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Alternative And Practical Uses Of Hand Sanitizer.

Updated on July 1, 2012

Hand sanitizer has quickly become a favorite for helping reduce bacterial germs. With its gel and alcohol mixture and the imagination of people who discover things used in a pinch, these hand cleaners have been finding its way into unique and useful applications. Enjoy discovering the alternative and practical use of hand sanitizer.

Hate those nasty ashtrays? Use a dab of a scented hand gel and apply with cloth. Burnt stains come up easily and the scent will linger, especially when a cigarette is put out in them!

Glass and ceramic often have those stubborn sticker glue that refuses to let go. The sanitizer, with a little dab, will quickly break the glue down and dissolve for an easy wipe. Have burnt cheese on glass pan or Teflon skillet? The combination of the alcohol and gel will help loosen the burnt remains and lift from surface. If you run out of window cleaner, then with dry cloth and a dab or two, you can wipe that mirror streak free!

Paint stains, permanent markers and ink pens on counters, fingers and clothing can be spot treated with remarkable satisfaction. On clothing be sure to use unscented and only on small stains, and dab or blot with dry rag. And those erase boards that have the lingering shadows of markers, this hand sanitizer works in cleaning the board completely.

And the alternative and practical use of hand sanitizer goes on and on…

Are you having a stressful day and one of those bumps show up on your face? Be sure to use unscented hand gel and dab small amount on the pimple. The alcohol will draw out excess oil and bacteria. The gel aids in the healing. but not recommended for large patches, just those occasional moments!

If you are out camping and packed that bottle of sanitizing gel, you will always have a fire accelerator. And what about those guns you mean to keep cleaning? Unscented hand gel is an excellent weapon cleaner. While you are camping, you may find a need to use your pocket knife for medical reasons or cooking. Be sure to sanitize it with the hand gel.

Every get caught at work with failing deodorant? Use a dab in hand and apply under the arms to refresh. But because of the alcohol content this application is not recommended in place or deodorant, but simply in one of those pinches!

There are days when fly away hair is annoying. Simple dab some in the hands and comb through the hair. You will be able to manage those flyaway’s instantly. Keep handy in your purse, so you can use to clean those public toilet seats before use.

Hand sanitizer is not just hand sanitizer anymore. People are finding new alternative and practical uses of hand sanitizer. Try some of these ideas out and be amazed at the results. Maybe this would be good stock to buy?!


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      3 years ago

      Great! That sounds new to me... So many alternatives! Loved the idea of removing those stubborn stains from the glasses. Thanks...

    • backporchstories profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Thank you!

    • Ariana Phillips profile image

      Ariana Phillips 

      6 years ago from Utah

      I agree with kathy. I didn't know that there were so many alternative uses for hand sanitizer. Now that you mention them, they make complete sense.

      Great article.

    • kathyjones1952@at profile image


      6 years ago from Jasper, Alabama

      YW :)!

    • backporchstories profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Thanks for reading, Kathy!

    • kathyjones1952@at profile image


      6 years ago from Jasper, Alabama

      This is a great article! I use hand sanitizer all the time just on my hands and I wasn't aware it could be used for so many other things :)!

    • backporchstories profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Kentucky

      It was amazing with that I researched and yet is not in the article....sounds like "part two" coming.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow now I think why didn't I think of that! I will be carrying a small container in my purse from now on for public toilet seats and ashtrays watch out!


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