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South African Journal of Chemistry

On-line version ISSN 1996-840X
Print version ISSN 0379-4350


LANGHALS, Heinz. The Quality Control of Alcoholic Components of Disinfectants by a Simple Colour Test. S.Afr.j.chem. (Online) [online]. 2020, vol.73, pp.81-83. ISSN 1996-840X.

The identity and quality of liquid components for disinfectants, preferentially isopropyl alcohol and ethanol, can be determined with the naked eye using solvatochromic dyes and comparing their colour with a colour scale. Thus, any confusion with toxic methanol or other solvents can be excluded, as can also the application of raw materials in insufficient concentration or incorrect formulations. The production of a quick and easy to use simple low-cost test kit is described.

Keywords : Disinfectants; alcohols; analytics; colour test; quality control.

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