Disinfecting and cleaning glass and metalware

Now that it has become very expensive for me to buy isopropanol in the UK, most likely due to the Coronavirus pandemic, what can I substitute isopropanol with? I’d prefer to avoid ethanol. Also, for cleaning the labware from grease and fat residues, is there a solvent I can use to make it easier to remove? 


  • PharmaPharma Member, Pharmacist
    Acetone might be an option though I'd rather use ethanol where possible.
    Alternatively, use dish washing liquids for lab equipment. These do not contain rinse aids (non-ionic surfactant which form a molecularly thin layer on your glass ware) or go with a DIY solution of pure SLS or SLES. After 'shampooing', rinse with deionised water.
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