What is 200 proof alcohol?
When we’re talking about concentrated alcohol products, it doesn’t get better than 200 proof alcohol. Also known as 100% alcohol, pure ethanol, or 99.9% isopropyl alcohol, this substance has a wide application. You can use it as a solvent, cleaning product, disinfectant and also for industrial purposes.
This chemical substance can be used to create various products. You can buy it from reputable chemical stores such as the Simple Solvents shop. Keep in mind, though, that the chemical will evaporate rather quickly as it doesn’t have a lot of water. When it does, pure alcohol will not leave any residue on the surface. USP grade product has less impurities and higher testing standards than FCC grade alcohol.
So, how can you use 200 proof alcohol?
What are the common precautionary measures when using high purity alcohols?
Botanical Extraction like hemp and cannabis
High purity alcohols are great for botanical extraction. Pure ethanol & CDA 12A are both very common methods of extraction in the hemp and cannabis industries. Ethanol extraction is also used for other plants like citrus for pectin.
CDA 12A is 200 proof ethanol with an added 5 gallons of high purity n heptane per 100 gallons of pure ethanol. This is common because there are no additional taxes associated with completely denatured ethanol. Pure ethanol has a large tax associated with it of $13.50 per 100 proof gallon.
Does 200 proof alcohol kill germs?
As you well know, items with alcohol are the most common cleaning chemicals. Alcohol has a strong impact on the microorganisms' cells, penetrating them and destroying bacteria, fungi, and viruses from the inside. However, for this to happen, a substance needs to stay long enough on the surface to make an impact.
When you use alcohols for microbes, it is very important that they have enough water content. There should be a nice balance between the two substances. As water and alcohol mix together, the water part will help alcohol stick to the surface for a longer period of time.
Because of its low water content, 200 proof alcohol will not be able to kill microbes. Instead, it is much better to use 70 to 90% alcohol. Based on what we know, 70% alcohol provides the optimal results for disinfecting.
However, that doesn’t mean that 200 proof alcohol is not a good cleaning substance. On the contrary, it is used for certain sensitive products such as electronics. These devices cannot stand excessive water content as it can damage them. This makes 200 proof alcohol an ideal product for this particular purpose.
How can you use 200 proof alcohol?
Besides the fact that 100% alcohol can be used for cleaning electronics, it has various other potential uses. For example, it can also be good for cleaning glass, stainless items, cleaning sticky areas, gardening, distillation, and extraction, etc.
Here are some of the main ways you can benefit from the chemical:
As mentioned, 100% isopropyl alcohol (when not diluted) can be used for cleaning various surfaces. Most commonly, it is utilized for homes. You can use it for bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas that are constantly getting dirty. It is especially good for its ability to remove sticky residue. Whether at home or at work, the product can be used for computer screens and mobile devices. Low water content ensures they are not damaged in the process.
The substance is especially amazing for sensitive surfaces that don’t have to be disinfected. A good example is windows, mirrors, and other types of glass. You can use it for metal surfaces. Again, low water content ensures that rust will not affect the metal. If you’re working with ink and markers, 200 proof alcohol will be your best friend.
Oftentimes, the substance is used for wood furniture and floors. However, you should dilute it a bit as highly-concentrated alcohol can be too rough on wooden elements.
HEMP & CANNABIS EXTRACTION
Both pure ethanol and CDA 12A are commonly used for hemp and cannabis extraction.
This alcohol substance is very popular within the beauty industry. It is used for cleaning brushes. However, it is even better for cleaning nails and removing polish. By using this alcohol, you can achieve maximum nail shine. Oftentimes, the substance is used during the last steps of a gel manicure. As mentioned, it is great for removing sticky substances.
The 200 proof alcohol is a very common chemical within industrial facilities. Companies use it for the extraction of various oils. As of late, it has become very popular within the hemp industry. You can use it for other types of processing as well.
Oftentimes, the substance is used for wipes. When you put it on a wipe, you can easily clean sensitive surfaces and devices.
Hobbyists simply love this product. It can be used for removing paint from various surfaces. Artists use it for watercolors and color dye. You can also use it for 3D printers' residue. Lastly, it is a great help when you wish to remove frost from your car windshields.
Lastly, we need to mention how the product can be used for gardening. First off, it can be a great help for dealing with bugs. Due to its potency and strong odor, it will deter flies from attacking your vegetables and fruits. You can also use 200 proof alcohol to clean flowers and silk plants.
What are the differences between alcohol products?
First off, alcohols can be categorized as pure and denatured. As the name implies, pure products only have alcohol and water. They don’t have any other ingredients to them. On the other hand, companies put certain chemicals to alcohol when they want to create a denatured product.
Denatured ethanol is regulated differently than pure ethanol. Simple Solvents focuses on denaturing with n Heptane but has the capacity to use hexane, isopropyl, or denatonium benzoate (used in SDA 40B often used in sanitizer) depending on the application of the product.
Denatured products cannot be consumed. In fact, they are made in such a way to dissuade humans from drinking the liquid or using it in products meant for human consumption. They might have a nasty smell, taste, or a different color. They often cause vomiting.
Depending on the concentration, alcohols can be used for various things. Needless to say, pure ethanol is one of the most popular, most versatile products within the Simple Solvents store. This chemical is often used as a basis for denatured products, but it also has various applications.
What are the potential risks when using 200 proof alcohol?
Regardless of its benefits, this is a very volatile substance, and you need to be very careful when using it. The 200 proof alcohol is very flammable. This pertains both to its liquid and vapor. Because of that, it is very important that you keep it as far as possible from open flames, heat, and sparks.
If you get it into your eyes, it will definitely cause serious irritation. The container needs to be closed at all times unless you wish to use it. Make sure to wear protective equipment for your eyes, skin, and other parts of the body. After handling the substance, you will need to clean your hands thoroughly.
All chemicals should be stored in a safe, cool area out of direct sunlight. Be sure to comply with all local, state and federal regulations for hazmat materials and alcohol.