Isopropyl Alcohol,Isopropanol 100%,Rubbing Alcohol, IPA
With So many uses, Isopropyl Alcohol is a handy product to have in every Australian home, whether you’re on the worksite or at home in the garage.
Aside from killing germs, Isopropyl Alcohol evaporates quickly & can be used on a multitude of surfaces for a multitude of purposes!
Here are some of the purposes other people use Isopropyl Alcohol for …
GENERAL USES FOR ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL:
Removing paint, grease, ink, silicone & grime from surfaces
Cleaning electronic belongings Eg. computer screen, keyboard
Cleaning brush ware without degrading natural bristles
Cleaning walls prior to adhesion of wall hall hooks
Cleaning garden equipment & work tools
Removing sticky residue from surfaces
Cleaning a multitude of surfaces: glass, bench tops & more
And so many more!
MORE SPECIFIC USES FOR ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL:
Remove hair spray from mirrors
Clean venetian blinds
Keep windows sparkling and frost-free
Dissolve windshield frost
Prevent ring around the collar
Clean your phone
Remove ink stains
Erase permanent markers
Get rid of fruit flies
Make a shape able ice pack
Clean bathroom fixtures
Remove surface rust from surfaces
Polish Chrome surfaces
12 Ways to Use Rubbing Alcohol
From household cleaning to defrosting your car’s windshield in seconds — rubbing alcohol has uses you’ll find truly handy.
1. Remove hair spray from mirrors
When you are spritzing your head with hair spray, some of it inevitably winds up on the mirror. A quick wipe with rubbing alcohol will whisk away that sticky residue and leave your mirror sparkling clean.
2. Clean Venetian blinds
Rubbing alcohol does a terrific job of cleaning the slats of venetian blinds. To make quick work of the job, wrap a flat tool ? a spatula or maybe a 6-inch (15-centimeter) drywall knife ? in cloth and secure with a rubber band. Dip in alcohol and go to work.
3. Keep windows sparkling and frost-free
Do your windows frost up in the wintertime? Wash them with a solution of 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol to 1 quart (1 litre) water to prevent the frost. Polish the windows with newspaper after you wash them to make them shine.
4. Dissolve windshield frost
Wouldn’t you rather be inside savouring your morning coffee a little longer instead of scrape, scrape, scraping frost off your car windows? Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spritz the car glass. You’ll be able to wipe the frost right off. Ah, good to the last drop!
5. Prevent ring around the collar
To prevent your neck from staining your shirt collar, wipe your neck with rubbing alcohol each morning before you dress. Feels good too.
6. Clean your phone
Is your phone getting a bit grubby? Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. It’ll remove the grime and disinfect the phone at the same time.
7. Remove ink stains
Did you get ink on your favourite shirt or dress? Try soaking the spot in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes before putting the garment in the wash.
8. Erase permanent markers
Did your little angel just decide to decorate your counter top with a permanent marker? Don’t worry, most counter tops are made of a non permeable material such as plastic laminate or marble. Rubbing alcohol will dissolve the marker back to a liquid state so you can wipe it right off.
9. Remove dog ticks
Ticks hate the taste of rubbing alcohol as much as they love the taste of your dog. Before you pull a tick off Fido, dab the critter with rubbing alcohol to make it loosen its grip. Then grab the tick as close to the dog’s skin as you can and pull it straight out. Dab again with alcohol to disinfect the wound. This works on people too.
10. Get rid of fruit flies
The next time you see fruit flies hovering in the kitchen, get out a fine-misting spray bottle and fill it with rubbing alcohol. Spraying the little flies knocks them out and makes them fall to the floor, where you can sweep them up. The alcohol is less effective than insecticide, but it’s a lot safer than spraying poison around your kitchen.
11. Make a shape able ice pack
The problem with ice packs is they won’t conform to the shape of the injured body part. Make a slushy, conformable pack by mixing 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a self-closing plastic bag. The next time that sore knee acts up, wrap the bag of slush in a cloth and apply it to the area.
12. Clean bathroom fixtures
Just reach into the medicine cabinet the next time you need to clean chrome bathroom fixtures. Pour some rubbing alcohol straight from the bottle onto a soft, absorbent cloth and the fixtures. No need to rinse ? the alcohol just evaporates. It does a great job of making chrome sparkle, plus it will kill any germs in its path.
Isopropanol is a nan-potable alcohol, suitable for industrial cleansing where a waterless environment is desired.
Isopropyl is widely used as a solvent and as a cleaning fluid, especially for dissolving lipophilic contaminants such as oil. Examples of this use include cleaning electronic devices such as contact pins (like those on ROM cartridges), magnetic tape and disk heads (such as those in audio and video tape recorders and floppy disk drives), the lenses of lasers in optical disc drives (e.g. CD, DVD) and removing thermal paste from IC packages (such as CPUs.) It is also used to clean LCD and glass computer monitor screens (at some risk to the anti-reflection coating of some screens), and used by many music shops to give second-hand or worn records newer-looking sheens (though it may leach plasticiser from vinyl, making it more rigid). Pure isopropyl alcohol should not be used to clean vinyl records. Isopropyl alcohol also works well at removing smudges, dirt, and fingerprints from cell phones and PDAs. It is effective at removing residual glue from some sticky labels (but some other adhesives used on tapes and paper labels are resistant to it.) It can also be used to remove stains from most fabrics, wood, cotton, etc. Isopropyl alcohol is also used to remove brake fluid traces from hydraulic disk brake systems, so that the brake fluid (usually DOT 3, DOT 4 or mineral oil) does not contaminate the brake pads, which would result in poor braking. In addition it can also be used to clean paintballs or other oil based products so that they may be reused, commonly known as “repainting”.
IPA can also be used as a coupling agent (cleaning and polishing), an extractant, a dehydrating fluid, a de-icing fluids, a cooling system medium (frozen food industry), a wetting agent (lithographic printing, and chemical intermediate (manufacture of other materials) and on through-hole and surface mounted boards, hybrids, cables, connectors and bare boards as well as a fibre optic cleaning agent.