Best Answer

See the related question Does rubbing alcohol kill germs? As a Registered Nurse, we use alcohol only for cleansing unbroken skin prior to administering an injection. What commonly is used for wound care is betadine (puchased generically at large retail stores, Walmart, Target, is cheaper). My experience is that alcohol is quite painful to an open wound (but cheaper than betadine). The latter is not painful and my understanding more effective. Betidine is diluted iodine. Note: Finding betadine can sometimes be a pain. Generally for minor scrapes, abrasions, and lacerations hydrogen peroxide will provide the best bang for your buck - as a medium sized bottle can run you as low as 79 cents and easily last you a year. Rubbing alcohol is not recommended for sensitive skin.. or people, but it certainly works - and well. It does have a habit of drying the skin out.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2009-05-26 02:35:18
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +5 pts
Q: Can rubbing alcohol be used to disinfect a wound?
Write your answer...

Related Questions

Should rubbing alcohol be used to disinfect?

can you use alcohol gel with bloodBorne Pathogene

Is there any medical use for alcohol?

Pure alcohol (or rubbing alcohol) is very commonly used to disinfect shallow wounds.

Can rubbing alcohol be used on pets?

No! It is best to use peroxide on a wound and better yet see your vet! It's possible a wound could get infected.

What can be used in place of rubbing alcohol?

Vodka or GinAlso note: Hydrogen Peroxide, Betadine (Povidone Iodine), Witch Hazel and a myriad of other products exist to help disinfect wounds. The vast majority of which do not burn as badly as Isopropyl Alcohol. If you're looking for something to disinfect objects with or if you cannot purchase these other products, then like previously suggested -- Vodka would work well.

Why are alcohol pads in first aid kit?

Alcohol pads normally contain Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) which is used to sterilize or disinfect. Can be used on minor scrapes and cuts but it hurts like hell so they are generally used to clean things i.e. - tweezers, safety pins etc.

What kind of alcohol is used as rubbing alcohol?

Isopropyl alcohol.

Why alcohol is used to disinfect equipment?

Alcohol is used to disinfect surgical equipment and other items which need to be made sterile before re-use because bugs can't live in alcohol. Heat is used for the same purpose.

Does rubbing alcohol kill viruses?

Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol can be used as a disinfectant. Rubbing alcohol can kill the HIV, hepatitis B, herpes, influenza and other viruses.

What is rubbing alcohol?

Isopropyl (or methyl) alcohol (or possibly ethyl alcohol) normally has the name "rubbing alcohol" applied to it. It is alcohol suitable for external use only; it's not safe for consumption. It is packaged with a bit of water, and the alcohol content varies from one manufacturer to another. It's between 70% and 95% alcohol depending who the supplier is.Rubbing alcohol can be used as a cooling rub for patients, or as an antiseptic. Note that alcohol should not be used as a disinfectant in an open wound -- it's painful and not great with disinfecting wounds.its alcohol that you rub on your skin and it gets you wasted.

What is rubbing alcohal?

Rubbing alcohol is denatured alcohol or isopropanol in water. It is used as a disinfectant or to sooth aching muscles. Alcohol is also used a cleaning agent.

What is green rubbing alcohol used for?

Green rubbing alcohol is used in the same ways that regular rubbing alcohol is used. It is used for first-aid like scrapes and cuts, but generally has additives like menthol oil to smell and feel tingly and minty.

What are other names for rubbing alcohol?

Rubbing Alcohol is a term that is not used to refer specifically to a particular type of alcohol. In common language, it can be used to stand for: Denatured Alcohol, Denaturized Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, and Isopropanol. In addition, it is also sometimes applied to Ethanol, or Ethyl Alcohol. There are different formulas used in commercial Rubbing Alcohol and in some countries, as in the US, a specific formula is mandated for products sold under the label of "Rubbing Alcohol".

What type of alcohol is used for cosmetic preservatives?

Standard rubbing alcohol.

What is a chemical used to disinfect or kill organisms?

One of the many is ethyl alcohol.

What is alcohol used to treat?

Use RUBBING ALCOHOL to treat shallow cuts.

What is the compound symbol for rubbing alcohol?

Rubbing alcohol is nothing but 97-99% ethyl alcohol which has been widely used as soothing and cooling liquid.Often ethanol can be raplaced by isopropyl alcohol.

Will rubbing alcohol ruin a microsuede couch?

If used sparingly, especially in cases of using rubbing alcohol to clean a small stain, rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly enough to not cause damage to microsuede furniture.


Usually zero ml because ethanol is not normally used in rubbing alcohol. However, there is a little Ethanol-based rubbing alcohol and rubbing alcohol is usually 70 percent, so multiply 50 ml x .7 to get your answer.

Can rubbing alcohol be used to clean gym equipment?


What can be used to reduce the chance of an infection?

Rubbing alcohol

Can rubbing alcohol be used as lighter fluid?


How do you use rubbing alcohol to break a fever?

Rubbing alcohol can be applied directly to the skin, or it can be used to soak a pad, which is then applied to the skin. Either way, the rubbing alcohol cools the skin as it evaporates. That said, using small applications of rubbing alcohol to cool the skin will probably not be sufficient, in itself, to break a fever. Rubbing alcohol can be used as an adjunct to other fever-reducing measures, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or cold bath (with the advice of a health practitioner).

When not to use rubbing alcohol?

When used rubbing alcohol is a fairly safe cleaning agent. The main problem its effectiveness as a solvent, sometimes it will destroy the item when trying to clean the item. It is not for some surface. Rubbing alcohol should always be used in a well ventilated area. Keep rubbing alcohol away from painted surfaces, shellac, lacquer, and some man made fabrics.

What is the Local name of rubbing alcohol used in Ayurveda?


What can be used to clean a shower as an alternative to rubbing alcohol?