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Please advise what is the difference between ethyl and isopropyl rubbing alcohol?

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Dr. Robert Douglas
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Both types

are excellent cooling and soothing rubbing fluids.
Isopropyl alcohol is a different chemical. It is poison to drink. Rubbing ethyl alcohol is the same kind that is in liquor, but it has been "denatured " by adding chemicals that make it undrinkable. Filtering or "straining " denatured alcohol does NOT make it safe to drink.

In brief: Both types

are excellent cooling and soothing rubbing fluids.
Isopropyl alcohol is a different chemical. It is poison to drink. Rubbing ethyl alcohol is the same kind that is in liquor, but it has been "denatured " by adding chemicals that make it undrinkable. Filtering or "straining " denatured alcohol does NOT make it safe to drink.
Dr. Robert Douglas
Dr. Robert Douglas
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