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Recipe of the Week – Week 30: Ethanol

Continuing our new series of chemical recipes, we bring you week 30 – Ethanol (C2H6O)

Remember that when preparing any of our recipes, you should:

  • Always wear appropriate PPE including eye protection and gloves.
  • Always add acid to water (never water to acid).
  • Use a fume cupboard.
  • Always carry out a risk assessment when using any chemicals.
  • Follow all recommended safety procedures and adhere to the label instructions, hazard warnings and local legislations.


Wear eye protection. Keep away from sources of ignition.
1 litre 70% ethanol – 700ml ethanol and 300ml water.
1 litre 90% ethanol – 900ml ethanol and 100ml water.
1 litre 95% ethanol – 950ml ethanol and 50ml water.

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