Hand Sanitizer is something we seem to carry with us, have at home and at work. This gel can come in handy during cold and flu season and in extremely germy situations like hospitals, medical clinics, and doctors’ offices.
And while dermatologists recommend you don’t overuse it on your hands since it can really dry them out, there are plenty of other uses you may never have thought of. That’s the focus of this Household Hustler Highlight.
For one, you can use the gel to polish silverware. It cuts right through tarnish on silver. Just squirt a few drops on a soft cloth and rub away the tarnish.
When you’re spritzing with hairspray, it’s easy for the mirror to get caught in the crossfire. Getting it off your mirror can take a little effort but it’s easier with some hand sanitizer. Simply place some on a microfiber cloth or paper towel, wipe, and your mirror will sparkle again.
If your kids, or you, accidentally write on your whiteboard with a Sharpie or other permanent marker, here’s an easy remedy. First, write over the permanent marker with a dry erase pen and then wipe it all off using hand sanitizer. You may need to do this a few times to remove all traces.
Hand sanitizer is also great for cleaning your glasses. You could spend a few extra bucks on special eyeglass cleaner fluids. But if you have hand sanitizer lying in your reach, use that instead—it helps eliminate fingerprints and even hairspray from your eyeglasses.
You can actually use the product in place of deodorant. The reason armpits start to smell is bacteria which is why it makes perfect sense that rubbing hand sanitizer in your armpits will keep you smelling fresh when you forget your roll-on.
If you have teenagers, they might appreciate this tip. Hand sanitizer works great on acne. Again, bacteria is the cause of pimples so dab a bit of gel on the affected spot for immediate relief. Try it on bug bites, too.
If you happen to run out of dry shampoo, try some hand sanitizer. Squeeze a bit on your fingertips and massage lightly into your roots and your hair will look just as good.
If you haven’t cleaned the surface of your flat iron in a while, grab your hand sanitizer. The iron can be coated not only with hair products but bacteria. After the iron cools down, smear on some hand sanitizer, wait a few minutes and then wipe it clean.
You can also use the product to get your makeup brushes extra clean by rubbing them with sanitizer after you wash them. Make sure to allow the brushes to air dry fully.
You can also use hand sanitizer to get permanent ink off of clothing. Just be sure to dab at the stain, rather than rub, and place a piece of newspaper between layers so that the ink doesn’t bleed from one layer to the other.
The gel also works great at pre-treating stains before laundering. Rub some in, let it sit for one to three minutes, blot it away and apply Tide or similar detergent and then wash as directed on the label.