Rubbing alcohol, also known as Isopropyl Alcohol, is a clear, colorless, and flammable liquid with a strong, distinct odor. It is a versatile product that is used for a variety of purposes, including as a cleaning agent, a solvent, and as a topical antiseptic. It is typically made by combining water and isopropyl alcohol, which is then distilled to produce a solution that is typically between 70-99% alcohol by volume. Rubbing alcohol is often used to clean and disinfect surfaces, as well as to sterilize medical equipment. It is also used as a cooling and soothing agent for minor skin irritations and as a solvent for several household and industrial uses. Due to its flammable nature, it should be handled and stored with care.
Even though one may think that a higher concentration of isopropyl alcohol in rubbing alcohol is more effective, experts say that 70% is actually better for disinfecting. This is because it has more water, which helps it to dissolve more slowly. 1)