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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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