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This solvent is a degreaser as well as an antiseptic agent. When mixed with water and a touch of dish detergent, alcohol does a fine job of cleaning tobacco-smoke film off windows, mirrors and video screens. Alcohol is also good at removing adhesive residue, which is resistant to plain water or general-purpose cleaners. Use denatured alcohol or isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol for cleaning purposes; check rubbing alcohol before use to make sure it contains no dye or perfume.


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As with many solvents, denatured or rubbing alcohols should be considered poisonous and stored away from the reach of young children. They are also flammable and should be used only in a well-ventilated area.



Don Aslett in The Cleaning Encyclopedia: Your A to Z Illustrated Guide to Cleaning Like the Pros.

Alcohol:  Created on November 3rd, 2009.  Last Modified on January 1st, 2010


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