How do solvents work?
In chemistry, solvents – which are generally in liquid form – are used to dissolve, suspend or extract other materials, usually without chemically changing either the solvents or the other materials.
What are organic solvents?
Organic solvents are carbon-based solvents (i.e., they contain carbon in their molecular structure). Many different classes of chemicals can be used as organic solvents, including aliphatic hydrocarbons, aromatic hydrocarbons, amines, esters, ethers, ketones, and nitrated or chlorinated hydrocarbons. Some of the most common uses of organic solvents include chemical synthesis, clothing dry cleaning, paint thinners, nail polish and glue removers as well as detergents.
How do you use solvents safely?
For consumers using personal care products with solvents, for example nail polish removers with acetone, or products that contain solvents, such as paint, consult the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use. For DYI projects, it is important that people working with “stronger” solvents, such as paint strippers or stronger cleaning products, closely follow manufacturer’s instructions for the product’s safe use.
What is the meaning of “solvent cleaners”?
These type of cleaning solvents are used to remove oil, grease, solder flux (used to make electronics) and other contaminants.
What are the key safety considerations for a consumer who is using product that is a solvent, or contains a solvent?
Personal care products, such as nail polish, hair sprays or deodorants, may either “be” solvents, include significant amounts of solvents, or include smaller amounts of various solvents. The manufacturer’s safe use instructions should be followed.
Home improvement products, such as paints, finishes or glues, may also contain solvents to help them perform effectively. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use information.