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2 (2 Ethoxyethoxy)ethanol

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2-(2-Ethoxyethoxy)ethanol, also known under trade names Carbitol, Carbitol cellosolve, Transcutol, Dioxitol, Poly-solv DE, and Dowanol DE, is an industrial solvent. It is a clear, colorless, hygroscopic liquid. Structurally it is an alcohol and an ether, a triethylene glycol missing one hydroxyl group with formula CH3CH2OCH2CH2OCH2CH2OH. At direct contact it causes drying of skin by leaching fats, and is mildly irritating to the eyes. It is flammable.


2-(2-Ethoxyethoxy)ethanol can react with oxidizing materials. It is incompatible with strong acids, acid chlorides and acid anhydrides . It is also incompatible with alkalies. It may react with peroxides, oxygen, nitric acid and sulfuric acid.


  • It is used as a solvent for dyes, nitrocellulose and resins.
  • It is used in non-aqueous stains for wood, for setting the twist and conditioning yarns and cloth, in textile printing, textile soaps, lacquers, cosmetics and quick-drying varnishes and enamels.
  • It is also used in brake fluid diluent and in organic synthesis.
  • It used to determine saponification values of oils and as neutral solvent for mineral oil-soap and mineral oil-sulphated oil mixtures (giving fine dispersions in water)
  • References

    2-(2-Ethoxyethoxy)ethanol Wikipedia

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