What is Ethanol and its uses?

What is Ethanol and its uses?

Ethanol, also called alcohol, is one of the clear, colorless liquid chemicals and the main ingredients in alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, or brandy. Ethanol is a natural by-product of plant fermentation and can also be produced through the hydration of ethylene. Because of the nature of chemical liquids that dissolve easily in water and other organic compounds, ethanol is also an ingredient in a variety of products, from personal care and beauty products to paints and varnishes to fuels.

Then, what is the use of ethanol in everyday life?

  1. Personal Care Products, Ethanol is a common ingredient in many cosmetics and beauty products, if we look at the composition of personal care products such as lotions, hairspray, and hand sanitizers. This chemical liquid is also effective to kill microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

  2. Household products, Ethanol easily mix with water and many organic compounds and are effective solvents for use in household products such as paints, varnishes and varnishes, and household cleaners. In addition, ethanol is also used as a preservative because it is effective in warding off organisms that are harmful to humans.

  3. Food Dyes & Flavors, Ethanol as a food additive, ethanol can help evenly distribute food coloring, and improve the taste of food extracts.

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