What Can Be Used In Place Of Acetone

What can be used in place of acetone? Acetone is a versatile chemical used for applications including equipment cleaning and degreasing, extraction, industrial solvents, and more. However, some areas place restrictions on VOCs for environmental purposes. If you are looking for what can be used in place of acetone, that is better for the environment, and will not negatively impact functionality, Methyl Acetate is a great option.  

Methyl Acetate is a great acetone alternative that is both VOC exempt and non-HAP. This solvent, much like acetone has a high flash point and fast evaporation rate, so you will not lose any performance functionality when switching from acetone to Methyl Acetate. Another benefit of methyl acetate is that it is biodegradable. For these reasons, Methyl Acetate is environmentally preferable to Acetone while providing the same performance benefits. 

Benefits of Ecolink’s Methyl Acetate:

  • Eco Friendly – Ecolink as a company is dedicated to green business practice and reducing pollution caused by the chemical industry. In an effort to support this mission Ecolink provides a large variety of environmentally preferred solvents, including methyl acetate, in addition to chemical recycling resources. 
  • Bulk Sizing – If you need your solvents in large quantities, Ecolink has you covered! Ecolink offers bulk sizes in 5 gallon buckets and 55 gallon drums, providing convenience and bulk pricing benefits. 
  • Expert Advice – If you need help deciding what chemical is the right choice for your application, Ecolink has a team of chemists and experts who can help. Ecolink will take time to understand your needs, explain your options, and even provide you with necessary information to properly handle and store your chemicals, to keep your facility safe. 

Need Help Finding What Can be Used In Place of Acetone?

If you are looking for an acetone substitute, contact Ecolink here! Ecolink is a trusted chemical provider, with a team of knowledgeable chemical experts, who can help you find the best solution for your needs! Call today to learn more!


Preptone As An MEK Alternative

Preptone: A Less Toxic Alternative To MEK

Methyl Ethyl Ketone is a solvent that is used on both an industrial and household level.

MEK is a solvent that is often avoided due to high toxicity and various health hazards, however MEK is actively sought out often due to its high evaporation rate, high boiling rate, and use as a strong cleaning agent.

Consumers often purchase MEK over another effective solvent, because MEK is typically sold inexpensively and gets the necessary task accomplished.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone is an effective adhesive and solvent, but many consumers are looking for less toxic alternatives that will prove to be more cost-efficient in the long run.

Preptone As An Alternative

Ecolink offers a simple solution to those who wish to avoid the health risks and toxicity associated with MEK.

Use Preptone instead!

Preptone is able to accomplish everything that MEK can, without the health and environmental hazards.

Preptone is created by blending ultra high-purity d-limonene in an acetone base.

Unlike MEK, Preptone features terpene solvents which enable it to be even more powerful than most ketone solvents.

Preptone is not only safer than Methyl ethyl ketone, but it is also more cost-efficient.

The acetone present in Preptone is VOC exempt, this quality enables its vapors and VOC content to remain below regulatory limits.

Companies are guaranteed to save money by avoiding chemicals that are hazardous and require costly disposal.

Why Choose Preptone?

Preptone has significant benefits that enable it to be a smart alternative to similar products that are more hazardous and more costly:

  • Powerful solvency.
  • Fast evaporation rate.
  • Vapor pressure lower than 45 mmHg, which is ideal for aerospace application.
  • Expertly imitates MEK or TCE.
  • Acetone blends smoothly with the d-limonene to create a broad spectrum, superior solvency.
  • Preptone is completely VOC compliant.


Preptone can be used similarly to MEK or TCE.

It is often utilized for industrial cleaning and as a laboratory solvent, and as an industrial solvent, and as a solvent in consumer products.

Preptone should not be used on metal and paint surfaces that are not compatible with acetone.

Safety and Handling

Much like MEK, Preptone is highly flammable and should be kept away from open heat sources.

Preptone should be stored in a cool and dry area.

When using Preptone, it is best to use protective gloves and eyewear as instructed by your SDS.

Preptone is not compatible with strong oxidizing agents.

Can cause central nervous system depression upon ingestion.

Vapors may irritate eyes, nose, and throat. Liquid is severely irritating to eyes.

Liquids are mildly irritating and can dry out skin.

If you would like to purchase Preptone as a safe and cost-efficient investment and an alternative to MEK, please call (800)-563-1305 or visit https://ecolink.com/products/.

Until you’re ready to move on from MEK, Ecolink can provide Methyl Ethyl Ketone online here or by calling the number listed above.

Our HCFC based aerosol is discontinued – See what’s taking its place!

Out with the Old, In with the New

SELECT FREE is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-based solvent used in many electrical maintenance applications and has been known for its exceptional cleaning performance. SELECT FREE is designed to clean contacts, relays, and other critical electronic components. It was manufactured as a replacement for CFC-113 contact cleaners, but the time has come for SELECT FREE to step down. Ecolink has discontinued the sale and production of SELECT FREE due to the hazards associated with HCFC.


On January 1, 2010 the EPA placed a ban on production, import and use of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b with exceptions. In 2015, updates included all HCFCs and exceptions were limited to refrigeration equipment. By the year 2020 the phaseout will be complete and the servicing of systems with R-22 will rely on recycled or stockpiled quantities.

Carry on with FluoSolv AP

With the HCFC ban, SELECT FREE was inevitably discontinued and replaced by FluoSolv™ AP manufactured by NuGenTec. The solvent FluoSolv™ AP is an effective cleaner for de-fluxing electronic assemblies and other intricate electrical parts. FluoSolv™ AP is ideally balanced to deliver performance and worker safety.

  • Non-ozone depleting chemical (ODC)
  • Low global warming potential (GWP)
  • Low toxicity; high allowable exposure limit (AEL)
  • Chemically stable; will not turn acidic
  • Flash point of 44°C

This product is recommended for use in modern vapor degreasing equipment or spray and wipe aerosol application. FluoSolv™ AP is a stable azeotropic blend that is easy to reclaim by a simple distillation process.

55 Gallon Drum | 5 Gallon Pail

What to look for when Substituting one Industrial Chemical Cleaner for Another

Chemical SubstitutionsBeginning the process of substituting the chemical cleaners your industrial businesses currently has in place that might be harmful to people and to the environment with less hazardous, eco friendly, green alternative chemical compound solutions is one of the most effective ways of reducing, and hopefully eliminating exposure toxicities that pose health threats. A potential chemical hazard includes any chemical, compound, solution, and/or agent that possesses the ability or a property that could cause an adverse health effect or harm to a person under certain conditions. Risking the probability or chance that exposure to a chemical hazard could lead to harm onto a person and/or the environment is a danger that no industrial business can afford.

While occupational hygiene methods for controlling employee exposure to chemicals, such as isolation, enclosure, exhaust ventilation, process or equipment modification, impeccable keeping of a clean facility, enhanced administrative controls, and personal protective equipment are all fine and dandy, substituting a hazardous chemical cleaner for a safe cleaning solution is the preferred and optimal method for guaranteeing safety. While all of the recently mentioned methods reduce, in some manner, the risk of injury or harm by interrupting the path of exposure between the hazardous material and the worker, substitution utterly removes the hazard at the source.

Extreme care must be administered to ensure the current hazard is not exchanged for a new hazard, especially a new hazard that poses a more serious threat. Therefore, before deciding to replace your industrial company’s currently used chemical solvent, you must know if there are any risks involved with the chemical solution to the employees and the environment. If the newly posed risks are deemed as serious, then other alternative cleaning agents should be considered, and its risks must also be thoroughly understood.

The selection of a substitute chemical cleaner can become a complex process. For larger industrial businesses, the selection process for a new chemical cleaner may involve a committee, with representatives from several departments, including engineering, purchasing, research and development, environmental control, waste management, and shipping along with the supervisors and laborers who will work directly with the chemical agent. The following lists the considerations when determining the suitability of a substitute chemical cleaner:

  • Effectiveness – Can the new chemical cleaner satisfy the technical requirements, such as solubility and drying time, for the job or process?
  • Compatibility – The substitute chemical cleaner must not interfere or negatively react with the cleaning process, the other materials in use, or the equipment that facilitates the cleaning.
  • Existing Control Measures – Will the existing control methods adequately control the substitute chemical cleaner?
  • Waste Disposal – Will the new waste coming from the substitute chemical cleaner interfere with the current waste disposal system, or, in any way, adversely affect the technical and regulatory requirements when dealing with any and all created waste?
  • Hazard Assessment – A hazard assessment needs to be conducted to decide whether the substitute chemical cleaner in question can mesh with all cleaning operations with which it will participate.