Isopropyl alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol, is a common household staple that can be very helpful when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces or wounds. However, some people are worried about the chemical’s possible adverse effects on the body. Not to worry—there are a few alcohol-free alternatives.
Hydrogen peroxide is a stable compound that occurs naturally in nature and in the body. It’s as effective at disinfecting wounds and surfaces as isopropyl alcohol, destroying bacteria on contact. Hydrogen peroxide therapy may also help treat ailments such as emphysema, gingivitis, and infections.
Witch hazel is produced naturally from a shrub of the same name. It works mainly as an astringent, with anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects. When used topically or taken internally, witch hazel can help prevent and heal infections, slow bleeding, reduce swelling and pain, and may also help treat other ailments including sunburn, acne, and even tumors.
Vinegar is a non-chemical, acidic compound with a range of disinfectant properties that gives it the ability to kill most types of germs. It’s safe to use internally and topically and is so versatile it can also help treat skin inflammation, whiten teeth, or break down grime on household surfaces.