Rubbing alcohol has many practical uses around the farm. It’s inexpensive and easy to find, so there’s no reason not to have a bottle. While it shouldn’t be used to treat wounds (like previously thought), it can be useful for many other things. From cleaning to cooling, you may be surprised with just how helpful it can be!
1. Laundry: Mix one part rubbing alcohol and two parts water in a spray bottle. Dampen the stained area and toss it in the wash. It works wonders on grass stains! You can extend the life of polo wraps, saddle pads, and other fabric items.
2. No more sap: Rubbing alcohol can remove sap, tar, and other sticky substances that a horse might pick up outside.
3. Liniment: Use this handy solution as a liniment under standing wraps. Rub it on the legs until the alcohol evaporates, and then wrap the legs with the wraps. It acts as a cooling brace.
4. Disinfectant: It’s important to keep items sterile around the barn. Clean your thermometers, tick removal tools, and any other medical equipment used.
5. Evaporation: In some cases, it can be a good idea to use rubbing alcohol to cool down a horse quickly. It works better than water alone. It can even be used down the spine of your horse. Consult a vet in extreme situations though!
Whoa! Did you have any idea rubbing alcohol could be so useful?