There are certain things that can be very difficult to clean when you keep a solvent-free, chemical free home.
A few of the kinds of things I’m referring to are permanent marker, tar,pitch and gooey sticker residue. Â Â As a cleaner, safer alternative to products such as WD-40, lighter fluidÂ and other toxic petroleum based solvents we use pure grain alcohol. ItÂ seems rather expensive at time of purchase but very little is requiredÂ per application. A quart sized bottle literally lasts us YEARS.
I have easily cleaned permanent marker off a leather couch by sprayingÂ small amounts of alcohol and rubbing with a damp, soft cotton cloth. WeÂ use alcohol to clean the sticky residues left behind from price stickersÂ and tape, pitch that has gotten on skin or on windshields… WhileÂ typically we use it to clean solid non-porous surfaces, we have alsoÂ successfully cleaned certain fabric stains by spraying and dabbing (notÂ rubbing) until the stain pulls out. Feel free to experiment, but beÂ careful with surfaces such as wood and some plastics. If you are unsure,
try a small test first.
Another excellent use of grain alcohol and perhaps our favorite, mostÂ used – is as a disinfectant. We use it as a travel hand sanitizer. IÂ carry a small, 2 ounce mister bottle filled with pure grain alcohol. ItÂ fits easily in my purse and is easy to use at any time. It’s great for
cleaning cuts too! Many of the commercial hand sanitizers are an alcoholÂ base but then there are all the questionable ingredients that are added,Â not to mention antibiotics which I personally try to minimize my contactÂ with.
When on the road or simply out running errands, and you’ve been handlingÂ money, rummaging through the thrift store, shaking hands with someoneÂ unwell or you just had to use an outhouse and there is nowhere to washÂ your hands – just spray each hand well, rub them together and they willÂ be dry and clean in moments.