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8 Surprising Uses For Rubbing Alcohol You Didn’t Know

8 Surprising Uses For Rubbing Alcohol You Didn’t Know

You’ve probably already known that there are many uses for rubbing alcohol. It makes an excellent abrasive cleaner for tough stains and all that… but it also has other benefits you probably didn’t know about!

1. Deodorant replacement

Next time you forget your deodorant, don’t panic! You can actually use rubbing alcohol instead. The alcohol kills bacteria under your armpits which are the source of body odor. Just don’t use this as a permanent solution – rubbing alcohol can harm the skin if used for long periods of time.

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2. Homemade cooling pad

Alcohol has a lower freezing point. When you put it in the freezer, it simply turns into a cold, thick liquid. This trait makes rubbing alcohol great for putting together a homemade cooling pad! Just pour 2 parts water and 1 part alcohol into a baggie, put it in the freezer for a few hours, then use it to keep food in a cooler cold or as a cold pack for sprains.

3. Bed bug killer

Bed bugs are disgusting; everyone hates them. If you are unfortunate enough to find them in your home, they can be tough to get rid of. Rubbing alcohol is the answer! All you need to do is put some in a spray bottle then spray your mattress and pillows generously. Bed bugs lay eggs, so it’s important to do this multiple times so they don’t come back.

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4. Get rid of cold sores

Did you know 85% of our population are carriers of the herpes virus? Only a small percentage of us ever present symptoms, but it’s still a scary thought. If you ever do get cold sores, get 70% isopropyl alcohol and dab some onto the spots. According to the University of Michigan, this will make the herpes sores go away faster.

5. Cleaning your ears

Do you clean your ears with a Q-tip? This is actually highly dangerous; all you’re doing is pushing ear wax further down into your ear canal. This can cause a buildup and, in some cases, a painful blowout. Instead of ramming a Q-tip into your ear, mix some white vinegar and alcohol together in a small container. Dip the Q-tip in your homemade solution and gently place it in your ear. Let the solution do its job; don’t ram it in or move it around. The solution will naturally clean the wax from your ear. Afterwards, just dip the other end in some water and gently clean it out!

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6. Kills lice

Lice is another bug that’s incredibly gross and difficult to get rid of. Luckily, rubbing alcohol can do the trick! Just put some in a spray bottle with a small amount of lavender oil (for a better smell). Go outside so you don’t make a mess and apply it generously to your hair. Make sure you get the solution into your scalp! Then use a comb to comb out all the dead lice. Make sure to also soak the comb in the solution for at least an hour before you use it again.

7. Alleviate ingrown hairs

All those red dots after you shave are no fun. Just apply some rubbing alcohol to those areas on your skin and it should alleviate the problem and prevent bacterial infection!

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8. Homemade hand sanitizer

Alcohol is the base for most hand sanitizers, and you can make your own at home! Just mix 4 oz. aloe vera gel, a half tablespoon of isopropyl alcohol, and a few drops of tea tree oil into sealable bottle. It’s that easy!

Here’s a video if you need more help:

There you have it – 8 surprising,  yet practical, ways to use rubbing alcohol! Now go get yourself some rubbing alcohol and put it to good use.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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