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"Does rubbing alcohol affect plastic, how and what types?" Answered

I am hoping for someone to point me to research information. I am asking specifically about cleaning plastic water bottles and ice chests/coolers with rubbing alcohol. I was told that alcohol can deteriorate the plastic but I was hoping to know what types of plastic are affected by what types and concentrations of alcohol. Thanks

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lemonie

Best Answer 7 years ago

You're generally OK with this stuff (alcohol), you'll be right.
Halogenated-hydrocarbons, aromatics and petroleum-fractions tend to be the problem.

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AthleticTrainerlemonie

Answer 7 years ago

I did some reading about concentrations and the like with alcohol and saw that for cleaning purposes 50% alcohol is the minimum to kill off bacteria. I know that most rubbing alcohol is about 70% alcohol. Any thoughts?

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lemonieAthleticTrainer

Answer 7 years ago


If you want to sterilise yeah OK. Mind you caustic-soda is cheaper and cleans things too.

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AthleticTrainerlemonie

Answer 7 years ago

The common theory I've heard about using rubbing alcohol is that it evaporates quickly. With caustic-soda (lye?) would that be effective pose little/no risk for sickness if you were just going to (assuming liquid solution) spray it into the coolers or are you meaning soap and water?

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lemonieAthleticTrainer

Answer 7 years ago


With lye you wash it out. This might not be easy for you though.
Alcohol vapour is a fire-risk, remember that.

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caarnteddlemonie

Answer 7 years ago

Best answer lemonie.

Worst answer caarntedd - "Does rubbing alcohol affect plastic, how and what types?" I don't know, but drinking it has an effect on me.

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AthleticTrainercaarntedd

Answer 7 years ago

Hope you don't go blind or suffer from some other severe ailment of wood alcohol. :D