Does Alcohol Kill Germs? Rubbing Alcohol Uses, Per Doctors

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If you look at any bottle of hand sanitiser, you’ll probably notice alcohol as a main ingredient (well, hopefully at least). Not to mention the fact that rubbing alcohol is a staple in many first-aid kits. So…does alcohol kill germs and could you use it in place of, say, hand sanitiser or cleaning fluid? And what about those people who always joke that a stiff drink helps them keep the germs away?

It’s a confusing topic, but let’s get one thing straight before proceeding further: Rubbing alcohol and what you order at the bar are two very different things. The stuff that comes in a shot glass is ethyl alcohol, while the stuff found in the plastic bottle found in first aid kits is isopropyl alcohol, which is much more potent and not really meant to be swallowed, per Poison Control guidelines.

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