rubbing alcohol


Definition of rubbing alcohol

: a cooling and soothing liquid for external application that contains approximately 70 percent denatured ethanol or isopropanol

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Thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "Your Complete Guide to Surviving Tick Season," 22 Jan. 2018 If any stains remain, sponge the surface with a cloth moistened in 1 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 cup warm water — but do a spot test on a hidden area first to make sure the fabric won't get damaged. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 If the wax is down into the fibers, put rubbing alcohol on a clean, white cloth, and blot and press until the wax is removed. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Educational partnership," 19 Aug. 2019 Another trick some gardeners use is to daub the mealy bug clusters with rubbing alcohol. Tom Maccubbin,, "Zinnias can be added to summer gardens in Florida," 27 July 2019 Then clean the area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Ways to Avoid Ticks, According to Doctors," 12 July 2019 Clean the area thoroughly with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Ticks Are Posing Higher Risks for More People and Pets, According to Experts," 10 Apr. 2019 Instead, drop the tick into rubbing alcohol before disposing. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Tick," 13 June 2019 Timiyah had poured rubbing alcohol on her arms, Owens said, and one of the others had lit the fire. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, "Internet ‘fire challenge’ leaves 12-year-old Detroit girl severely burned," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of rubbing alcohol

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rubbing alcohol was in 1902

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English Language Learners Definition of rubbing alcohol

US : a liquid that contains alcohol and water and that is used to clean wounds or skin

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Medical Definition of rubbing alcohol

: a cooling and soothing liquid for external application that contains approximately 70 percent denatured ethanol or isopropyl alcohol

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