IsoPropyl Alcohol - IPA Isopropanol 70% 5 Litre

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  • Isopropyl Alcohol 70% Technical Grade (IPA)
  • High evaporation, quick drying rate
  • Effective for cleaning house holds 
  • Known as rubbing alcohol

Not sure which % you need? - Check out our blog to gain an understanding!

Isopropyl Alcohol 70% is mainly known as rubbing alcohol. If you haven’t heard of rubbing alcohol before you’ve probably walked passed it in the supermarket aisle known as Isocol. Rubbing alcohol can be used to clean makeup, disinfect wounds, kill mealybugs and many more uses.

Cleaning and disinfecting makeup brushes we recommend using 70% Isopropyl Alcohol. You can use rubbing alcohol to clean makeup brushes to kill the bacteria, which means less transfers of germs and you won’t see breakouts as you won’t be passing over germs as the rubbing alcohol will kill them.

Isopropyl Alcohol Uses - Household, Beauty, Industrial & Gardening Uses

Cleaning & House Hold Uses:

  1. Household cleaner and is great for cleaning kitchens, bathrooms, and other surface areas: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  2. Cleans sticky grime and residue: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  3. Perfect for cleaning computer screens, phones, iPad screen, and is non-streaking: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight 
  4. General window cleaner: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  5. Removes ink: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  6. Cleans glass: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  7. Used to remove the old tobacco from inside the pipe: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  8. Use on granite, wood floors and upholstery: 1/4 Isopropyl Alcohol, 3 drops dish detergent, 1 cup of water and a couple of essential oil.
  9. Clean venetian blinds: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  10. Erase permanent markers: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  11. Hand Sanitiser: 3/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol and 1/4 aloe vera gel
  12. Stainless Steel Cleaner

Beauty Uses:

  1. Make up brush cleanser: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  2. Fixes broken powder foundation make-up and eyeshadow: 3/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol and 1/4 water
  3. Sanitise and clean make up brushes: Soak in 100% Isopropyl Alcohol and allow to air dry.

Industrial & DIY Uses:

  1. More efficient than alcohol wipes
  2. Used for ink painting
  3. Take paint off vinyl dolls: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  4. Cleaning mealy bugs from succulents: 1/2 cup Isopropyl Alcohol and 1/2 water
  5. Cleans the residue built up on the 3D printer: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  6. Perfect for Art applications - especially for watercolours and colour dye
  7. Prevent the windows from getting frost-free and dissolve the windshield frost: 3/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol and 1/4 water
  8. Reed Diffusers: Splash of Isopropyl Alcohol, ¼ carrier oil, and 12 drops essential oils.

Gardening Uses:

  1. Kill mealy bugs: Use 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (more moisture = longer time to kill the bugs before it evaporates)
  2. Use as a disinfectant when removing ticks from dogs: Use 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
  3. Deters fruit flies: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  4. Silk plant and flower cleaner: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  5. Used in gardening to remove dead, diseased and rotting plants: Use 100% Isopropyl Alcohol Straight
  6. Growing Mushrooms: 70% is more effective at killing bacteria and unwanted fungas. 70% is better as it doesn't evaporate as quickly as 90% and above, meaning that it has time to enter the cell wall of the bacterium and kill it.


Differences in Percentages

90 - 100%

The higher percentages of Isopropyl Alcohol are used for cleaning purposes like disinfecting, window cleaning, stainless steel cleaner and when you need to kill bacteria, as well as many other uses. The higher the percentage like Isopropyl Alcohol 100% the greater the evaporation rate, and it is great as it dries faster. The high grades of Isopropyl Alcohol 100% are suitable for the majority uses and is commonly used by industrial users and cleaners.

Below 70%

A common percentage is Isopropyl Alcohol 70%, which is the grade recommended for rubbing alcohol when applying it to the skin. The lower grade of Isopropyl Alcohol 70% means that it is not as harsh to the skin, but it is still effective. Also, the lower grade is great for getting rid of the bugs off the plants and also disinfecting as the water content mixed with the alcohol fights against growing viruses and fungus.

So which one should you get?

No matter what the percentage, Isopropyl Alcohol 100%, Isopropyl Alcohol 99% or Isopropyl Alcohol 70% are beneficial product to have in the workshop and household. The many uses it has makes it a handy product to have around. Depending on your application will impact of the percentage. 

*All information provided is a recommendation. We cannot guarantee the uses as each application has various characteristics and therefore we cannot be certain it will work for you*  


  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Keep away from sources of ignition - no smoking.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.
  • Take precautionary measures against static discharges.
  • Keep container in a well-ventilated place.


  • Eliminate all ignition sources. Remove leaking containers.
  • Contain and absorb on suitable chemical material.
  • Restrict access to area.


  • Firefighters MUST wear full protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus.


  • If Swallowed contact a doctor or poison information center immediately and show container or label.
  • In case of contact with eyes rinse immediately with plenty of water and contact a doctor or poison information center.
  • In case of contact with skin, wash contacted area with soap and water.
  • If inhaled remove to fresh air.
  • If not breathing, give artificial respiration.
  • Prevent material entering sewers. 

For more details refer to MSDS. 

For emergencies, please call:

Information Regarding Pick Up

Can I pick up?

Yes, we are located in Penrith. Unit 3, 10 Production Place Jamisontown NSW 2750.

Are we open to the public? 

Yes, we are. You can buy direct from us paying card or cash. You don't need to be a business customer to buy. Anyone can walk in and buy from us.

We are open from 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Thursday and are open from 7:30am to 12pm on Friday.

What can you pay on pick up?

We accept cash or card (visa, mastercard, AMEX, eftpos). 


Information Regarding Delivery

We know you’ll be keen to receive your order as quickly as possible. Please make sure you provide us with:

  • A valid delivery address (either residential or business) as we cannot ship our products to PO Box or Parcel Collect, and
  • Contact phone number so we can contact you if there are any issues with your consignment.

Our couriers require the customer’s phone number for each delivery. We can’t book your delivery unless you have provided us with a valid daytime phone number.

We pack every order carefully to ensure it reaches you in good condition.

Your order will be sent through one of our preferred couriers.

After payment has been received, your order will be processed by the following business day. The approximate cut-off time for same day dispatch is 11 am.

Shipping timeframes:

NSW, ACT 1 to 3 business days
QLD 2 to 5 business days
VIC 2 to 5 business days
SA, WA, TAS,  3 to 6 business days

Shipping charges are calculated depending on the quantity, weight, location and if it contains dangerous goods. 


All consignments are tracked. The tracking number can be viewed in the email notification you receive after the order has been dispatched.  If you can't find it or need help with tracking, please contact us.

If you have any questions about delivery, please contact us and we will do our best to make sure you’re happy.

*Below are commonly asked questions. All answers provided are merely recommendations. Please do further research and test yourself. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.*

What is the difference in the percentage of 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and 100% Isopropyl Alcohol?

70% has more moisture content than the 100% which can make it suitable for rubbing alcohol as it is not as harsh on the skin. Also, 70% works better as the extra water content means that it will stay on the surface longer giving it time to process.

The 100% works better for cleaning surfaces such as electronics, mirrors, benches, etc. as it will evaporate quickly off and won't leave any product behind.

Can you use Isopropyl alcohol to extract oil from plants?

We have not tested isopropyl alcohol to extract oil but many of our customers use it. When it comes to deciding between isopropyl alcohol and ethanol to extract many lean towards ethanol as it is grain based whereas isopropyl alcohol is petroleum based. Ethanol available here.

What is the difference between isopropyl and rubbing alcohol?

Isopropyl alcohol is pure alcohol whereas rubbing alcohol is generally diluted to 60-70% Isopropyl alcohol and about 30% is water. Rubbing alcohol is usually used as a skin disinfectant like isocol.

What is isopropyl alcohol used for?

There are many uses for isopropyl alcohol, but the main use is for cleaning e.g. electronics, mirrors, disinfecting benches, stainless steel, etc. and so much more. Check out our uses here.

Is methylated spirits the same as isopropyl alcohol? / Is ethanol the same as isopropyl alcohol?

Short answer is no. They both are defined as alcohols however methylated spirits and ethanol are characterised as grain alcohol whereas isopropyl alcohol is petroleum based. Two different products but they have similar uses such as disinfecting.

In terms of heating, ethanol is recommended for ethanol heaters whereas isopropyl alcohol is not as it will burn black and quickly.

Can you use Isopropyl alcohol on the skin?

Common answer is yes. It can be used to disinfect a wound and some people use it for clearing up the skin. However you should always do your own research and it will always be based on the individuals skin type.

What is the difference between 99% and 100% isopropyl alcohol?

There is a 1% isopropyl alcohol difference. Most people prefer 100% isopropyl alcohol unless it is advised to use 99%.

Can I drink isopropyl alcohol?

No. The product is poisonous.

What happens when you mix isopropyl alcohol and water?

When you add water to isopropyl alcohol it will dilute the strength of the alcohol and the evaporation rate as there is more moisture.

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IPA Isopropanol 70% 5 Litre

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Excellent product. So glad Sydney Solvents is so helpful and able to sell to the public. This is helping to keep our business COVID Safe.

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