Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol and drinking alcohol, is the main type of alcohol found in many popular adult beverages. In its preprocessed form, ethyl alcohol is a colorless liquid that exhibits a slight odor and is also highly volatile and flammable.

  • Synonyms: Ethanol, grain alcohol, drinking alcohol, EtOH
  • INCI: Ethyl alcohol
  • Chemical formula: C2H5OH
  • CAS #: 64-17-5
  • Hazard: H225 - Highly flammable liquid and vapor, H319 - Causes serious eye irritation


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Ethyl Alcohol 190PF USP Kosher
Ethyl Alcohol 200PF Kosher
Ethyl Alcohol Reagent 200PF


AppearanceColorless liquid
SolubilitiesMiscible in water
Density0.7893 g/cm3 (at 20° C)
Boiling point78.24 ± 0.09° C (172.83 ± 0.16° F)
Freezing point-173 °F
Molecular weight46.07 g/mol
Weight per gallon6.79 lb/gal
GradesFCC, Technical, Reagent, USP, FG Kosher


Ethyl alcohol uses include cosmetics, hydroalcoholic gels, pharmaceuticals, solvent.

  • Coatings & Construction: Ethyl alcohol’s miscibility in water makes it highly amenable to use as a solvent. It serves as a main ingredient in paints and coatings.
  • Personal Care: Ethyl alcohol is used as a delivery medium in personal care products such as deodorants, perfumes, and mouthwash.
  • HI&I: It is used as disinfectant in household cleaning products
  • Pharmaceutical: It is used in the formulation of antiseptic, anesthetics, tableting, antibiotics.
  • Food and Nutrition: It finds it application in beer, wine and distilled spirits.

Quick Answers

Ethanol is a volatile, flammable, colorless liquid with a slight characteristic odor.

If you’re looking to buy ethyl alcohol in the United States, Brenntag North America can meet all your needs. We’re an experienced chemical and ingredient distributor known for providing high-quality products, exceptional service, and unmatched expertise.

Your best approach will be to contact Brenntag North America. Brenntag is the established global market leader in ingredient and chemical distribution and can fully supply all your ethyl alcohol and other chemical needs.

Ethanol comes in cans, pails, drums, totes, and bulk.

You can download a copy of the SDS for ethyl alcohol from Brenntag Connect.

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