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5 uses of antiseptic liquid you probably didn’t know about

Here’s how you can use antiseptic liquid around the house for a variety of cleaning and disinfection purposes.

Do you have antiseptic liquid at home that you barely use? You probably didn’t know you could use it –

#1 As aftershave liquid.

Some men have a tough, bristly beard, which means they must shave twice to get the stubble off. This causes some amount of ‘razor burn’, i.e. a burning, tingling sensation on the surface of the skin. It needs an aftershave lotion to soothe it and disinfect the skin as well. However, if you have nicked yourself with the razor, then the aftershave lotion will burn (it contains alcohol). Save yourself the discomfort: add a few drops of antiseptic liquid to a mug of cold water and wash your face.

#2 To treat skin infections.

Apart from working like a salve on cut skin, antiseptic liquid has superb applications in treating topical skin infections. Skin infections are caused due to an overgrowth of germs on the surface, which can cause anything from rashes to flaking, and even boils. You can add a few drops of the liquid to clean, filtered water and give the affected area a sponge or wash about thrice a day. It kills the harmful, infectious germs and lets the skin heal. Also try this water on your scalp if you suffer from dandruff, and on your face if you have acne.

#3 To wash the clothes of a sick person.

Those suffering from infectious illnesses like fever, cold and chicken pox, must be quarantined to one room of the house to contain the infection. Once the ill person recovers, you should wash their clothes separately, away from the rest of the family’s clothing. When you wash their clothes, pre-soak them in a bucket of water to which a measure of antiseptic liquid has been added. You can even add the liquid to the last wash in the washing machine.

#4 To clean the kitchen and kill germs from cooktops.

Since antiseptic disinfectant is meant to kill germs, you should use it to clean the cooktops and food preparation areas in the kitchen. Doing this daily is important, since most stomach ailments originate from unclean cooking surfaces, and unhygienic prep areas. Once in the morning and right after dinner is cooked, spritz all cooking and prep areas with an antiseptic liquid solution. Wipe down with antibacterial wipes and let it air dry.

#5 To clean musty air.

The air in a closed room is often musty, and trapped air becomes quite dangerous when pollutants and infectious germs are mixed up in it. You could breathe in this air and become really sick. Add antiseptic liquid to a bottle of water and spray it in the air liberally. Keep the doors and windows closed for at least 5 minutes. Let the air settle before you open the windows again. This cleans the air and kills airborne infectious germs.