[Histonet] Re: alternates to absolute ethanol

Robert Richmond rsrichmond <@t> gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 12:39:00 CST 2009

The commonly used (in medical histology anyway) alcohol is 90%
ethanol, 5% methanol, and 5% isopropanol. Since it's denatured, you
don't have the nuisance and taxes of handling beverage-quality
ethanol. The common name for this mix is "reagent alcohol". Other
denaturants such as methylisobutylketone (MIBK) (smells bad) and
acetone (removes eosin) should be avoided.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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