Rubbing alcohol is one of the most popular household cleaning products. You may have seen it used in many movies or TV shows such as “The Hangover” and “Breaking Bad”. There are even some commercials with celebrities using rubbing alcohol to clean up after partying. Rubbing alcohol is widely available at your local grocery store, drugstore, hardware store, Walmart and other stores. You can buy it online from Amazon . You can also purchase it from your local pharmacy. If you live in the United States, you will likely find rubbing alcohol in any supermarket.
Rubbing alcohol is also known as rubbing alcohol, liquid paraffin and paraffin oil. It comes in different strengths (from 0% to 40%). The strongest brand of rubbing alcohol is called J&B Chemical Company’s Purell which contains 99% pure ethanol.
Other brands include Everclear, Eagle Creek, and Tylenol. These brands all contain varying amounts of alcohol. The strength of rubbing alcohol varies depending on how much water is added to the product. So if you add just 1/4 cup of water to a bottle of rubbing alcohol, the amount of alcohol increases from 20 proof to 40 proof!
How Does Rubbing Alcohol Kills Bed Bugs?
Does rubbing alcohol kill bed bugs?
The short answer is YES. Rubbing alcohol will kill adult bed bugs and their eggs. It will also kill the nymphs and the newly hatched bed bugs or “bed bug babies”. It is a very effective way to getting rid of these nasty insects.
The only downside to using rubbing alcohol is that it dries out your skin. If you have dry skin, you will suffer more than someone else who does not have dry skin. If you have oily skin, rubbing alcohol will dry it out even more.
If you suffer from dry skin, you can apply some lotion or creams to protect your skin before you apply the rubbing alcohol to kill bed bugs. Rubbing alcohol evaporates very quickly so you should not suffer from a “burn”. You can also dilute the rubbing alcohol with water (50% water 50%) to reduce the drying effects.
Does Rubbing Alcohol Repel Bed Bugs?
Does rubbing alcohol repel bed bugs?
The quick answer is NO. Rubbing alcohol does not repel bed bugs. While rubbing alcohol does work to kill bed bugs, it will not repel them. This is important to know because some people believe that rubbing alcohol will keep the bed bugs away. This is not true. You can test this out yourself by spraying some rubbing alcohol on one arm and an insect repellent on the other arm. After a few minutes, the arms should be placed side by side on your bed. If the rubbing alcohol keeps the bed bugs away, then they will all be on the arm that did not get the rubbing alcohol.
Does Rubbing Alcohol Kill Dust Mites?
Does rubbing alcohol kill dust mites?
To answer this question, we need to understand what is a dust mite. A dust mite is a type of arachnid (ar-a-KN-id). That’s right, dust mites are actually tiny eight-legged creatures that resemble spiders.
These creepy critters feed on dead skin cells. Sounds gross but it’s 100% true. The average person sheds and loses 50 to 100 grams of skin a day.
Dust mites feed on this dead skin. They live in mattresses, carpets, bedding and pillows.
So do rubbing alcohol and other types of alcohol kill dust mites?
The quick answer is YES. Rubbing alcohol will kill dust mites. It will also kill their eggs. This will get rid of dust mites in your home or wherever you use it.
Using Rubbing Alcohol To Kill Dust Mites
Using rubbing alcohol to kill dust mites is pretty simple. Just follow these steps:
Gather all your pillows and wash them in hot water. Use a lot of soap to completely soak the pillow. You need to use a lot of soap because you need to break down the oils that are responsible for holding the pillow together.
Without the oils, the dust mites and their eggs will not be able to survive.
Next, you will need to wash all your bedding and blankets. Again, wash them in hot water with plenty of soap. This will get rid of any dust mites and their eggs that might be living in these items.
Once your pillows and bedding is clean, let it all air dry completely.
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