Detailed Product Description:
Methylene chloride (also known as Dichloromethane) is a colorless,
volatile liquid with a moderately sweet aroma. A colorless, volatile
but nonflammable liquid, soluble in alcohol and ether. Slightly soluble
in water. Commonly used as the active ingredient in paint removers.
It is widely used as a solvent, considered to be one of the less harmful
of the chlorocarbons. It is miscible with most organic solvents.
This is Reagent Grade material with minimum purity of 99.5%.
Dichloromethane was first prepared in 1840 by the French chemist, Henri
Victor Regnault, who isolated it from a mixture of chloromethane and
chlorine that had been exposed to sunlight.
Its volatility and ability to dissolve a wide range of organic compounds
makes it an ideal solvent for many chemical processes. It is widely used
as a paint stripper and a degreaser. It is also used to chemically weld certain
plastics. Its volatility has led to its use as an aerosol spray propellant and
as a blowing agent for polyurethane foams. It is also used as a fumigant
pesticide for stored strawberries and grains. It is also the most common
"active" component in “Drinking Birds.” Concerns about its health effects
have led to a search for alternatives in many of these applications.
Often sold under the brand name of "EMA Plastic Weld" it is used
extensively in the model-making industry for joining plastic components
together where it is commonly referred to as "Di-clo".
Dichloromethane is the least toxic of the simple chlorohydrocarbons, but
it is not without its health risks as its high volatility makes it an acute
inhalation hazard. Dichloromethane is also metabolized by the body to
carbon monoxide potentially leading to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Prolonged skin contact can result in the dichloromethane dissolving some
of the fatty tissues in skin, resulting in skin irritation or chemical burns.
It may be carcinogenic, as it has been linked to cancer of the lungs, liver,
and pancreas in laboratory animals.
Click here to download MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)
Comes packed in 500ml amber glass bottle. Also available in 250ml size.