These uses for hand sanitizer are bound to surprise you. Who knew it was so versatile?
These days I see hand sanitizer dispensers just about everywhere I go: on counters at school, on reception desks, and just inside the door at the grocery store. As someone prone to catching every little bug that goes around, I’m grateful to all of these places for providing it for free — I just wish more people would use it!
Not long ago, I stumbled across a great sale on the stuff so I stocked up. Wintertime is cold and flu season, after all, and clean hands are the first line of defense. But that got me to wondering if there are other ways to use the stuff? Turns out, there are quite a few!
Surprising Uses for Hand Sanitizer
1. Give your phone’s screen a shine with a dab of the stuff on a soft cloth. Believe me, your phone could use a good sanitizing.
2. Clean your glasses or sunglasses. It’ll eliminate those hairspray specks, too.
3. Dab it on a zit. The alcohol in hand sanitizer will dry that thing right up.
4. Erase “permanent” markers from white boards, clothing and walls. (Be sure to test in an inconspicuous spot first.)
5. Get rid of paint stains on just about any surface, including paint brushes.
6. Remove sticky residue from labels.
7. Stop mosquito bites from itching. Really!
8. Sanitize your makeup brushes after washing them — just rub a little hand sanitizer in the bristles and allow them to air dry.
9. Emergency deodorant: wipe it on and let it dry. Don’t do this on freshly-shaved pits, though.
10. Clean mirrors and windows in a pinch. (Bonus: it will prevent frost and fogging!)
11. Disinfect minor wounds in an emergency.
12. Get sticky pine pitch off your hands and other surfaces.
13. Clean and deodorize spills on car seats between washings.
14. Treat greasy stains prior to washing clothes. (Use unscented, uncolored sanitizer for this.)
15. Clean dusty candles: wipe on then wipe away the dust.
16. Get fingerprints off stainless steel. Yep, even your refrigerator!
17. Finally, hand sanitizer can fend off vicious dogs (video link), too, but I don’t think I’ll test that.
Be sure to keep your hand sanitizer out of the reach of children. Maybe even teenagers, too, since apparently they’re drinking it these days.