Dynarex Sterile alcohol prep pads saturated with 70% isopropyl alcohol
- Soft and absorbent, non-woven pad
- Gamma Sterilized
- Latex Free
200 Per Box
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are some common uses for rubbing alcohol prep pads?
Rubbing alcohol is a common household chemical. Alcohol prep pads have several potential uses in personal care, as well as in general household cleaning.
However, the incorrect use of rubbing alcohol prep pads can cause serious side effects, including skin irritation and poisoning.
Here we list some common uses for rubbing alcohol prep pads. We also outline some situations in which a person should avoid using this chemical.
Common uses for rubbing alcohol prep pads include:
- Disinfecting tick bites
People can use rubbing alcohol prep pads after removing a tick from the skin. People can use tweezers to remove a tick carefully from the skin. Following its removal, they can use rubbing alcohol to disinfect the bite. They should apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton swab and dab it onto the area where the tick had attached itself.
- Caring for pierced ears
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), people can use rubbing alcohol to help clean the skin around new ear piercings. To do this, a person should dip a cotton ball or pad into the rubbing alcohol. They should then gently wipe it around the piercing on the front and back of the ear. People should clean the piercing twice a day to help prevent bacterial infections and scabbing.
It is important to note that some experts disagree with this advice, recommending that people avoid using rubbing alcohol because it might slow the healing process.
- Reducing body odor
Rubbing alcohol can help kill odor-causing bacteria. A person can apply rubbing alcohol under the armpits to help eliminate body odors. However, they should avoid applying rubbing alcohol soon after shaving, as this will cause stinging.
- Deodorizing shoes
Shoes can develop a strong odor, particularly if a person wears them while exercising or doing other physical activity. Spraying the insoles of the shoes with rubbing alcohol can help eliminate odor-causing bacteria. A person should fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and use this to spray the insides of the shoes. Leaving the shoes in the sun will help dry them out.
- Creating homemade room deodorizer
It is possible to make a room deodorizer by pouring rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and adding a few drops of an essential oil. A person can then spray the mixture around the room to help mask unpleasant odors.
- Creating homemade ice packs
By mixing water and rubbing alcohol, a person can create a reusable and malleable homemade ice pack. They can follow these steps:
- Fill a sealable freezer bag with 2 cups of water and 1 cup of 70% rubbing alcohol.
- Push as much air out as possible and seal the bag.
- Place the filled bag inside another freezer bag, pushing out as much air as possible before sealing it.
- Freeze for several hours.
Once the ice pack is ready, people can apply it to sore muscles or joints to relieve pain and inflammation.
- Cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces
Rubbing alcohol can help clean and disinfect hard surfaces. It is effective against most, but not all, pathogens. The main ingredient in rubbing alcohol is isopropyl alcohol (IA). Most rubbing alcohols contain about 70% IA, but the amount can range from 60% to 99%, depending on the product.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol solutions are most effective at concentrations of 60–90%. People should avoid using diluted solutions that have a concentration of 50% or below, as these will be less effective in killing pathogens.
- Disinfecting sponges and cloths
Rubbing alcohol can also help disinfect household items, such as bathroom or kitchen sponges or cleaning cloths. A person should pour some rubbing alcohol onto the sponge or cloth and let it soak for several minutes or hours inside a sealable container.
- Cleaning and sanitizing electronic devices
Alcohol evaporates quickly and can kill pathogens on phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices. It is best to use a rubbing alcohol with 99% IA for electronics. A person should apply a small amount of the rubbing alcohol to a paper towel or cloth and gently wipe it across the electronic device. This chemical can also help remove water from an electronic device if a person accidentally drops it into water or spills some water on it. If the device was switched off at the time, removing water with the rubbing alcohol should recover it.