It’s important to properly label all of these DIY solutions so you don’t end up drinking it or something stupid.
Essential oils can be harmful to pets so keep them away from all items listed below.
These methods have been tested but we take no responsibility if something goes wrong, use with caution and test before use!
- Sticker removal with rubbing alcohol
Spray a little rubbing alcohol on a sticker and rub it clean off with no residue
- Toothbrush cleaning (although we would be tempted to use mouthwash instead)
Dunk your toothbrush head in rubbing alcohol once a week/2 weeks, let it soak for 5 mins, remove from alcohol and then thoroughly wash with water until there is no rubbing alcohol left.
- Used a permanent marker in the wrong place?
Spray a little rubbing alcohol onto any surface that has the permanent pen on it, then rub clean and dry.
- Daily Shower / Bathroom Cleaning Spray
Mix 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol + 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide + 1 tablespoon of rinse aid + 2 teaspoons of liquid soap + 3 cups of water inside a spray bottle (2-litre version) or alternatively just buy this in a bottle for £3
- DIY Window washer Fluid
Do not use dish/washing up liquid/soap for this method as it’s bad for your car! In a large container add half a cup of white vinegar + 1 cup of rubbing alcohol + tablespoon of car glass cleaner OR a tablespoon of car shampoo.
- Smelly shoes?
Spray a few squirts of rubbing alcohol inside any smelly shoes and then place them outside in the sun.
- DIY hand sanitiser
Combine 6 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel + 2-3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol + 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil + 15-20 drops of tea tree essential oils and then squeeze into a small container
- Get rid of garlic and onion smells from hands and surfaces
Just rub some rubbing alcohol on your hands or better still the hand sanitiser you made above on step 7
- DIY air fresheners
Combine 1/2 cup of water + 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol into an empty 750ml spray bottle + 15-20 drops of mixed essential oils and then mix
- Strong worktop / Oven top disinfectant
Mix 1:1 solution of rubbing alcohol + water + 5-10 drops of mixed essential oils to mask the alcohol smell and spray on work surfaces and let it sit for 3 minutes, then wipe clean with micro fibre cloths.
- Extra: Reusable ice pack for wounds
Soak a sponge in water and place inside a food zip lock bag, add some rubbing alcohol as well and add a little bit more water. Seal the bag and place the bag inside another zip lock bag to contain any leaks, place the bag in the freezer until needed. The rubbing alcohol will cause the water to become a sludge and it will never completely harden, making it great for wrapping around wounds etc.
This list was inspired by HouseHold Hacker on YouTube
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