Definition of rubbing alcohol in US English:

rubbing alcohol


North American
  • Denatured alcohol, typically perfumed, used as an antiseptic or in massage.

    • ‘The stench of rubbing alcohol and formaldehyde was almost unbearable.’
    • ‘Sponge with a piece of cotton dipped in rubbing alcohol.’
    • ‘Do not use rubbing alcohol on your child's skin.’
    • ‘An excellent liniment for bruises, aches and sprains is made from a combination of myrrh, golden seal and cayenne, macerated in rubbing alcohol for about two weeks.’
    • ‘There's a bottle of rubbing alcohol that's already been opened.’
    • ‘In the cleaning solution bucket, add one cup each of ammonia and one cup of vinegar, plus two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and stir.’
    • ‘Sterilize a clean, sharp needle by wiping it with rubbing alcohol.’
    • ‘Avoid rubbing alcohol or any skin care product that contains alcohol as these destroy natural oils on the skin and make it dry out faster.’
    • ‘Use a non abrasive cleaner to clean the surface followed by rubbing alcohol, which will remove any residue.’
    • ‘A homemade cure, however, can be mixed from a solution of half rubbing alcohol and half vinegar.’
    • ‘Get rid of buildup on windows by first wiping them with rubbing alcohol, then rinsing with two tablespoons of vinegar in one quart of water.’
    • ‘Wipe both sides with a paper towel moistened with rubbing alcohol.’
    • ‘Soak them or wipe them down with a solution of ordinary rubbing alcohol.’
    • ‘A drop or two of rubbing alcohol may help dry the area.’
    • ‘If regular rubbing alcohol doesn't work ask your pharmacist for denatured alcohol.’
    • ‘Blot stains with solvent cleaner such as rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol, or dry cleaning fluid or your favorite household solvent cleaner.’
    • ‘A solution of acetone nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, and club soda, shaken around well enough, will help remove any material you couldn't remove with a vacuum.’
    • ‘I mix it with rubbing alcohol to speed up evaporation.’
    • ‘Soak hair-care items like combs, barrettes, hair ties or bands, headbands, and brushes in rubbing alcohol or medicated shampoo for 1 hour.’
    • ‘To clean the glass baubles, place a terry towel in the bottom of a sink, partially fill with water adding some automatic dishwashing detergent and rubbing alcohol.’


rubbing alcohol

/ˈrəbɪŋ ˈælkəˌhɔl/