Cleaning Chemicals #2: Isopropanol (or How to Get Ink Off Tony McManus’ Shirt.)

On 6PR’s afternoon show today, Tony McManus said that he got some ink on one of his shirts.

How do you get it off?

Head down to your local pharmacy buy a bottle of Rubbing Alcohol:

this remarkable product contains isopropanol, the second most useful cleaning chemical in existence. Just pour it on and it will remove the ink in a jiffy.

Once you see how well it works, you might want to buy in larger volumes, without paying the ridiculous prices charged by pharmacies. It’s not available from hardware shops (more’s the pity), but should be readily available from chemical suppliers (look in the Yellow Pages).

Those of you that work in the electronics industry will probably already be familiar with it, as it is an extremely common chemical for cleaning electronic components, circuit boards, and so on, as it will strip off any oil, grease, fingerprints, and virtually anything else without damaging anything.

Although the common name is isopropanol, other names for it are 2-propanol and propan-2-ol.

Acetone (nail polish remover) will also work, but it’s a little more expensive and difficult to come by.

There are, of course, other ways is to get the ink off, but they involve a lot more elbow grease, and will not work as quickly as the isopropanol.

 

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8 thoughts on “Cleaning Chemicals #2: Isopropanol (or How to Get Ink Off Tony McManus’ Shirt.)

  1. Hi I got the name of your website (where you talk about rubbing alcohol) from 6pr. My car has black leather upholstery and it is marked white from suncream where people’s arms have brushed up against it.

    Would rubbing alcohol be the best thing to use without damaging the leather??

    Thanks for your segment. I find it really interesting – and entertaining

    Irene

  2. Hi, I’m a little confused re your comment, “Acetone (nail polish remover) will also work, but it’s a little more expensive and difficult to come by.”

    I see acetone in many different sized containers at just about every hardware shop including Bunnings & Master’s. Am I seeing a different chemical?

    Thanks!

  3. Good to know it’s the same stuff, then.

    How about isopropyl alcohol? I used to use to to clean disc brakes on my bikes… is it essentially the same as isopropanol in this context?

    Thanks!

  4. Yes, it is exactly the same stuff – isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol, 2-propanol, propan-2-ol, rubbing alcohol, oil of hermes. Actually I made the last one up. It sounds good though…

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