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Mar 18, 2021 1:31 PM CST
Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
Region: Ukraine Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums Adeniums Bromeliad Tropicals
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I often use rubbing alcohol for pest control on my plants. Normally I use 70% isopropyl alcohol (diluted).

I've been having trouble finding isopropyl alcohol with the pandemic, and all I can seem to find right now is a rubbing alcohol compound. The ingredients are as follows:

- 95% Ethanol
- Camphor
- Denatonium Benzoate
- Diethyl Phthalate

Would this be safe as an alternative to the isopropyl alcohol? Or are some of those ingredients potentially harmful?
If safe, what would you recommend for a dilution?
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Mar 18, 2021 2:20 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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I useIsopropyl alcohol all the time. I buy it as 70% and further dilute it to a 50-50 mixture with water.
For most insect problems, several applications may be needed.
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Mar 18, 2021 2:21 PM CST
Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
Region: Ukraine Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums Adeniums Bromeliad Tropicals
Aroids Hibiscus Sedums Container Gardener
That's usually what I do. Just wondering if the ethanol is a safe substitute. I haven't been able to find the isopropyl for months now.
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Mar 18, 2021 2:36 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
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It is readily available on Amazon!
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Mar 18, 2021 3:14 PM CST
Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
Region: Ukraine Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums Adeniums Bromeliad Tropicals
Aroids Hibiscus Sedums Container Gardener
I'll take a look. Just wondered because I already have bottles of the ethanol compound. Hilarious!
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Mar 18, 2021 3:16 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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I wouldn't use the stuff with the additives. Use vodka or other hard liquior. Don't use beer or wine, the sugars encourage fungus and molds.
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Mar 18, 2021 3:17 PM CST
Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
Region: Ukraine Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums Adeniums Bromeliad Tropicals
Aroids Hibiscus Sedums Container Gardener
Okay. I'll stick to using the ethanol for disinfecting tools. Thumbs up
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