water residue inside. Swimmers’ ear is a painful ear condition which happens when pathogens infect the ear because of the moisture left deep inside.

Swimmers can prevent infection by using rubbing alcohol. According to scientific studies, isopropyl alcohol evaporates faster than water. So a puddle of water in the ear takes more time to evaporate than a puddle of rubbing alcohol. The mixture formed If you put alcohol inside your ear is a mixture of alcohol and water which can evaporate faster than water. Thus, the ear dries faster and infection is prevented.

Disinfecting and sterilizing are the two other uses of isopropyl alcohol. With isopropyl alcohol, bacteria, fungi, and viruses are killed. Before giving an injection, nurses put alcohol on the skin to clear it of pathogens. Disease is not spread in hospitals if the surface are sprayed with isopropyl alcohol. In our homes, instead of using expensive antibacterial agents, we simply use isopropyl alcohol and spray it on our counter tops and non-porous materials to disinfect them.

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