The molecule isopropyl alcohol is commonly known as rubbing alcohol. Drinking alcohol or ethanol, found in drinks such as beer, wine, and hard liquor is a close relative of this chemical. Rubbing alcohol, unlike drinking alcohol, is not suitable for human consumption but it has in it many of the chemical properties of ethanol. Some properties of rubbing alcohol is that it can be dissolved in water and its boiling point is low. The chemical properties of rubbing alcohol makes it ideal for use in many household applications.
Many times we use alcohol for cleaning things because it has the ability to do so. Isopropyl alcohol is contained in many toilet bowl and window cleaners. 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. With rubbing alcohol, you can easily remove sap or chewing gum from your hands or from any surface. If there are hairspray residue from mirrors and windows, then these can be removed by using 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.
People who love to swim know what it is like to have water stuck deep in the ear canal. It can really irritate you especially when your ears start 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. The worst thing that can happen is that if there is moisture deep in the ear, it creates an ideal environment for infectious pathogens which lead to a painful swimmers’ ear.
Swimmers can prevent infection by using rubbing 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.
With isopropyl alcohol, you can sterilize or disinfect items in your home. This is because it kills bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The reason why nurses rub their skin with alcohol before giving an injection is 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.