Case Studies on Safer Alternatives to Solvent Degreasing Applications | US EPA (2023)

Selected solvents

  • Trichloretilen (TCE)
  • Methylchlorform (TCA)
  • Dichlormethan (DCM, Methylenchlorid)

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The transition to sustainable manufacturing is best achieved through the application of pollution prevention approaches (P2). This document summarizes a number of case studies highlighting the P2 approach to switching to less toxic aqueous metal cleaners to reduce health risks and manufacturing costs. The EPA published these case studies as a supplement to "Pollution Prevention (P2) Highlight: Reduction of trichlorethylene (TCE) waste in the metalworking sector."

What are cleaning products and how are they used?

Cleaning solvents are used to remove oil, grease, soldering flux and other contaminants. Facilities that manufacture metal products often use solvents and other chemicals such as B. Degreasers to protect metal parts in preparation for subsequent finishing operations such as B. painting or welding to clean.

Trends in reduced TCE use reported by the metals industry to the EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) database:

Selected solvents

  • The amount of atmospheric TCE emissions has fallen from 3 million pounds in 2001 to 0.6 million pounds. in 2012.
  • The number of metal fabricators reporting TCE fell from 141 to 44, suggesting that many mills have either phased out their use of TCE entirely or reduced their use below the £10,000 reporting threshold.

Trichloretilen (TCE): Used as a solvent for degreasing metals, as well as a coolant and dry cleaning fluid. TCE is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that poses a health risk to the central nervous system, kidneys, liver, immune system, reproductive system, and the developing fetus. TCE is also classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a human carcinogen by all routes of exposure (ie, inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact).Learn more about ECT.

Methylchlorform (TCA): Used as a solvent and in some consumer products. Exposure to TCA can cause mild motor impairment (e.g., increased reaction time), dizziness, impaired balance, and lack of muscle control in acutely exposed people. Cardiac arrhythmias and respiratory arrest can result from central nervous system depression.

Dichlormethan (DCM, Methylenchlorid): Used as a solvent in paint removers, as a process solvent in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and film coatings, as a propellant in aerosols, and as a solvent for cleaning and finishing metals in electronics manufacturing. The effects of short-term (acute) exposure of workers and consumers, including bystanders, may cause central nervous system damage or neurotoxicity. Effects of prolonged (chronic) exposure on workers include liver toxicity, liver cancer and lung cancer.Learn more about DCM.

Case Studies:

1. Schick (formerly American Safety Razor) in Verona, Virginia manufactures a variety of steel tools and blades. TCE was used as a cleaning solvent in liquid and vapor cleaning/degreasing operations at a newly acquired facility. Schick's previous experience with TCE as a potential environmental contaminant, combined with the increasing costs associated with its distillation and disposal and increased regulatory risk, made TCE removal a priority.

Schick installed aqueous "wash boxes" on production lines to replace TCE-based cleaning processes, and also used an alcohol-based vapor degreaser as an effective replacement. The use of TCE was completely dispensed with in this system. In addition to risk reduction, these P2 actions resulted in estimated cost savings of $250,000 per year from reduced disposal costs for hazardous waste, materials and energy.

For more information: www.epa.gov/p2/Pollution-Prevention-Accomplishments-Schick-Manufacturing-Verona-Virginia

2. Lightolier in Fall River, Massachusetts manufactures aluminum reflectors for lighting product lines. The plant consumed large amounts of TCE and acids annually. Only 10% of the TCE used was collected for recycling. In addition, the company realized hidden costs such as liability, job security and opportunities to increase productivity.

Lightolier found that 10 percent of an employee's time was spent monitoring TCE degreasers and reporting used TCE sent to a recycler, a workweek for emergency planning and reporting from the Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) was spent on TCE, and 40 percent was spent on right-to-know training for TCE alone.

Also, Lightolier's degreasing systems were becoming obsolete and requiring more and more maintenance. The company replaced the TCE degreasers with an aqueous degreaser and a powder coating degreaser. In addition, changing from pure petroleum lubricants to water-soluble coolants would eliminate the generation of oily parts in the first place.

By removing degreasers and making other improvements such as installing once-through rinse tanks, implementing a backwash and increasing drain time to reduce acid runoff, the company has eliminated approximately 1.25 million pounds of TCE and saved approximately $170,000. Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) have been reduced by 90 per cent from £125,000 to £12,000 per year, also significantly reducing airlines' compliance costs.

Eliminating trichlorethylene and reducing VOC emissions at Lightolier, a division of Genlyte (PDF)(2 pages, 2.1 million,About PDF)
Further information: www.turi.org/TURI_Publications/Case_Studies/Process_Efficiency/

3. V.H. Blackinton & Co., Inc of North Attleboro, MA is a large scale manufacturing operation (cutting, stamping, stamping and raw material processing prior to cleaning, glazing, brazing, polishing, plating and refinishing) of plated items. Metal. . The plant used ozone-depleting freon, as well as TCE and other VOCs and ammonia, but was able to remove them.

Blackinton eliminated the use of freon by replacing the existing dryer for finished jobs with one that uses a hot air and deionized water rinse. TCE cleaning processes have been replaced by an aqueous cleaning system. Approximately 45 gallons of water-based cleaner is used annually, which is achieved by carefully monitoring bath chemistry and ultra-filtering the cleaner weekly for reuse. Additionally, a small filter in the tank, an oil skimmer and switching to compatible water-based stamping and pressing oils made the new aqueous cleaning system more efficient.

More recently, new brazing furnaces with ribbons twice the size of the old furnaces have been installed, doubling the process capacity. The new furnaces use a mixture of 25% hydrogen and 75% nitrogen, eliminating more than 20,000 pounds per year of dissociated anhydrous ammonia used in older furnaces. The cost of the new system and the quality of the end product are the same or better. A closed loop cooling water system that reuses water for the furnaces saves 5,000 gallons per day, and additional water conservation measures eliminate the use of over 25,000 gallons per day.

Further information: www.turi.org/Our_Work/Business/Industry_Sectors/Metal_Finishing/May-20-2004-Metal-Finishing-Forum/Handouts/Case-Studies/Case-Study-V.-H.-Blackington-Company

4. Danfoss Chatleff LLC of Buda, Texas manufactures refrigeration and air conditioning components and uses a TCE-based degreaser to remove machine oil from metal parts. The facility replaced the TCE with an aqueous parts cleaner/degreaser and evaporator that removed 9,900 pounds of hazardous waste per year and saved the facility $36,000 per year. The new cleaning process requires less operator time, estimated at $25,000/year. By eliminating the use of TCE, Danfoss has also significantly reduced future environmental risk/liability associated with the shipping, storage and use of hazardous chemicals. (Danfoss also estimates that it saves approximately $10,000 per year in disposal costs and $1,000 in training and reporting costs.)

5. Perkins Products Inc. of Chicago, Illinois used white spirit parts cleaner to remove straight cutting oil from metal work pieces in the milling department. The company replaced these solvents with aqueous detergents. The detergent turned out to be safer for employees, better for the environment, cheaper and compatible with the current production process. Eliminated a total of 1,600 gallons of solvents, avoided 10,400 pounds of VOCs and saved $500 per year with a payback of just one year.

For more information: www.istc.illinois.edu/UserFiles/Servers/Server_427403/File/TN15-116.pdf(2 pages, 668.6 KB,About PDF)

6. Marathon in Ashland, Minnesota had used a petroleum distillate and terpene-based cleaner to clean the exterior of large appliances. The terpene solvent was suspected of interfering with the biological processes in the refinery's sewage treatment plant. During testing, two aqueous cleaners were applied as a foam that clung to vertical surfaces for several minutes, long enough for the cleaner to act, and then rinsed off with hot water. Refinery personnel who used one of the blowing agents described the result as "fewer chemicals, less time, and less water with better results" compared to the terpene-based cleaner.

Learn more: www.mntap.umn.edu/industries/facility/machine/resources/marathon/

7. Lockheed Martin Defense Systems of Pittsfield, Minnesota consumed 125 tons per year of 1,1,1-trichloroethane (trichloro, 1,1,1-TCA, methyl chloroform) and chlorofluorocarbon-113 (CFC-113, freon) in 39 steam Degreasers used to clean precision products, releasing 70 tons of these chemicals into the air every year.

The company evaluated the technical and economic feasibility of alternative cleaners and the potential impact on worker health and safety. Ultimately, seven aqueous and two semi-aqueous systems replaced 36 of the 39 degreasers, reducing the plant's solvent usage to less than 2 tonnes per year and atmospheric emissions to less than 1 tonne per year. Included cost savings: $497,000 in credible acquisitions; $17,500 for waste disposal and $65,000 for permits and records. The company integrated an aqueous “closed loop” cleaning system into the gearbox assembly and repair process. The system involved a variety of substrates (steel, stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron and bronze) and contaminants (plastic and oil, grease, wax and metal shavings, plastic or rubber) that needed to be removed. This process reduced the use of 2,000,000 gallons of water per year and saved $3,450 in water and wastewater costs.

More information: www.turi.org/content/download/931/4573/file/AqueousCleaning.pdf

8. The Dayton Rogers metal stamping plant in Minneapolis, Minnesota used TCA as a vapor degreaser to remove lubricating oil deposits from parts prior to dry grinding deburring. Eliminate the need for solvents by upgrading your deburring operation to simultaneously deburr and clean parts. The company modified the rotary vibratory machines to increase performance, added a wet grinder and switched to a water-based lubricant to facilitate the removal of forming lubricants in the water-based deburring line. This resulted in savings of $26,575 per year and a payback time of approximately three months. This approach would be appropriate for stamping and machining operations where deburring is performed but precision cleaning is not required.

Learn more: www.mntap.umn.edu/industries/facility/machine/pretreat/

9. Rosemount Aerospace Inc. of Burnsville, Minnesota used TCA during sensor cleaning at a major aircraft data instrument manufacturer. After sensor assembly, the TCA comes in contact with silicone oil during testing to remove the oil before the soldering process. The sensor-tested aqueous cleaners removed light oils and fingerprints at least as well as the existing vapor degreasing system and eliminated worker exposure to TCA.

Learn more: www.mntap.umn.edu/industries/facility/machine/resources/aqueous/

10. APS Materials Inc., a small metal refining operation in Dayton, Ohio, used TCA and methanol in its degreasing operation to clean orthopedic implants such as those used in knee and hip replacements. A dilute limonene solution was tried as a substitute for the detergent. This diluted terpene-based cleaner adequately cleaned metal parts without adversely affecting the performance of the plasma arc coating application. The wiper replacement resulted in cost savings of $4,800 per year and a payback time of 4.5 months. The elimination of the disposal problems associated with methanol and TCA, along with maintaining plasma arc coating quality, makes the use of terpene-based cleaners attractive for other plasma spray coating processes, as well as other operations.

More information: citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/pdf/fde6e9ef6360a57c05edb79c7560d2199e67c693

According to an EPA analysis of TRI data in 2013of the 280 facilities that reported DCM use in the US, 61 reported newly implemented source reduction activities. Two examples are:

  • An organic chemical manufacturer that had previously used DCM to clean equipment when moving from one process to another switched to a less hazardous cleaning solution of water and limonene; It is,
  • An optical instrument manufacturer started using aqueous cleaning solutions instead of DCM.

11. Roberts Automatic Products, a third-generation, family-owned precision manufacturing company based in Chanhassen, Minnesota, specializes in precise and complex CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining and screwdriving machine parts. Roberts used DCM as a degreasing solvent to clean its parts and reported to TRI up to 40,000 pounds per year of DCM waste discharged or treated in the factory.

Roberts purchased Serec closed circuit vacuum degreasers in 2011 and commissioned them in 2012. Roberts reduced his DCM drop to £13,636 from over £44,000 last year. The facility is no longer required to file TRI reports for DCM and has eliminated DCM as a source of toxic waste and hazardous air pollutants.

For more information: www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/reducing-dichloromethane-waste

  • Safer Alternatives to Solvent Degreasing Applications (pdf) (416,09 KB, September 2016)

FAQs

What is a substitute for degreaser? ›

Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl. Stir together to make a paste. For extra degreasing power, add a few drops of orange or lemon essential oil. (If you've ever used lemon essential oil to remove a sticky label, it works the same way here.)

What is an alternative to trichloroethylene degreaser? ›

AeroTron™-100 is a non-flammable, affordable, fluorinated vapor degreasing solvent that is ideal for replacing Trichloroethylene with no boosting or bath testing required.

Is degreaser safe for environment? ›

Oil-based degreasers are usually toxic and flammable. Even small amounts entering surface or groundwater can result in serious pollution. Many oil-based degreasers readily evaporate and contribute to smog or ground level ozone. Water-based cleaners are generally safer for the user and the environment.

What are the best solvents for degreasing? ›

Trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene are the solvents most commonly used for vapor degreasing, particularly the former.

What is a gentle degreaser? ›

Vinegar is an effective sanitizer; liquid soap is a great stain remover and degreaser; baking soda makes a gentle abrasive and lightener for tough stains; and essential oils add a clean scent — mix them together and they make the perfect degreaser for your kitchen (and other places, too!).

What is the absolute best degreaser? ›

The 11 Best Kitchen Degreasers for Fighting Tough Grease.
  • method Heavy Duty Degreaser.
  • Mrs. Meyer's Cream Cleaner.
  • Arm & Hammer Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda, 1 lb.
  • Dr. Bronner's All-Purpose Cleaner.
  • Aunt Fannie's Extra Strength Vinegar: For Cleaning.
  • Grove Co. Multi-Purpose Cleaner Concentrate.
  • Bon Ami Powder Cleanser.
  • Mrs.
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What is the most aggressive degreaser? ›

The highest strength industrial degreaser available, Solvalene was created for the toughest degreasing applications.

What is a solvent free degreaser? ›

Water-based, solvent-free concentrate. Formulated to remove light oils greases and soils from a wide range of metals including aluminum, stainless steel, copper, brass and magnesium. Can also be used on plastics. Phosphate free, non-toxic and non-caustic. Contains no glycol ethers or hazardous solvents.

What is the best organic solvent for grease? ›

Among the given options, toluene is an organic solvent and organic compounds get readily dissolved in toluene. Thus, the best solvent for grease is toluene.

What is the problem with degreaser? ›

Degreasers that contain harsh chemicals can also be environmentally hazardous. These chemicals can pollute the air, water, and soil and can also contaminate crops. This can lead to long-term environmental effects like soil erosion, contamination of water supplies, and damage to ecosystems.

Is Zep Purple degreaser toxic? ›

Company : Zep Inc. Hazard statements : H314 Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.

Is cleaning vinegar a degreaser? ›

Vinegar just doesn't work on removing grease from surfaces because it is an acid. Use an alkaline soap, such as dish soap, for oil spills and messes.

What is the best chemical to remove oil and grease? ›

Baking soda is an alkali, which means it does a great job of dissolving grease. And because it's mild, it destroys grease without destroying the surface you're cleaning. Just mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water.

What is the best solvent to remove grease and oil? ›

What Is the Best Solvent to Dissolve Grease? Alcohol is the best solvent to dissolve grease. For instance, isopropyl alcohol will quickly break down grease and grime in your home.

What is the difference between solvent and degreaser? ›

While solvent cleaners evaporation time can range from milliseconds to months, water-based degreasers usually operate in a much narrower range. They typically are not left to evaporate on their own, and can normally be used in a cold or hot soak application.

Is Dawn considered a degreaser? ›

Dawn® Ultra Heavy Duty Degreaser is designed to clean tough, greasy soils. It can be used to clean extra-tough, greasy build-up on variety of kitchen surfaces like range hoods, ovens, greasy quarry tile floors and other greasy hard surfaces.

What is alkaline degreasing? ›

ALKALINE CLEANING is a commonly used method for removing a wide variety of soils from the surface of metals. Soils removed by alkaline cleaning include oils, grease, waxes, metallic fines, and dirt. Alkaline cleaners are applied by either spray or immersion facilities and are usually followed by a warm water rinse.

Is Dawn dish soap a mild degreaser? ›

Yep, Dawn will cut through the grease from your body just like it does the grease from food! It also cleans soap scum. Just squirt it all over the tub and use a stiff-bristled brush or broom to lather and scrub it away.

What is the best surfactant for degreaser? ›

Aqua-Cleen® is a nonionic surfactant that has high detergency and oil-in-water emulsifying power. Its unique formulation gives it the ideal hydrophilic to hydrophobic ratio (HLB) to be both water soluble and have outstanding oil splitting performance. It's the perfect additive for cleaners and degreasers.

Is hydrogen peroxide a good degreaser? ›

Hydrogen peroxide has nearly the same chemical makeup as water but with one additional oxygen atom. This allows it to break down quickly and harmlessly. It works well as a degreaser, cleans the streaks out of mirrors, and can be used on countertops and floors as a disinfectant.

Can simple green be used as a degreaser? ›

Designed to be used on washable surfaces, Simple Green can be used to remove heavy dirt, grease, food residue and stains from countertops, sinks, tile, carpet, flooring, upholstery and more.

What chemical should be used for removing heavy grease? ›

Sodium hydroxide is both a degreaser and a cleaner. It dissolves fat, grease, oil, and protein-based deposits, producing a water-soluble solution that you can wash away. This process is called saponification. Use it to clean greasy surfaces, stainless steel, glass bakeware, cookers, and household appliances.

Does WD 40 work as a degreaser? ›

WD-40 is a lubricant dissolved in a solvent. While it can break down grease and oil to a certain degree, it also adds back some. This might be desirable if you are cleaning a hinge, conveyor, or corrosive-prone part, but not if you need it truly clean.

What ingredients are harmful in degreaser? ›

Degreasers
  • Common hazardous ingredients. Carbon tetrachloride, methylene chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, perchloroethylene, toluene, trichlorethylenexylene.
  • Potential hazards. Flammable; extremely toxic; air pollutants. ...
  • Use. Use according to label instructions in a well-ventilated area.
  • Storage. ...
  • Disposal. ...
  • Alternatives.

Is isopropyl alcohol a degreaser? ›

99% ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL is a general all-purpose industrial cleaner and degreaser. Removes dirt and grime quickly. Dries quickly, leaving no residue.

What is the difference between water based and solvent based degreaser? ›

Solvents evaporate much faster than water-based cleaners. Water-based cleaners can be used for cold or hot soak application, while solvent cleaners have added chemicals that reduce the evaporation rate. This gives it more time to effectively clean and dissolve contaminants.

Is solvent free better? ›

The main difference between the two is that solvents free is water based and contains less than 5% of solvents, whereas the the solvent based contains a much larger amount. This makes them safer and more comfortable to use in small spaces like bathrooms, due to the low odour/odourless attributes of the adhesive.

What is the strongest organic solvent? ›

Acetonitrile is arguably the best organic solvent as it results in the lowest system backpressure in water mixtures and also has a very low UV cutoff for better UV/Vis detection sensitivity.

What is a good organic solvent? ›

Organic solvents with low polarity such as hexanes, toluene, dichloromethane and diethyl ether are usually chosen as the organic extracting solvent.

Is Pine Sol a degreaser? ›

A: Yes, it is very effective at removing grease and heavy soils from your laundry. Simply rub it full-strength on grease spots or heavily soiled areas before washing. For extra cleaning and deodorizing power, you can also add 125 ml (½ cup) to the wash load.

Is degreaser a carcinogen? ›

Many solvent-based degreasers contain toxic chemicals that are bad for the environment and human health. Long-term exposure can lead to kidney, liver, or nervous system damage, and cancer.

How do you use a degreaser safely? ›

Never mix the degreaser with other cleaning products. You'll typically just spray on the surface and give it a minute or two to penetrate the heavily soiled surface. Then wipe with a cloth, sponge or paper towel. After wiping up a food contact surface, rinse the surface with water.

Is degreaser a hazardous material? ›

Hazard Statements : Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. May cause an allergic skin reaction. Precautionary Statements : Prevention: Avoid breathing dust/ fume/ gas/ mist/ vapors/ spray. Wash skin thoroughly after handling.

Is Zep environmentally friendly? ›

Zep Concentrated Tuff Green is environmentally-friendly in that all of its ingredients are biodegradable - they will be broken down into minerals, water, and carbon dioxide. The surfactants used in this product are also environmentally-friendly (no APEs).

Is Purple Power Degreaser environmentally friendly? ›

Is Purple Power harmful to plants and animals? Purple Power is biodegradable and septic safe, but as with all chemicals, it should not be ingested. Be sure to rinse thoroughly when using around plants, grass, flowers or animals.

Is Simple Green degreaser toxic? ›

SIMPLE GREEN® is safe for use on skin and will not cause irritation in the majority of users. Avoid contact with eyes, irritation may result. Wear splash goggles or full face-shield and have eye washing equipment available in areas where potential is high for eye contact.

Is alcohol or vinegar a better degreaser? ›

Vinegar is a strong acid with amazing uses, BUT rubbing alcohol is better for all-purpose cleaning. Remember rubbing alcohol can be used on any surface to clean it. Vinegar is acidic, so it can't be used on everything!

What should not be cleaned with vinegar? ›

  1. When to Avoid Cleaning With Vinegar. Below, we highlight nine instances when you should skip the vinegar and grab a different cleaning agent for the job. ...
  2. Clothes Iron. ...
  3. Countertops. ...
  4. Dishwasher. ...
  5. Electronic Screens. ...
  6. Flooring. ...
  7. Knives. ...
  8. Range.
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Is baking soda a good degreaser? ›

Yes, baking soda is a good cleaning agent. Baking soda acts as a cleaning agent because it is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for effective removal. Because baking soda is a pure, natural product that is also a food, it is non-toxic, unlike many other household cleaners.

What dissolves grease and fat? ›

Use a 50:50 mix of boiling hot water and white vinegar. The hot water will melt the fat; the vinegar removes it from the lining of the pipes, and the flow of the water will carry it away down the pipe, so follow up with more hot water in a few minutes.

Does rubbing alcohol remove grease and oil? ›

Now, let's tackle that grease stain. Cleaning expert Leslie Reichert says the real solution to removing oily stains is rubbing alcohol. Apply it to the stain using a light, dabbing motion until the area is wet. Allow the alcohol a few minutes to break down the oil, then rub the area with a simple bar soap, like Ivory.

What chemical removes oil sludge? ›

Two of the most popular and affordable industrial degreasers that can dissolve oil sludge and build up are acetone and IPA. Acetone is a great industrial degreaser for a few reasons. Acetone can break up both oil build up and harden resins, meaning it can be used on 3D printing equipment as well.

Does hydrogen peroxide dissolve grease? ›

Hydrogen peroxide isn't just for cuts and scrapes anymore. It's an amazing little cleaner! Not only is it non-toxic but it is also very inexpensive and disinfects. It can get rid of baked on grease, get rid of stains, and is gentle enough to use as a mouthwash.

What kind of cleaning chemical is used to dissolve heavy grease and oil? ›

A degreaser is a cleaning agent used to dissolve grease and oil from hard surfaces.

What are alternatives for degreaser? ›

White spirit from any hardware shop will do a great job of degreasing components like cassettes and chains, while Isopropyl alcohol can be used to clean your disc brake rotors. WD40 is also great for breaking down unwanted grease and oil, and washing up liquid will do for general cleaning.

Is Dawn a solvent based cleaner? ›

Dawn® Heavy-Duty Degreaser is full-strength cleaning for tough grease. Solvent-based degreaser for extra tough buildups on surfaces such as range hoods, ovens, walls behind equipment, floors, drive-thrus and fuel islands.

Is Dawn dish soap a solvent based detergent? ›

The Chemistry of Blue Dawn®

Dishwashing liquids contain cleaning agents, solvents, pH adjusters, then things for viscosity. All things store-bought will contain a preservative so they stay fresh!

Is Dawn soap a degreaser? ›

3. Degrease cabinets. Dawn's grease-cutting power works just as well on cabinets coated in cooking grease as it does on dishes. Just squirt some on a wet sponge, lather up, and wipe the grime away.

Is rubbing alcohol a degreaser? ›

Using Isopropyl Alcohol As A Degreaser

As mentioned above, IPA is an effective degreaser and can be used to cut grease residues, which can then be easily wiped off the surface. Grease residues are hard to clean and often require more powerful cleaning agents to effectively remove them from surfaces.

What is a good homemade heavy degreaser? ›

Homemade Heavy Duty Degreaser
  • 2 cups of white vinegar.
  • 2 cups of baking soda.
  • 1 cup of blue Dawn.
Jul 7, 2022

Does vinegar work as a degreaser? ›

Vinegar just doesn't work on removing grease from surfaces because it is an acid. Use an alkaline soap, such as dish soap, for oil spills and messes.

What is the best soap to degrease? ›

Final Verdict. For the best performance and value, there's no beating Dawn Ultra Original Dish Soap. It's incredibly effective at cutting grease and removing stains using as little product as possible.

Is vinegar and Dawn a good degreaser? ›

First, both ingredients are excellent at dissolving tough grime. However, vinegar alone will simply run off of most surfaces, while dish soap is too thick to use as a spray. But when you mix them together, you get an effective, sprayable cleaner that sticks to any surface!

Is hydrogen peroxide a degreaser? ›

What is Hydrogen Peroxide? Hydrogen peroxide has nearly the same chemical makeup as water but with one additional oxygen atom. This allows it to break down quickly and harmlessly. It works well as a degreaser, cleans the streaks out of mirrors, and can be used on countertops and floors as a disinfectant.

Can you use vodka as a degreaser? ›

Greasy spaces.

Use straight vodka or a one-to-one vodka to water mix to degrease the tops of range hoods, backsplashes, and countertops. Apply the vodka or vodka solution to surfaces with a spray bottle or with a vodka-moistened rag or sponge.

Can I use WD40 as degreaser? ›

Great for cleaning greasy automotive parts, tools, shop floors, industrial machinery, commercial appliances and equipment. It can even be used in cleaning equipment such as power washers and ultrasonic tool cleaners as long as rinse is discharged to wastewater treatment.

What is the best soap to remove oil and grease? ›

Liquid dish soap is effective at cutting through grease on clothes, just like it does on your dishes. As a pre-treatment, apply a few drops of liquid dish soap to the stain and let it soak in, rubbing gently with fingers, a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush, or a cloth to help work it in.

Is Ivory dish soap a degreaser? ›

Product Description. These dish detergents help remove grease and food residue from dishes and cookware in handwashing applications. Formulas are available to assist in specific cleaning applications and dishwashing stages.

What dissolves heavy grease and oil? ›

Alcohol is the best solvent to dissolve grease. For instance, isopropyl alcohol will quickly break down grease and grime in your home.

What is the best chemical for heavy grease? ›

  • Best Budget Degreaser—Formula 88 Cleaner and Degreaser. ...
  • Best Spray Bottle Degreaser—Easy-Off Heavy Duty Degreaser Spray. ...
  • Best Rapid Cleaning Degreaser—3D Grand Blast. ...
  • Best Professional Degreaser—Zep Heavy Duty Citrus Degreaser.
  • Best Powerful Degreaser—Zep Fast 505 Cleaner and Degreaser.

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