25th November 2019


What are the different types of solvents?

Organic solvents (containing carbon) are classified by their chemical structure, of which there are three main types;
  • Hydrocarbon solvents (aliphatic and aromatic)
  • Oxygenated solvents (alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, glycol ethers, esters, glycol ether esters)
  • Halogenated solvents (chlorinated and brominated hydrocarbons)

Subsequently, one may also ask, what are common household solvents?

Generally 100 percent organic solvents:
  • Furniture stripper.
  • Turpentine.
  • Charcoal lighter fluid.
  • Drycleaning fluids.
  • Paint thinner.
  • Nail polish remover.
  • Degreasers.
  • Lubricating Oils.

What are some examples of solvent?

Some examples of solvents are water, ethanol, toluene, chloroform, acetone, milk, etc. Examples of solutes include, sugar, salt, oxygen, etc. There are numerous examples of solutions. For example milk (solvent) and sugar (solute) makes sweet milk.

What is a common solvent?

Common uses for organic solvents are in dry cleaning (e.g. tetrachloroethylene), as paint thinners (e.g. toluene, turpentine), as nail polish removers and glue solvents (acetone, methyl acetate, ethyl acetate), in spot removers (e.g. hexane, petrol ether), in detergents (citrus terpenes) and in perfumes (ethanol).
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