Denatured Alcohol (IMS) 95%

25th October 2018



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  • We supply denatured alcohol 95% in 2.5L containers, with discounts available for bulk orders over 4 items
    We also supply denatured alcohol 99%
    All our products come with further options including customised labelling and specific pack sizes


To purchase denatured alcohol you need to register your interest in this product with HM Revenue and Customs. Please call them on 0300 200 3700 and they will send you a registration letter. It does not take long and HM Customs and Excise are normally really helpful. They normally refer to this product as ‘IDA’ or ‘Industrial Denatured Alcohol’.

What is the purpose of denatured alcohol?

Industrially synthesised ethanol is not supposed to be for human consumption. For this reason, toxic and foul-tasting additives are added to synthetic ethanol to discourage recreational drinking. In contrast, alcoholic beverages – with naturally produced ethanol from the bacterial fermentation of sugars – are heavily taxed. In order to avoid this taxation, ethanol for uses other than human consumption need to be denatured.

In other words, denatured alcohol is not used for a specific purpose for which pure ethanol would not be suitable, but if pure ethanol were cheaply available for fuel or solvents, some people may be tempted to drink it. This way, denatured ethanol can still be used as an inexpensive product for many industrial and household applications, without the risks of being used for human consumption.

However, despite being toxic, there have been cases where people tried to drink denatured alcohol. One of the additives used is methanol, which can cause blindness and death, even if consumed in small quantities. For this reason, in addition to additives to make it toxic, some formulations now include additives such as denatonium, which give it an extremely bitter taste, or pyridine, which give it an unpleasant odour, or syrup of ipecac, an emetic substance.

100% quality guarantee

All our products come with 100% quality guarantee and are usually shipped within 24 hours after purchase. In addition to denatured alcohol, we also offer a wide range of products from petrochemicals to pharmaceuticals, as well as bespoke solutions to suit your needs. Simply contact us for further information.


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