Denatured alcohol, also called methylated spirits or denatured rectified spirit, is ethanol that has additives to make it poisonous, bad tasting, foul smelling or nauseating, to make it unfit for consumption.
1. Denatured Alcohol Used In Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Products
1.1 Products for External Use Only:
Denatured Alcohol is used as a replacement for Ethanol in the production of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics is because of the disparity in costs. Ethanol being the ingredient for liquors and other alcoholic beverages is subject to high taxes, resulting its use in these products prohibitively expensive.
Denatured Alcohol is also used as a swab for cleaning and disinfecting the skin prior to injection and operation.
1.2 Oral Dosage Forms:
Ethanol denatured with food grade ingredients such as Chloroform has been widely employed as a solvent and wetting agent for many pharmaceutical products.
2. Glass Cleaner
Diluted properly, Denatured Alcohol works well as a window cleaner, leaving a streak-free shine.
3. General Cleaner and Sanitizer
Denatured Alcohol can be diluted to assist in general cleaning and sanitizing.
4. Remove Ink Stains
Pretreating an ink stain with Denatured Alcohol can assist in removing the stain from clothes and other textiles such as curtains and upholstery.
5.Remove Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew thrive in environment of high levels of humidity. Equal parts of Denatured Alcohol and water sprayed directly onto mold and mildew will eliminate it.
6.Cleaner for Metal Parts
Because it evaporates so quickly, it won’t ruin the metal, but clean and sanitize it properly. This includes stainless steel appliances used in commercial kitchens and many other mechanical parts on cars.
7. Assist in Removing Tape and Other Sticky Substances from Surfaces and Floors
The use of tape on windows, refrigerators and other areas to hang signs or post often leaves a sticky residue.
8. Cleaner for Untreated Wood and Mixing with Shellac
Untreated wood needs to be cleaned before treating the wood with a stain, shellac or paint. It also works well as a primer for wood to allow the wood to absorb the shellac more evenly. If you use shellac, always have denatured alcohol to assist it on wood surfaces you plan on refinishing.
Since denatured alcohol is highly inflammable, take the following basic precautionary measures to avoid any mishap.
▸ Keep it away from children and direct sunlight or open fires.
▸ Store it in a cool dark place.
▸ Avoid inhaling the fumes by keeping your room well-ventilated.