Rubbing alcohol is an item in everyone’s medicine box or dresser that are used every day, and this is just actually the common name of the molecule isopropyl 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. You know how sticky gum residue is like and you don’t want to encounter one because it is difficult to remove, but with rubbing alcohol, this sticky gum is easily dissolved. 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. Removing hairspray residue from mirrors and windows is possible with rubbing alcohol. 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.
If you love to swim, you know what it feels like to have water suck deep in the ear canal. The feeling is not a good one since many times it tends to hurt. It is not easy to remove the water residue inside your ears and you will also find it difficult to hear. Swimmers’ ear is a painful ear condition which happens when pathogens infect the ear because of the moisture left deep inside.
This condition known as swimmers’ ear can be prevented by using isopropyl alcohol. According to scientific studies, isopropyl alcohol evaporates faster than water. So, if there is a puddle of water in your ear, it will take long for it to disappear but a puddle of rubbing alcohol can evaporate fast. The mixture formed If you put alcohol inside your ear is a mixture of alcohol and water which can evaporate faster than water. This can help dry the ear and prevent infection.
Isopropyl alcohol can also be used as a disinfectant and a sterilizing agent. With isopropyl alcohol, bacteria, fungi, and viruses are killed. Before giving an injection, nurses put alcohol on the skin to clear it of pathogens. Hospital kill infectious organisms and prevent the spread of disease by spraying isopropyl alcohol on surfaces. In our homes, we can spray alcohol on our counter tops and other non-porous items which we commonly touch instead of using expensive antibacterial agents.