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.
UsageIt 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)