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What’s the difference between isopropyl alcohol and alcohol?

Isopropyl alcohol is pure alcohol, is a colorless liquid, musty taste and sharp smell. A bottle of isopropyl alcohol contains no other ingredients. Rubbing alcohol, by contrast, contains isopropyl alcohol and other ingredients, such as water. Most rubbing alcohol brands contain 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Is isopropyl alcohol safe for skin?

In general, it is safe to wipe or rub the skin with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. Prolonged heavy immersion increases the risk of absorption and toxic effects. Most importantly, for children with a fever, do not use alcohol immersion or sponge baths.

Is isopropyl alcohol better than hydrogen peroxide?

Isopropyl alcohol is used only for cleaning, disinfection and sometimes for odor removal. However, the oxygen produced by hydrogen peroxide makes it more versatile than alcohol. It not only performs the same tasks as rubbing alcohol, but also bleaches and oxidizes.

Isopropyl alcohol and ethanol

Both are flammable and are used as disinfectants. There are different grades in terms of purity, with ethanol more widely used in wet laboratories and isopropyl alcohol preferred for sterilizing electronic equipment.

Acetone hydrogenation

Hydrogenation of acetone to prepare isopropyl alcohol; However, this method requires additional steps compared to the above method, as the acetone itself is usually prepared from propylene by the isopropylbenzene process. IPA costs are mainly driven by the cost of raw materials (acetone or propylene). One known problem is the formation of MIBK and other self-condensation products. Raney nickel is one of the earliest industrial catalysts. Supported bimetallic materials are often used in modern catalysts.


A small-scale use of isopropanol is in cloud chambers. Isopropanol has desirable physical and chemical properties to form a supersaturated vapor layer that can be condensed by radiating particles.

In 1990, 45,000 metric tons of isopropyl alcohol were used in the United States, mainly as a solvent for paints or industrial processes. That year, 5,400 metric tons were used for household and personal care products. Isopropanol is especially popular in medical applications because of its low toxicity. Some isopropanols are used as chemical intermediates. Isopropyl alcohol can be converted to acetone, but the isopropyl benzene process is more important.


Isopropyl alcohol can dissolve a variety of nonpolar compounds. Unlike other common solvents, it evaporates quickly when used as a cleaning fluid and the grades usually available tend not to leave oil stains. It is also relatively non-toxic. Therefore, it is widely used as a solvent and cleaning fluid, especially in the presence of oil or other oil-based residues that are not easily cleaned with water, tend to evaporate, and (depending on water content and other potential factors) carry less risk of corrosion or rust than clear water. Together with ethanol, n-butanol and methanol, it is an alcohol solvent.

Isopropyl alcohol is commonly used to clean eyeglasses, electrical contacts, audio or video tape heads, DVD and other optical disc lenses, and to remove hot paste from CPUS and other IC package radiators.

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Isopropyl alcohol is esterified to give isopropyl acetate, another solvent. It reacts with carbon disulfide and sodium hydroxide to produce isopropyl xanthate sodium herbicide and flotation agent. Isopropyl alcohol reacts with titanium tetrachloride and aluminum to give titanium and aluminum isopropyl alcohol, respectively. The former is a catalyst, and the latter is a chemical reagent. The compound itself can be used as a chemical reagent as a dihydrogen donor in transfer hydrogenation.


Rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizers, and disinfecting pads typically contain 60-70% isopropyl alcohol or ethanol in aqueous solution. The water needs to open bacterial membrane pores, which are channels for isopropyl alcohol. Aqueous solution of 75% volume ratio can be used as hand sanitizer. Isopropanol is used as a water desiccant to prevent otitis externa, also known as swimmer’s ear.

Early use as an anesthetic

Although isopropyl alcohol can be used as an anesthetic, many of its negative properties or disadvantages prevent this use. Isopropyl alcohol can also be used as a solvent similar to ether [23] or as an anesthetic by inhalation of smoke or oral administration. Early applications included scientists and some veterinarians using the solvent as a general anesthetic in small mammals and rodents. However, its use was soon discontinued due to numerous complications, including respiratory irritation, internal bleeding, and vision and hearing problems. In rare cases, respiratory failure has been observed leading to animal death.