Isopropyl Alcohol Uses

Isopropyl Alcohol Uses

This list was created together with our own experiences and our customer-recommended uses. 

Cleaning & House Hold Uses:

  • Household cleaner and is great for cleaning kitchens, bathrooms, and other surface areas: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Cleans sticky grime and residue: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Perfect for cleaning computer screens, phones, iPad screen, and is non-streaking: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight 
  • General window cleaner: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Removes ink: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Cleans glass: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Used to remove the old tobacco from inside the pipe: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Use on granite, wood floors and upholstery: 1/4 Isopropyl Alcohol, 3 drops dish detergent, 1 cup of water and a couple of essential oil.
  • Clean venetian blinds: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Erase permanent markers: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Hand Sanitiser: 3/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol and 1/4 aloe vera gel
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner
  • Clean over the kids toys to kill bacteria
  • Removes greasy finger prints.
  • Eliminates cat smell: 90% Isopropyl and 10% Essential Oil - use as a spray for the home.
  • Cleans surfaces before applying adhesive. 
  • Cleans brake and clutch system.

Beauty Uses:

  • Make up brush cleanser: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Fixes broken powder foundation make-up and eyeshadow: 3/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol and 1/4 water
  • Sanitise and clean make up brushes: Soak in 100% Isopropyl Alcohol and allow to air dry.
  • Used to make bath bombs to combine mixture.

Industrial & DIY Uses:

  • More efficient than alcohol wipes
  • Used for ink painting
  • Take paint off vinyl dolls: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Cleaning mealy bugs from succulents: 1/2 cup Isopropyl Alcohol and 1/2 water
  • Cleans the residue built up on the 3D printer: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Perfect for Art applications - especially for watercolours and colour dye
  • Prevent the windows from getting frost-free and dissolve the windshield frost: 3/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol and 1/4 water
  • Reed Diffusers: Splash of Isopropyl Alcohol, ¼ carrier oil, and 12 drops essential oils.
  • Use it to clean flux residue after soldering
  • Use it to find faults in electronics under a microscope as it evaporates from around the bad component as it gets hot.
  • Use it to flush away conductive minerals water has left in phones after they become water damaged. 
  • Use it for cleaning adhesive on tablets or phones
  • Use it for cleaning screens
  • For cleaning car windows and removing wax.
  • Remove hot glue from dent removal tools.
  • Reduces soda ash on the top of soap in the saponification process. 
  • Used to make your own perfume. 
  • Cleans brake and clutch system.
  • Debonding agent for tar, ash and oils.

Gardening Uses:

  • Use as a disinfectant when removing ticks from dogs: Use 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Deters fruit flies: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Silk plant and flower cleaner: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  • Used in gardening to remove dead, diseased and rotting plants: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight

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  1. Never drink rubbing alcohol. Doing so can be deadly. You should only use it on your skin, and never let children use it without supervision. Also, never use rubbing alcohol topically to reduce fever — it’s ineffective and dangerous to do so.
  2. Rubbing alcohol is also highly flammable, so never use it near an open flame or high heat.
  3. If you use rubbing alcohol and have allergic reaction signs (such as problems breathing, hives, facial swelling, or swelling of your lips, tongue, or throat), call 911 and seek emergency medical attention.