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#1 of 11 Old 01-09-2008, 01:46 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So I have this bottle of "70% alcohol" and I'm guessing it's what I bought to wipe ds's umbilical cord in 2003.

I've been giving myself Lovenox shots every day for the last 15 weeks, and I've been using this to wipe my belly before a shot. I just tonight noticed it expires 02/05.

So do you think it's still good? It still stinks

And - is alcohol still recommended for cord care, or just let it air out?

And what else can I use this big bottle for? Obviously I haven't found much use for it in 4.5 years.
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Don't know about the expiration date, but you don't need it for cord care.
You just let it fall off.
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I left it alone other than to wipe the gooies away with some witch hazel.
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I use rubbing alcohol to sterilize earrings and my son's rectal thermometer. I also use it in a pinch when I have a nasty pimple that won't clear up - I just dab it on with a Q-tip - I normally prefer witch hazel but sometimes, like when the zit has roots, I need something stronger. I use it in my ears when I've been swimming and have water in there.

I don't use it a ton, but I do like to have it onhand. I used it maybe once a week or so for DS's cord, just like a PP said, on the gooey parts.
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Thanks - I'll leave her cord alone, and just keep using it for my shots.
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Yeah, we just leave the cord be.

I had no idea that it expired!

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Seems like if it still stinks, it'll still be working
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It's good for getting ink stains out of clothes. Pine tar too. (Of course you have to rinse thoroughly immediately, and you risk ruining your clothes if they weren't ruined already.)

Ask me how I know.

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I remember hearing recently that you should never put anything in or on a wound that you wouldn't put in your mouth (like isopropyl alcohol). I think it was on Oprah...

Does anyone know if that's true?
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I remember hearing recently that you should never put anything in or on a wound that you wouldn't put in your mouth (like isopropyl alcohol). I think it was on Oprah...

Does anyone know if that's true?
Dunno, but I like to use colloidal silver on wounds, cat scratches, zits, etc. They use it in burn units and it works fabulously. I went to a seminar put on by a holistic doctor, and she said to use calendula on wounds, as it cleans and helps promote healing. But I have the silver already and have good luck with it, so that's what I use.

The ped ended up having us use something on dd's cord because it stank something awful (she had a hematoma and it took forever to fall off). I can't remember what it was, though.

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I remember hearing recently that you should never put anything in or on a wound that you wouldn't put in your mouth (like isopropyl alcohol). I think it was on Oprah...

Does anyone know if that's true?
I saw that, too! He said not to put anything on a wound that you wouldn't put in your eye. Makes sense...ouch! LOL

We did use alcohol to clean the "gooey stuff" of DD's cord too.

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