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 its use 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 as 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.
99.1 - 99.5
Density @ 20°C
0.791 - 0.794
Fixed Acidity (as Acetic Acid)
Hazard Statement Code
Causes serious eye irritation.
May cause damage to organs .
Highly flammable liquid and vapour.
Precautionary Statement Code
Do not breathe vapour/ spray.
Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing/ eye protection/ face protection.
IF ON SKIN (or hair): Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/ shower.
IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
Dispose of contents/ container in accordance with local regulations.
Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking.
If eye irritation persists: Get medical advice/ attention.
Store in a well-ventilated place. Keep cool.
Take precautionary measures against static discharge.
Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
Store locked up.
Ground/ bond container and receiving equipment.
IF exposed or concerned: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor.
In case of fire: Use foam, carbon dioxide, dry powder or water fog to extinguish.
ADR/RID Shipping Name
ETHANOL (ETHYL ALCOHOL) or ETHANOL SOLUTION (ETHYL ALCOHOL SOLUTION)
Boiling point (degrees Celsius): Approx. 78 760 mm Hg
Melting point (degrees Celsius): -114
Relative density: 0.79
CAS No.: 64-17-5
What is Denatured Alcohol Used For?
Denatured alcohol is ethanol that has been made unfit for human consumption through the addition of denaturants. These can sometimes alter the colour of the alcohol, make it unpleasant to drink or even cause adverse effects such as nausea in cases where it is consumed.
There are several ways in which alcohol is denatured, the most popular one being the addition of 5-10% methanol. This is usually done when the alcohol is intended for use as a fuel and is why it is sometimes referred to as industrialmethylated spirits.
Common uses for denatured alcohol include:
¢ As a solvent in the removal of paint, glue and wax from a variety of surfaces
¢ As fuel for alcohol burners and camping stoves
¢ As a sanding aid
¢ As a cleaning agent in the removal of dirt, grime, grease and debris from wood and windows
¢ As a pest exterminator
¢ In cosmetics as an antibacterial agent, preservative, anti-inflammatory and/or deodoriser
Buy Denatured Alcohol in the UK
Denatured alcohol is available to purchase from trusted chemical suppliers, ReAgent. Choose from 2.5L or 25L containers, or contact us if you would like to discuss any bespoke requirements.
As leading UK chemical suppliers, we give customers complete support and advice at every stage of the buying process, and you can be assured that all of our products meet stringent industry standards. These include our ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System, which ensures the quality of the denatured alcohol you purchase, as well as our ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Standard which is a symbol of our sustainable sourcing methods.
You will need to register your interest in this product with The National Registration Unit before we can supply it to you. 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'.