What is Denatured Alcohol?
Denatured alcohol, also known as methylated spirits, is a mixture of mostly ethanol with small amounts of additives that make it unpleasant tasting, nauseating and/or sometimes poisoning in order to deter consumption. Some products may also be dyed to indicate the presence of additives.
Industrially, this product is commonly used as a solvent, while household applications include as a fuel for alcohol burners and camping stoves.
There is a variety of different additives that can be added to the ethanol depending on its intended use. The most common one is methanol, which is usually added up to 10% in solution and has led to denatured alcohol often being referred to as “methylated spirits”.
Other additives may include one or a combination of denatonium; isopropyl alcohol; acetone; methyl ethyl ketone and methyl isobutyl ketone. These additives do not alter the properties of ethanol, but rather make it undrinkable due to their toxicity.
Buy Denatured Alcohol 99% from ReAgent
We supply denatured alcohol in both 2.5L and 25L containers, with discounts available for bulk orders. All of our products come with further options, such as customised labelling and specific pack sizes.
If you would like to talk about your own requirements in more detail before placing your order, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We also supply denatured alcohol 95%.
In order to purchase denatured alcohol you will need to register your interest with HM Revenue and Customs. Please call them on 0300 200 3700 to request a registration letter. The process does not take long and HM Customs and Excise are normally really helpful. This product is likely to be referred to industrial denatured alcohol, or IDA.
Hazards & Safety Information
Ethanol itself can cause irritation of eyes and skin, as well as headaches, drowsiness, weakness, narcosis, and liver damage after exposure to high concentrations. It is also highly flammable and should be stored away from any ignition sources. Further toxicity depends on additives used; for example, ingestion of methanol, even in small doses, can cause blindness or even be fatal.
For further information and full instructions on how to safely store and handle this product, please refer to the denatured alcohol 99% MSDS we have available.