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UK source for rubbing (isopropyl) Alcohol
    #4588558 - 08/27/05 09:22 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

From what I've read, the majority of you use rubbing/isopropyl alcohol to sterilise. My problem is that, since I am in the UK, buying this stuff is near imposible. It's annoying since I used to work in a lab, and so could have got all the iso/100%eth I'd have needed:(

Do any uk growers have any tips like: where you can get isopropyl alcohol at a decent price (i've seen it at maplins, ?10 for a tiny can-aerosol)

or: what I should use to substitute? I bought some surgical spirit from the chemist, which is apparantly 90% Ethanol, 5% Methanol, and the remainder Castor Oil (2.5%), Methyl Salicylate (.5%), and Diethyl Phthalate (2%) Has anyone had any experiences using this stuff to sterilise needles and the like?

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Re: UK source for rubbing (isopropyl) Alcohol [Re: flibble]
    #4590349 - 08/28/05 09:47 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

The surgical spirit will be fine. I got a 5l bottle of ISO in radionics. You can just use methylated spirit from any hardware store too.


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Re: UK source for rubbing (isopropyl) Alcohol [Re: blackout]
    #4590354 - 08/28/05 09:56 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: UK source for rubbing (isopropyl) Alcohol [Re: The One]
    #4590544 - 08/28/05 12:23 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Its in like every grocery store and department store here in the states. why is it so hard to find in the uk?


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Re: UK source for rubbing (isopropyl) Alcohol [Re: kingfish4200]
    #4590747 - 08/28/05 02:01 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Its not officially a banned/controlled substance, its more like theres not any demand for large bottles of the stuff, possibly because of the use of things like witchhazel/surgical spirit for wound sterilising.

Blackout: radionics? And is that normal meths, with the blue colouration, or industrial meths which is apparantly colourless 95%ethanol, 5% methanol.


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Re: UK source for rubbing (isopropyl) Alcohol [Re: flibble]
    #4591738 - 08/28/05 07:21 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

couldn't you use witchhazel or peroxide to sterlize? Is Hydrogen peroxide available at all in your super markets? I think thats really interesting...I buy rubbing alcohol all the time for cleaning things, including my glass pipes. It does wonders of them with a bit of hot water!!!


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Re: UK source for rubbing (isopropyl) Alcohol [Re: flibble]
    #4594146 - 08/29/05 04:10 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

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Blackout: radionics? And is that normal meths, with the blue colouration, or industrial meths which is apparantly colourless 95%ethanol, 5% methanol.



Radionics is like maplins, it is pretty much world wide. Yes meths with blue or red colouring will work fine, it is usually 90% drinking ethanol mixed with 5% methanol and a horrible tasting chemical which dyes it red/blue and make it undrinkable.


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Re: UK source for rubbing (isopropyl) Alcohol [Re: blackout]
    #4594755 - 08/29/05 12:57 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Is it store only (radionics) or do they have a web site?

Thats good to know about the meths:) I'l pick me up a bottle next time I'm near a hardware shop. We do have a hydroponics shop nearish by, so I'll see if I can get some isopropynol from there.

merkage: I'm not sure if witchhazel is a proper disinfectant - I know it has disinfectant properties, but wouldnt like to trust it on its own. Peroxide is not that easy to get, you can buy bottles from hairdresser supply stores (a chain called sallys in the uk comes to mind), and I might be able to buy a small bottle from the chemist (although since its a componant in home made explosives (ascetyl peroxide) I've been told they look at you funny if you try to buy too much, especially in combination with nail varnish remover.


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