Dynarex Sterile Alcohol Wipes (prep pads)
70% isopropyl alcohol
Saturated with 70% isopropyl alcohol large 100/box
Soft and absorbent, non-woven pad
Gamma Sterilized, Latex Free
Packaging: 100 Per Box
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are some uses for isopropyl alcohol wipes?
Medical practices uses:
There’s a good reason alcohol wipes are a part of most people’s first-aid kits. You can use it for the following medical purposes:
- Antiseptic. Alcohol wipes are a natural bactericidal treatment. This means it kills bacteria but doesn’t necessarily prevent their growth. Rubbing alcohol wipes can also kill fungus and viruses. However, it’s important a person uses a rubbing alcohol wipes concentration of no less than a 50 percent solution. Otherwise, the solution may not effectively kill bacteria.
- Postoperative nausea. An evidence review found the time to relief of postoperative nausea symptoms was 50 percent faster when smelling rubbing alcohol compared to traditional medications used to treat nausea, such as ondansetron (Zofran). Smelling rubbing alcohol can quickly help relieve nausea, usually when you smell a soaked cotton pad or ball.
- Surface disinfectant. You can use alcohol wipes as a disinfectant for items like scissors, thermometers, and other surfaces. However, alcohol isn’t always reliable enough as a hospital-grade disinfectant. It can also damage the protective coating on some items, such as plastic tiles or glasses lenses.
Home health uses:
Most manufacturers sell rubbing alcohol in different formulation strengths, namely 70 or 90 percent rubbing alcohol. As a general rule, 70 percent rubbing alcohol is more friendly for use on your skin.
- Astringent. Alcohol wipes are a natural astringent that can help to tighten pores and leave your skin feeling refreshed. Apply after cleansing your skin and before applying moisturizer or sunscreen. Unfortunately, rubbing alcohol wipes can be very drying to skin so don’t use on any dry areas. Also, applying it after shaving or to open acne areas can cause a burning sensation.
- Deodorant. Rubbing alcohol can be a quick helper if you’re out of deodorant. You can spray directly on your armpit, but avoid after shaving since it can sting. Some people also mix essential oils such as lavender with the alcohol for a skin-soothing scent.
- Evaporating water from the ear. If you’ve got water in your ears from a pool, mix a solution of 1/2 teaspoon rubbing alcohol and 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar. Pour or place the solution using a dropper into your ear while your head is to the side. Allow the solution to drain out. Don’t apply it if you have an ear infection or tear in your eardrum as the solution could go deeper into your ear.
- Liniment for muscle aches. Applying a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol on aching muscles can create a cooling sensation and stimulate blood flow to aching areas. Only apply to a small area. Putting alcohol on your entire body could cause harmful neurological effects because your skin can soak it in.
- Shapeable ice packs. Ice packs can become shapeable thanks to rubbing alcohol. To make, combine one part alcohol with three parts water in a well-sealed plastic bag and place in the freezer. Before using, wrap a soft cloth around the bag and apply to any areas that need icing.
What are some warnings for isopropyl alcohol?
- 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.
- Rubbing alcohol is also highly flammable, so never use it near an open flame or high heat.
- If you use rubbing alcohol and have signs of an allergic reaction, such as problems breathing, hives, facial swelling, or swelling of your lips, tongue, or throat, call 911 (or your local emergency number) and seek emergency medical attention.
What are some reasons not to use rubbing alcohol?
Despite what the internet might say, the following aren’t great uses for rubbing alcohol.
- Acne. Use rubbing alcohol with caution on acne-prone skin. The rubbing alcohol can be very drying, which could cause your skin to overproduce oil and worsen blemishes. If you have any open skin areas, the rubbing alcohol could also burn when applied.
- Fever. Parents used to use rubbing alcohol applied to a child’s skin to give off a cooling sensation. However, this method is potentially dangerous because a child’s skin can absorb the alcohol and become toxic. Even adults can have neurological and heart problems from applying alcohol-soaked towels to bare skin.
- Baths. Alcohol baths are dangerous for the same reason as applying alcohol to the skin for fevers. The body may absorb the alcohol and cause toxic symptoms.
- Lice. Although rubbing alcohol can help to kill lice, it can also cause chemical burns on the scalp. Avoid this method in favor of more proven treatments, such as medicated lice shampoos.