Using Natural Solvents: Frequently Asked Questions

Over the past 20 years, industrial solvent users have become increasingly interested in switching to solvents that have a natural formulation, sending the market for these solvents on a stratospheric climb that continues today, as more companies and organizations stop using solvents from yesteryear in favor of greener options.

If you’re thinking about getting in on the action and switching to a line of solvents whose efficacy is supported by natural ingredients, but you have some pressing questions about natural solvents before you make the switch, the answers below can be helpful.

  1. What’s the difference between natural and organic solvents?

 Organic solvents are made from ingredients taken from living matter. Natural ingredients are not derived from living matter but taken from a natural source. For example, citric fruit acid is an organic ingredient, while water is natural ingredient.

  1. Do natural solvents have toxic ingredients, or are they safe?

It varies by solvent. In most cases, creating a natural industrial solvent entails the goal of creating a safer solvent. Common examples of natural ingredients that are harmful to human health include betula alba, juniperus oxycedrus, and pinus sylvestrisr.

  1. Can natural solvents reduce my chemical waste disposal bill?

If you swap a solvent with toxic ingredients for a solvent that has natural, non-toxic ingredients, it may decrease your chemical waste disposal bill. The more toxic the spent solvent in your waste trap, the more it generally costs to have professionally removed.

  1. Do safe natural solvents require personal protective equipment?

In most cases, applying natural solvents should optimally be done while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). In the case of “safe” solvents, the lowest level of PPE can often be worn. The goal is usually to avoid ingredients that cause acute, non-critical health issues (e.g., dizziness, upset stomach, and watery eyes).

  1. Can I order a custom natural solvent formulated for my needs?

If you work with a solvent supplier that creates custom formulations for specific users, the option of receiving a custom natural solvent should be on the table. Ecolink offers naturally formulated, custom solvents that are environmentally safe or environmentally preferred.

  1. Does a natural solvent usually cost more than a standard solvent?

Not necessarily. In fact, some standard solvents have a higher price tag than natural solutions. Some naturally formulated solvents contain a short list of ingredients that are inexpensive and easy to  formulate. Using this type of solvent on an extended basis can significantly reduce solvent expense.

Contact Ecolink Today

Ecolink is a supplier of environmentally safe and environmentally preferred solvents. Among our selection of industrial grade solutions, you’ll find many products that feature natural, non-toxic ingredients instead of harsh chemicals that are regulated or scheduled for regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition to selling stock solvents, we also create custom formulations for specific users.

To learn more about our products and services, please call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us a message through our contact form. We look forward to answering your questions!

MIL-PRF 680 B and PD 680 Type II: Why Are They Undesirable Cleaners?

As environmental consciousness and safety consciousness in the workplace have increased, many conventional cleaning solutions have been severely regulated or banned by the EPA. For example, MIL-PRF 680 B and PD 680 Type II are two cleaning solutions whose use in industrial and commercial settings has been significantly curtailed or eliminated due to deleterious effects the solutions can have on the natural environment and those who routinely use the products.

What’s Wrong With MIL-PRF 680 B?
In April 2010, the cleaning solvent industry officially replaced MIL-PRF 680 B with MIL-PRF 680 C. Unlike the former solution, the latter one has a higher flashpoint (145°F), better solvency, lower VOC content (17 grams/liter), is fully evaporative and non-residual, and is approved for government and military use. The solution is also widely used by other types of entities, as well.

For the EPA, of particular concern are the VOCs in MIL-PRF 680 B. In addition to potentially causing chronic health problems in those who are routinely exposed to them, VOCs can also harm the environment by creating toxic emissions. Most VOCs evaporate at room temperature. Consequently, eliminating VOCs is typically far easier than trying to control them in vapor form.

What’s Wrong With PD 680 Type II?
This solution (a.k.a. mineral spirits or Stoddard solvent) experienced a similar fate as MIL-PRF 680 B for some of the same reasons. Although the Type II formulation of PD 680 has many dangerous aromatic hydrocarbons removed, it nonetheless has two strikes against it: The cleaner is formulated as a petroleum distillate, and exposure to it can cause health problems.

The EPA disfavors petroleum distillates due to the carnage that they can cause if spilled on water or land. Furthermore, resolving a large spill typically entails a costly clean up effort. Concerning its effects on humans, PD 680 Type II is still considered quite dangerous, despite the removal of most aromatic hydrocarbons. Chronic inhalation of vapors from the solution is reported to cause permanent brain damage and damage to the central nervous system.

Identifying Replacement Solutions
If your company or organization is looking for permanent substitutions for MIL-PRF 680 B and PD 680 Type II — replacements that will remain in good standing with the EPA — we recommend switching to Ecolink 250 SS or MIL PRF 680 Type II or Type IV. These solutions have a better safety profile than the solutions they replace, while delivering the same cleaningpower of the replaced solutions. In switching cleaners, you get a safer solution with the same efficacy.

To learn if these solutions are viable replacements for your current solutions, call us at (800) 563-1305, or refer to the contact page on our website. If these solutions are not ideal for your cleaning needs, we will identify solutions that are perfect for the job. If necessary, we can even create a custom cleaning solution that is tailored to your specific cleaning process. With new solutions in place, you can stop worrying about EPA regulations and focus on core business.

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Specialty Chemicals: Has your Business Discovered Eco Friendly Degreaser Replacements?

Degreasers contain specialty chemicals that are formulated to cut through through grease and grime, leaving mechanical parts and other types of components grease-free. Unfortunately, the specialty chemicals in many degreaser solutions simply aren’t healthy for the environment, the people who work with them, or the profit margins of companies that use them regularly.

What to Look for in a Replacement
Ecolink specializes in offering eco friendly solutions that minimize negative environmental impact, have a safer chemical profile that helps prevent chronic health conditions associated with chemical exposure, and help to mitigate waste disposal costs for industrial and commercial companies and organizations. If you need a replacement for a degreaser whose specialty chemicals are hazardous, we can offer you one that has the following benefits, among others.

Same Efficacy
One of main reservations companies have about replacing a hazardous degreaser is the fear that the healthier replacement solution won’t deliver the same efficacy as the old one. When you work with Ecolink, this isn’t a problem. For example, we offer NAVSOLVE Low VOC Degreasing Solvent that meets Meets MIL-PRF-32295A Type II specifications, and HYPERSOLVE™ TRIAGEN (A) Metal Cleaner, Degreaser & Flux Remover that cleans as well as TCA.

Non-flammable
Flammable degreasers present at least two problems: they risk igniting in the work environment if a stray spark contacts the liquid, and they tend to present storage problems, as they should ideally be stored in a cool area in the building, where few if any combustibles exist. Non-flammable degreasers, such as the two mentioned above, eliminate both problems.

Controlled Evaporation
A degreaser that features controlled evaporation helps prevent the application of additional degreaser after the first coating quickly dries. This situation can lead to more degreaser being collected in the waste system, and drive up waste disposal costs, especially in the long-term. Controlled evaporation helps you use a single application of degreaser as efficiently as possible.

No Residue
Because cleaner residue attracts dirt and grime, it is ultimately counter intuitive to use a degreaser that leaves a residue, however thin. No only do residual degreasers not keep parts clean as long as non-residual degreasers; they also shorten the time between degreasing operations, causing you to use more solution than necessary and increasing operating costs.

Low VOCs
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) may have an organic source, but that doesn’t mean they are safe for human contact. In fact, many temporary and chronic medical conditions have been connected to VOC exposure. No company wants to pay out more workers comp or absorb the cost of increased sick days, and using a low VOC degreaser can help your company avoid it.

Contact Us Today
There is no reason to keep using conventional degreasers whose specialty chemicals are hazardous to the environment and those who work with them, as well as present other problems, such as fire risk, residue on parts, and increased waste disposal costs. Ecolink gives you the option to avoid these problems by replacing the degreaser with one of our eco friendly solutions. Call us today at (800) 563-1305, or refer to the contact page on our website.

Commercial Cleaning Products Can Still be Eco Friendly

When people think ochemical cleaning solutionsf commercialized cleaning products, they tend to imagine mass produced cleaning solutions that are concocted with highly concentrated solvents that guarantee to clean a wide array of parts, metals and materials so industrial businesses do not have to worry about products not being completely cleaned, which would slow the cleaning process and potentially halt production. Many people assume that when an industrial organization has to clean an abundance of parts, metals, and materials, the safety and potential biohazard of the chemical solution becomes a secondary thought. Others just believe that it is impossible to offer an eco friendly cleaning and degreasing product for commercial cleaning needs. Why is this? Well, the first thought is that for a product to be eco friendly, then it must be very expensive, meaning a commercial cleaning product designed with environmentally safe chemical compounds would price itself out of range for industrial businesses to afford. Fortunately, this is not the case.

Companies offering green alternative and safe cleaning products, such as Ecolink, have designed chemical compound formulas for commercial cleaning needs that are inexpensive, efficient, and eco friendly. This means that commercial cleaning products can be affordably purchased, and are safer than older cleaning agents that can harm people and the environment. Industrial companies that need commercial grade cleaning products can now expect eco friendly alternatives to clean as effectively, likely more effectively than what your company currently uses. The transition is seamless. Companies such as Ecolink will help you make the switch without having to slow or halt production, and you will be able to rely on eco friendly commercial cleaning products to deliver the same if not better overall cleaning results.

If you are still unsure that commercial grade cleaning products can be eco friendly and still clean and degrease with the same efficiency as older alternatives, as well as be purchase at a moderate price, it is suggested that you reach out to Ecolink right away. Ecolink has detailed and factual informationgreen chemistry that will prove the authenticity of eco friendly commercial cleaning products, and will be happy to share with you their exhaustive gathering of research, analysis, and product development. Ecolink strives to help every industrial organization transition to eco friendly and green alternative chemical cleaning solvents, because the business wants to ensure the safety of people, as well as the environment, now and for the future.

Ecolink understands the need for practicality when it comes to cleaning and degreasing commercial grade products. That is why Ecolink will be with you every step of the way as you make the change to a green alternative solution. In turn, you will be cleaning and degreasing commercial products like never before, while placing your workers and the environment out of harms way.

Industrial Green Cleaning Products for California

green global cleaningThe state of California has created a reputation for being one of the most beautiful and cleanest states in the entire country due to its desire to follow as many eco friendly and green alternative guidelines regarding business policy. Most businesses in the state of California strive to always be at the front of the line when implementing environmentally safe, green cleaning solutions, in all operational situations, and for all types of businesses where it is applicable. As it pertains to industrial activities, California industrial businesses will be happy to know, if they so happen to be unaware, that greener cleaning products are available that can swiftly replace older cleaning and solvent degreasing solutions that are considered harmful to employees, as well as the environment. As one of the nationwide leaders of having businesses transition to green cleaning products, when it is available, the state of California has always worked to provide a terrific example to the rest of the nation in displaying the importance of using green cleaning products.

Ecolink, a company that helps empower industrial businesses to transition to green cleaning products and degreasers, recognizes both the short and long term negative effects industrial cleaners with toxic chemical components have on people in close range to the solvent and the environment. Ecolink believes that California industrial businesses can show the rest of the nation that green cleaning products and degreasers designed specifically for industrial organizations are made of components that will clean and degrease parts, metals, and materials as well as, even better than older solutions. In addition, not only will California industrial businesses have a new cleaning and degreasing solvent for its products that cleans better than older solutions, those industrial businesses will have in their possession eco friendly and green alternative solvents – and that translates to improved safety for all involved. green california

Ecolink has conducted the necessary research and development to not only pinpoint the chemical agents considered detrimental to health, the company can provide a list of alternatives that will clean and degrease your products, subsequently proving a much better option. Ecolink can analyze your cleaning methods, and recommend a green cleaning product for your business. They are experts at custom blending chemicals to create the perfect cleaning solution to fit your needs. A bulk of their business is devoted to custom cleaning solutions. It is the goal of Ecolink to have all industrial businesses transition to green cleaning products, because the company is sure that eco friendly green cleaning products will outperform any older industrial solvent. California businesses are encouraged to contact Ecolink to talk with a professional and learn more about what the company offers. An Ecolink representative will educate your business on green cleaning products, and why the change is of importance.

Ecolink wishes to collaborate with as many California businesses as possible, to help ensure all industrial businesses are using green cleaning products. Ecolink also wants to help the state of California to enhance their upstanding reputation as a place willing to change business practices when it means saving people and preserving the environment for clean living.