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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If the hair is above the skin and reachable, sterilize a tweezer (use a cotton ball covered in rubbing alcohol), and pluck the hair. Loni Venti, Teen Vogue, "How To Get Rid of Ingrown Hair: 9 Tips to Heal Your Skin," 5 Oct. 2018 First, your doctor will disinfect your skin with rubbing alcohol to try to prevent an infection, Dr. Bailey says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Bad Is It Really to Remove an Ingrown Hair Yourself?," 20 Sep. 2018 To do this, grab some rubbing alcohol and sterilize the blister and surrounding skin. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "A Visual Guide to Identifying First-, Second- and Third-Degree Burns," 6 Aug. 2018 To avoid infection and other complications, the AAP recommends having a medical professional perform a piercing, using rubbing alcohol or some form of disinfectant., "Kylie Jenner Pierces 5-Month-Old Daughter Stormi's Ears: How Safe Is the Procedure for Babies?," 12 July 2018 Be sure to disinfect your pruners with rubbing alcohol or another disinfectant between pruning cuts. Beth Botts,, "Have a dying spruce tree? Fungus may be the culprit," 23 May 2018 Then thoroughly clean the bite (and your hands) with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Only Thing You Should Do If a Tick Lands on You," 18 May 2017 Window cleaner: Mix 2 cups rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/2 teaspoon dish washing liquid in a spray bottle and top with distilled water. Doreen Christensen,, "Dear Doreen's Deals: Locked-up carts at Aldi keep prices low; what's tax-free for back to school," 13 July 2018 Ink Clothing Leverette recommends dipping a cotton swab in clear rubbing alcohol and gently lifting the stain from the outside edge toward the center, swapping swabs as soon as each absorbs the ink. NBC News, "How to get stains out of almost anything," 24 June 2018

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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

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

rubbing alcohol

rub·​bing alcohol | \ˈrəb-iŋ-ˌ \

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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