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Isopropyl Alcohol As A Solvent

Isopropyl Alcohol As A Solvent 

Can you use isopropyl alcohol as a solvent?  According to The National Library of Medicine, a part of The National Center For Biotechnology  Information, a division of The National Institute of Health (NIH), they define Isopropyl Alcohol as,

“ an  isomer (any of two or more substances that have the same molecular formula but differ in their  connectivity or spatial arrangement of atoms, or in their topology in macromolecules) of propyl  alcohol with antibacterial properties.”

This essentially means that Isopropyl Alcohol is an additive or solvent that has the ability to provide substances with antibacterial properties. IPA can increase the antibacterial effectiveness of the substances it is added to, producing effective antibacterial cleaning agents such as wipes, sprays, or gels that can be used to sanitize surfaces and hands. 

So, can you use isopropyl alcohol as a solvent? 

Yes it can!  And we have seen this become more and more common during the covid-19 pandemic.  IPA is a particularly good solvent to be used in the production of sanitizing products for a few reasons. Typically viruses differ from infectious bacteria but they do share something in common – how they live outside of their host bodies. 

Typically, both bacteria and viruses live inside a membrane that acts as their protector. These bacteria and viruses can live for long periods in their hosts or on surfaces including tables, benches, handles, doors,  floors, etc. IPA-based disinfectants can effectively break down that membrane killing viruses and bacteria.

If you are looking for isopropyl alcohol for solvent purposes, including the production of sanitizers, Ecolink can help. 

Benefits Shopping For Isopropyl Alcohol With Ecolink

  •  Bulk Supply – Ecolink offers convenient bulk quantities. This includes 5- gallon buckets and 55-gallon drums to accommodate facilities of differing sizes and  encourage price saving for ordering in bulk quantities 
  • Expert Knowledge –  The chemists at Ecolink have over 30 years of knowledge and experience to provide our clients and ensure you choose the best chemicals for your applications and understand proper use and storage to keep yourself and your facility safe.
  •  Product Quality –  You can trust that the chemicals you receive from Ecolink are high quality, stable, and safe to handle with proper use. 
  • Environmentally Conscious –  Ecolink offers a  large list of traditional chemicals, but they also offer an environmentally conscious line of green chemical alternatives. Ecolink is dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of the chemical industry and can help you make your practice more eco-friendly. 

Want To Learn More About Isopropyl Alcohol As A Solvent? 

If you are in need of bulk isopropyl alcohol  Contact Ecolink here to find the best chemicals and solvents for your needs.

Essential Preparations for Storing Your IPA Bulk Order

As a solvent, Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is an excellent option for dissolving accumulations that are classified as non-polar compounds, such as carbon deposits. In addition to its efficacy for dissolving these substances, IPA is also prized for its fast evaporation rate, relatively non-toxic formulation compared to alternative solvents of its generation, and the fact that it leaves practically no oil traces that could residually collect on surfaces and draw dirt and grime.

However, along with IPA’s solvent benefits come some potential drawbacks. For one, IPA has a low flashpoint that can create a fire hazard. Also, the solvent emits an unpleasant odor that can cause temporary, negative health conditions, such as drowsiness and dizziness. A third potential drawback of using IPA is that repeated, high exposure to the liquid has been known to cause more serious health conditions, even death.

Storing Your IPA Bulk Order
Organizations that have industrial cleaning needs often place IPA bulk orders because IPA is so effective at dissolving soils produced in industrial work environments, and is thus used in large quantities over short periods of time. This leads us to the topic of how bulk orders of IPA should be stored in order to minimize potential drawbacks. By taking the following four preparations for storing your IPA bulk order, you can increase safety in the work environment.

  1. Check to See if Drums are Tightly Sealed

When your IPA bulk order arrives at the receiving dock, carefully check the seal on each drum to see if it is compromised. The drums should be in perfect condition when they are shipped, but there’s always a slight possibility that drums could be damaged during transit due to unexpected events in the freight compartment. Performing a visual inspection of the seal and checking the tightness of the seal gently with your hand should be sufficient.

  1. Store Drums in a Low Fire Hazard Area

Drums of IPA should ideally be stored in a low fire hazard area. The area should be free of materials that easily combust (e.g., cardboard, low-grade plastics, and wood). The area should also be free of obvious, potential catalysts for combustion (e.g., electrical switchgear, furnaces with pilot lights, and machinery that creates sparks). Storing IPA in this type of area will help prevent combustion and limit damage if combustion occurs.

  1. Perform an Odor Test After Storing Drums

As a final safety measure, check the seals on your drums again by performing an odor test. You can do this by using a handheld odor meter that’s designed to detect infinitesimal amounts of odor in industrial environments. However, because IPA has a fast evaporation rate, you may be able to detect odor that comes from an imperfect seal by using your nose.

Whether you use an odor meter or sense of smell, here’s a good way to perform the test: (a) Place the drums in the low fire hazard storage area; (b) if possible, close the door to the storage area for about 8 hours, (c) then return to the area to perform the test. If the drums are stored in a large area that would make vaporous emissions diffuse, using an odor detector near the seal of each drum is the best strategy.

Make Safe Storage a Priority
IPA is a highly efficacious, affordable solvent solution for removing a variety of soils that accumulate on surfaces in industrial environments. However, due to the solvent’s low flashpoint and odorous vapors that can cause health ailments, it’s a smart idea to make the preparations above when storing your IPA bulk order.

If you need a supplier for IPA bulk orders, contact Ecolink today by calling (800) 563-1305, or fill out the contact form on our website. We supply 99% IPA in 55 gallon drums and ensure that each drum is in excellent condition when shipped.