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99% Rubbing Alcohol
updated: Feb 25, 2013, 4:22 PM

Does anyone know if there is a place in Goleta that sells 99 percent rubbing alcohol?

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 COMMENT 378600 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 04:40 PM

CVS. Walgreens.Rite Aid. Grocery stores. Look for the brand name Swans, which is usually a 99% formulation.

99% is usually the most common form of isopropryl alcohol.


 COMMENT 378610 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 04:51 PM

Does the other stuff rub you the wrong way?


 COMMENT 378612 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 04:59 PM

@ 610...well done!


 COMMENT 378617 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 05:06 PM

378611 - Is that party at the old-age home? Unless you are mid-40s or older you wouldn't even know who Kitty Dukakis is let alone know about her and rubbing alcohol.


 COMMENT 378626 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 05:20 PM

600: Actually, 70% seems to be all you can find easily any more. I was in Rite Aid (Fairview center) a few days ago, and all they had was 70%. Grocery stores commonly only have 70%. A few years ago I could find it more easily, but not so much anymore. Admittedly, I don't remember to look each place I go that carries rubbing alcohol. I do know I've found it previously at the Turnpike CVS, but it was a while ago, so that's not saying they still carry it.

The other stuff doesn't work as well for cleaning.


 COMMENT 378630 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 05:25 PM

Typically isopropyl alcohol is about 90%... 99% is extremely rare. I wonder if the 99% would be found for professional applications like furniture refinishing.


 COMMENT 378634P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 05:35 PM

Agree with 626 about the percentage, from my experience, but on line, it's easy to get the stronger stuff.
I only have hydrogen peroxide at home at this time.

I use rubbing alcohol on a chronic skin condition, not for hash.


 COMMENT 378641 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 05:51 PM

Marvak Electronics, Magnolia Shopping Center, by Ralph's. They're now in the back of the center on the right. CVS usually stocks 90%, also has 100% acetone. I got an old bottle of 99% reagent grade isopropyl with a Longs label at a yard sale recently - surprised they ever sold that high purity.


 COMMENT 378646 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 06:19 PM

I haven't looked in about six months, but Vons was 'recently' carrying 99% IPA.


 COMMENT 378647 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 06:23 PM

You can denatured alcohol at Lowe's and other hardware stores. It is used as a campstove fuel.


 COMMENT 378651 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 06:38 PM

Okay, I gotta ask--why do you specifically need 99% alcohol? I just looked at the label of my ancient bottle of rubbing alcohol from Longs and the alcohol percentage isn't even listed. Trivia fact: in England you can buy codeine over the counter, but you can't buy rubbing alcohol. It was explained to me that people might be tempted to drink rubbing alcohol. I guess people who would eat blood pudding would drink anything.


 COMMENT 378652 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 06:42 PM

617, I'm 28 and I know full well who Kitty Dukakis is.

I also know it's a cheap joke, considering the person here was asking a legit question and got comments insinuating they are an alcoholic. :(


 COMMENT 378656 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 06:58 PM

Do you mean completely de-natured alcohol which is used to fuel a burner?
They have this at Smart &Final


 COMMENT 378661 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 07:09 PM

Completely denatured is a lower percentage. Slightly denatured is the higher percentage (less methyl alcohol in the mixture with ethanol). The ethyl makes it poisonous to drink.


 COMMENT 378663 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 07:17 PM

70% is common because it isn't flammable. 90% is available, but is harder to find because it is flammable. I've never seen 99% in a store anywhere. If it has to be 99% you may have to order it from a laboratory supplier.


 COMMENT 378669 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 07:50 PM

Close but backwards, 378661. Denatured alcohol is ethyl alcohol (the moonshine type) made poisonous by adding methyl alcohol (typ) and trace other compounds. Methyl alcohol makes you blind or worse, and is best avoided.
I bought some 99% isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol) about a year ago, I think at Walgreens. It's better for cleaning optics, drys well and you can always add a bit of water if using for skin or rubbing alcohol. FYI, 70% isopropyl alcohol/water is a better antiseptic than the higher concentrations.


 COMMENT 378674P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 07:54 PM

I thought Everclear was illegal?


 COMMENT 378681P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 08:11 PM

My old bottle of 99% Alcohol (isopropyl rubbing alcohol), that I use for cleaning, was purchased at Vons [Vons brand]. There is an 'EXP1203' on the front label = probably telling me that the contents expired in December 2003? Still works fine.


 COMMENT 378711P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 05:03 AM

Ethanol, the kind of alcohol in booze, has two carbon atoms. Isopropanol, or isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol, has three carbons. An alcohol has a carbon atom replaced by -OH. It's a class of chemical. Denaturing means adding chemicals to ethanol so that it's not drinkable. The word doesn't apply to rubbing alcohol. Marvak Electronics for 99% isopropanol.


 COMMENT 378784P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 08:51 AM

Everclear is sold on VAFB and delicious! I've found 90% at the $.99 store a while back, but notice recently purchased 70% at Albertsons. What about Kmart? If you're needing it to clean, you could try the smoke shop for various chemicals that clean tar and should get any goop you need off of things.




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