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.
Denatured Alcohol has a variety of uses. Not only can it be used as a clean-burning fuel for marine and camping stoves, it works well as a cleaner and sanitizing agent in a variety of commercial and industrial environments. Because denaturing the alcohol doesn't alter the ethanol molecule, it makes an excellent solvent for many other projects.
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. Apart from rendering it undrinkable, Denatured Alcohol possesses all the properties of Ethanol: anti-bacterial properties, is one of the most natural preservatives for these preparations; also increasing the absorption of nutrients and beneficial ingredients.
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. Being volatile, the final finished products of the pharmaceutical products will have no trace of additive as well as Ethanol.
2. Glass Cleaner
Diluted properly, Denatured Alcohol works well as a window cleaner, leaving a streak-free shine. Dilute the Denatured alcohol in a spray bottle. Spray it on windows and use a squeegee to clean them. Use a lint-free cloth or paper towel to wipe any additional cleaner off of the windows. Because denatured alcohol evaporates quickly, you'll be able to see the results of cleaning the windows almost immediately.
3. General Cleaner and Sanitizer
Denatured Alcohol can be diluted to assist in general cleaning and sanitizing. This includes toilets, bathroom stalls, sinks, kitchens and almost any other hard surface. Dilute the Denatured Alcohol with equal parts of warm water; wearing gloves, wipe down areas such as tables, sinks, stoves and countertops. Denatured alcohol can be poured directly into the toilet, then scrubbed and flushed to sanitize the bowl. It can also clean mirrors using a lint-free cloth or paper towel. It can also be used to sanitize areas such as receptacles for liquid hand soap, hand towels and to sanitize door handles.
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. Before using it, ensure the Denatured Alcohol won't ruin it. If it's safe, use a small amount of denatured alcohol on the stain and a clean, cotton or textured rag to scrub the stain. Allow it to work for a few minutes, then remove the Denatured Alcohol with a clean, damp rag.
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. Wipe the sticky substance with Denatured Alcohol and a dry cloth. Allow it to saturate the spot. Use a tool, such as a metal-edged paint scraper lightly to remove sticky substance. Repeat the process if necessary.
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. Denatured Alcohol assists in cleaning the wood after sanding it to prepare it for other projects. Wear protective gloves and treat the wood outside in a dry area. Use a lint-free cloth and wipe the wood with undiluted denatured alcohol. The denatured alcohol will dry quickly and clean the wood. After the wood is dry, stain, paint or install the untreated wood. Shellac works best if thinned with denatured alcohol. 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.
-Always wear gloves while using denatured alcohol.
-Keep it away from children and direct sunlight or open fires.
-Store it in a cool dark place.