Need another reason to keep a bottle of Remedi Pure 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitizer gel in your bag, car, locker, or at your desk? There are a surprising number of everyday uses for hand sanitizer. Here is a list of our top five favorites.
1. Disinfect Your Smartphone
Your cell phone is ten times dirtier than a toilet seat. Yes, you read that correctly.
Research has varied on just how many germs are crawling on the average smartphone, but a recent study found more than 17,000 bacterial gene copies on the phones of high school students. Other studies have found serious pathogens on cell phones, including Streptococcus, MRSA, and even E. coli.
Sanitizing wipes are great for cleaning off a smartphone quickly. Our Remedi Pure Sanitary Alcohol Wipes are made with 75% Isopropyl, the antibacterial formula is ideal for disinfecting any electronic device. Or, you can also place a penny-sized dab of sanitizer on a cotton ball or tissue to wipe down the phone. If you tend to use your phone all the time—including during meals—a daily cleanse with a disinfectant wipe is a good idea. Doctors also recommend keeping your phone out of the bathroom…for obvious reasons.
2. Sticker and Residue Removal
Is there anything more frustrating than trying to get the price sticker off of a new purchase? You pick, and pick, then pull, and only half the sticker comes off!
The next time you’re slowly picking away at a stuck-on-sticker, grab some hand sanitizer. A small pump of sanitizer onto the sticker will break down the adhesive. The sticker should slide right off. Then, a second wipe of sanitizer should get rid of any leftover sticky residue.
This also works for clothing. So the next time you peel a retail sticker off a pair of jeans or sweatshirt, gently rub a little sanitizer onto the residue. Then, toss your new purchase into the washing machine.
3. Dry Erase Board Restoration
Teachers, professors, students, coaches, and lovers of the big whiteboard, this one’s for you.
Dry erase boards should, in theory, do what they claim to and “erase” with ease. But if you’ve ever used a whiteboard or looked at one recently, you’ll probably notice faded, multicolored notes and drawings.
Hand sanitizer is safe to use on dry erase boards. It cleans the surface of bacteria and removes any leftover marks — turning your board back to its original, pristine white color.
4. Pimple Relief in a Pinch
Once the initial shock wears off, this alternative use for hand sanitizer is actually not so unbelievable.
Think about it. Sanitizer is 70% alcohol and gel-based. Most over-the-counter acne treatments are cream or gel-based and contain benzoyl peroxide which is about 20% alcohol. So while hand sanitizer is by no means a replacement acne treatment, it can be used in a pinch to help clean away skin-irritating bacteria, reduce redness and dry up the zit.
5. A Bug Bite Remedy
This one is a bit of a mystery, but many doctors will agree, hand sanitizer is a great way to soothe an itchy bug bite. The science works like this. As the alcohol evaporates, it cools the skin. Your brain registers the cooling sensation faster than the itching sensation giving you some temporary relief. How long the itch stays away seems to vary from person-to-person.
Before using this trick, it’s important to make sure the skin is not broken. If there’s a tiny cut or abrasion from scratching the bug bite, you’re going to feel a sting from the alcohol.
The sting will also take your mind off the itch, but it won’t be nearly as pleasant!
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