Ethanol is a clear colourless liquid made from a natural sugarcane process. The ethanol boiling point of ethanol is 78 °C and the flashpoint is 11 °C. The product is commonly found as ethanol fuel in e10 fuel, often referred to as grain alcohol or ethyl alcohol. Our ethanol is 99% with a 1% denaturant in it so it is not food safe or suitable for drinking. Ethanol can be used to extract oils, disinfectant, sterilise medical equipment, as a window cleaner, and there are many more uses. Additionally, ethanol is perfect for indoor or outdoor ethanol heaters.
Ethanol mixes well with water, and you will find that ethyl alcohol is a common ingredient in cosmetics, cleaners and fuels. When using ethanol on the skin as rubbing alcohol it is recommended to dilute it down to about 70%. You can also add in a fragrance to mix with ethanol to make as a disinfectant to use around the home.
Ethanol is a very versatile product and can be used in a variety of applications. It is an effective solvent in the paints, lacquers and varnish industry. You will also find that it is found in a lot of cosmetics such as toners and makeup brush cleaners. It can be used as a window cleaner, spray and wipe disinfectant, and a steriliser.
The Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has two approved formulations that can be used for sanitisation. One being Ethanol which is highly recommended for sanitising surfaces to kill germs and bacteria that stay on kitchen benches, bathrooms and doorknobs. Ethanol can be used at a rate of >70% to be effective. It is Australia made which is a great bonus!
Ethanol 99% vs. Ethanol 70%
Ethanol 99% is more suited to cleaning type applications when a quick evaporation rate is required. Whereas ethanol 70% is also known as rubbing alcohol, that can be used on the skin to disinfect and kill bacteria. The difference is the moisture content and the strength of the alcohol. The higher the strength the more it will flash off but in the circumstance when you need to kill bacteria, sometimes the 70% works better as it has longer surface time, therefore, more time to kill the germs.
Ethanol vs. Bioethanol
Both the chemicals are designed to process the same way for all applications. The only difference is how each product is made. The bioethanol is considered to be made through an eco-friendly process using contemporary materials, whereas the ethanol is made from fossil raw materials.
Also referred to as Isopropanol, IPA and Rubbing Alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol is a clear, colourlesss solvent and is miscible in water and hydrocarbon solvents. The flashpoint of isopropyl alcohol is 12ºC with a fast evaporation rate. Isopropyl Alcohol is a multi-purpose surface cleaner suitable for a wide variety of uses. There are three main types of Isopropyl Alcohol: Isopropyl Alcohol 70%, Isopropyl Alcohol 99%, and Isopropyl Alcohol 100%.
The difference between Isopropyl Alcohol and Rubbing Alcohol is that Isopropyl Alcohol is defined as pure, either 99% or 100%, whereas Rubbing Alcohol refers to the 70% variant. Rubbing alcohol has a higher moisture content making it more suitable to disinfect wounds on the skin. The Isopropyl isn’t as harsh on the skin and it gives the alcohol time to kill bacteria as the higher moisture content slows down evaporation.
Isopropyl Alcohol Uses
Isopropyl Alcohol 99% or 100% is perfect for cleaning electronics, mirrors, stainless steel, 3D printers, and much more. The difference between 99% and 100% Isopropyl Alcohol is only 1% of moisture. Customers usually lean towards the 100% isopropyl alcohol and only use the 99% when specified in a formula. Isopropyl Alcohol 99% and 100% evaporates quickly making it perfect for cleaning.
Isopropyl Alcohol 100% can also be used for a variety of other applications such as cleaning, disinfecting, removes sticky residue, glass cleaning, hand sanitiser and much more. Isopropyl Alcohol is also miscible in water, meaning you can dilute it down to suit your needs.