6th October 2019


Can you use vinegar instead of rubbing alcohol?

White vinegar, or acetic acid, and isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol, are inexpensive and handy for use around the house. Both can be used for cleaning, and they're also fairly good disinfectants. Isopropyl alcohol will burn, but vinegar won't.

What can be used in place of rubbing alcohol?

Isopropyl alcohol disinfects skin by killing bacteria, but it is harsh on skin. Another alternative to isopropyl alcohol as a sanitizer is hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2. Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive, it cleans minor wounds to prevent infection, and it does not sting as much as rubbing alcohol.

Can hand sanitizer be used as a substitute for rubbing alcohol?

Ethanol is pure alcohol, so it can be digested (but can make you sick). Other than that, the purpose of hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol is the same; they both kill bacteria, although isopropyl is a little stronger than ethanol. Here are some uses of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer that I have used with success.
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