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Isopropyl alcohol, commonly known as rubbing alcohol, is extremely useful around the house because it acts as both a solvent and a disinfectant. Add to that, it’s cheap! All of this makes rubbing alcohol nearly magical as an ingredient in so many useful homemade solutions.

Rubbing alcohol comes in varying strengths from 70%, which is most common, all the way to 99% strength. While any of these strengths will work well in the five recipes I have for you today, 70% is most common and least expensive—$1.29 for a 16 oz. bottle is typical.

Always label homemade solutions clearly and keep them out of the reach of children.

Windshield Washer Fluid

  • 3 cups rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon liquid soap, like Blue Dawn
  • 10 cups water

Pour ingredients into a gallon-size plastic jug. Shake thoroughly to mix. Use in place of commercial windshield washer fluid in your car’s windshield washer reservoir. Always shake prior to adding to reservoir. The alcohol speeds the drying time and prevents the windows from freezing or cracking in the winter. Car windows can also be washed using this solution.

Eyeglass Lens and Screen Cleaner

  • 1 part rubbing alcohol
  • 1 part water
  • 1 drop liquid soap like Blue Dawn

Combine ingredients and pour into a small spray bottle. Spray onto a microfiber cloth rather than directly onto lenses, computer screen or other device. Rub to clean away all the fingerprints and other dirty grim. Look at that sparkle!

All-Purpose Liquid Cleaner 

  • 2 cups rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid, like Blue Dawn
  • 1 tablespoon household ammonia
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

Pour ingredients into a gallon jug. Fill with warm water and shake. You can put this in a spray bottle and use as you would Windex. Great for cleaning windows, chrome and bath fixtures, too!

Heavy Duty Window Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup household ammonia
  • 2 cups rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent, like Blue Dawn
  • Water

Mix ammonia, alcohol and detergent in gallon jug. Fill to top with water. Shake before each use. This solution is great in cleaning really dirty windows, taking tape marks off windows, and is also removes soap film from shower doors.

Granite Cleaner

  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 3 drops Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • 5 drops essential oil (optional, but makes it smell great)
  • water

Pour rubbing alcohol, soap and essential oil (if you choose) into a 16-oz. spray bottle. Add enough water to fill the bottle. Label and keep out of reach of children. Shake to mix. From now on, use this cleaner to keep your countertops beautifully clean and shiny without wrecking the sealant or causing any harm to the granite.

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