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Message started by Curious Aardvark on Mar 26th, 2020 at 8:02am

Title: Making effective hand/surface wipes
Post by Curious Aardvark on Mar 26th, 2020 at 8:02am
So isopropyl alcohol is either unavailable or so bloody expensive it migh as well be unavailable.

But I do have a couple bottles of acetone (use it to clean the printbeds on the 3d printers).

Also have a lot of dry wipes.
The strongest vodka we've got is on;y 50% alcohol. And they recommend 70% minimum.

Thing is I'm getting work in - people are at home and brealking their computers :-)

So Looking for something to wipe down laptops with before fixing.

A quick wipe with acetone should be fine. Just got to be careful I don't dissolve the abs casings :-)


So what are you lot using - if anything ?

Title: Re: Making effective hand/surface wipes
Post by Teg on Mar 26th, 2020 at 8:22am
Just get a bottle of methylated spirit and dilute a bit. The stuff they sell for alcohol burners.

Title: Re: Making effective hand/surface wipes
Post by walter on Mar 26th, 2020 at 11:38am
95% grain alcohol. Also have some 92% isopropyl.

Title: Re: Making effective hand/surface wipes
Post by Curious Aardvark on Mar 26th, 2020 at 3:48pm

Teg wrote on Mar 26th, 2020 at 8:22am:
Just get a bottle of methylated spirit and dilute a bit. The stuff they sell for alcohol burners.


ordinarily that would be doable. But there is nothing for sale anywhjere that hasn;t been jacked up to ridiculous amounts.

Weirdly my mum had a ilitre spray bottle of 70% isopropyl - so we're good for the forseeable future :-)

Title: Re: Making effective hand/surface wipes
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Mar 27th, 2020 at 1:47am
Acetone is nasty stuff. It can cause chemical burns from dehydrating your skin, and itís even worse in your lungs. Donít use it to clean stuff unless you wear gloves and a respirator.

Vodka is by definition just ethanol and water... you can distill it a couple of times to concentrate the ethanol content. Everclear is less pure but starts you at a higher alcohol content.† Check local laws before building your still.

If you want to make absolutely sure things are clean and virus free, light your alcohol wipes on fire before using them ;D

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