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  • Isopropyl alcohol also isopropanol, iso, isopro, rubbing alcohol, or the abbreviation IPA is a common name for propan-2-ol, a colorless, flammable chemical compound with a strong odor.
  • Isopropanol is a clear and flammable liquid at room temperature with odour resembles that of a mixture of ethanol and acetone.


  • Isopropyl alcohol is produced by combining water and propene. There are two processes for achieving this: indirect hydration via the sulfuric acid process and direct hydration.
  • Pure isopropyl alcohol is made by azeotropic distillation of the "wet" isopropyl alcohol using either diisopropyl ether or cyclohexane as azeotroping agents.


  • Isopropyl alcohol is also commonly used as a cleaner and solvent in industry.
  • It can also be used to remove stains from any fabric, wood, cotton, etc.
  • Isopropyl alcohol also works well at removing smudges, dirt, and fingerprints from cell phones and PDAs. It is effective at removing residual glue from sticky labels.
  • Isopropyl alcohol is commonly found in many cosmetics and food products.


  • A comparison between 70% isopropyl alcohol and 1.5% lauricidin to test their antimicrobial properties was done using a protocol validated by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Canadian production of isopropyl alcohol is estimated at roughly 185 million pounds per year, about half of which is exported. Shell Canada, the only Canadian producer, operates a 200-million-pound-per-year plant at Corunna, Ontario.
  • In the US, the use of isopropyl alcohol in the production of derivatives, especially for the production of monoisopropylamine for herbicides continues to be the fastest growing segment.

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