I think it’s safe to say many of us carry hand sanitizer with us or at least have it on our office desk. Yes, it’s great for killing germs on your hands but there are many more uses for it.
To start with, hand sanitizer is great at removing sticky labels. The adhesive residue is tough to remove with soap and water. Whether you’re removing sticky residue from your skin, furniture, wall, new dishes, or a handbag, hand sanitizer will make the job easier.
Fingerprints can ruin the look of your stainless steel appliances but you don’t need to buy special stainless steel cleaner if you have hand sanitizer. On a cloth, the gel will remove fingerprints, spattered oil, and other grease marks.
Instead of ripping off an adhesive bandage, rub some hand sanitizer over the sticky ends to release the adhesive. Wait a minute, and then painlessly remove the strip.
If you have a dirty keyboard, reach for the hand sanitizer. Studies show a keyboard can be just as dirty as a toilet. It’s best to use a cloth — preferably microfiber — to wipe your keyboard down. Be sure to unplug it or turn it off first.
Along this same line, the gel works great at cleaning your computer mouse and your touchscreen. Again, use a microfiber cloth.
If you travel a lot as I do, you obviously use public restrooms a lot. Before you sit down, squirt some hand sanitizer on some toilet paper and wipe down the surface. This may help you overcome any uneasiness you have about sharing the seat with strangers.
The next time you do your nails and notice you’ve run out of nail polish, clean your nails with hand sanitizer and let it sit for one minute. Using a cotton pad or tissue, wipe away and then repeat until your nails are clean.
You can also use hand sanitizer to clean your diamond ring. While not all gemstones are candidates for cleaning by hand sanitizer, diamonds can withstand the process and the results will be sparkling. Avoid using sanitizer if the setting is gold- or silver-plated, though, as the cleaner can disturb the plating.