Question of the Day – Wednesday May 9 , 2018

Question – What is 2-butoxyethanol and where is this chemical used most commonly?

Answer- 2-Butoxyethanol is a clear colorless liquid that smells like ether. It has many names including ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, ethylene glycol butyl ether, ethylene glycol n-butyl ether, Butyl Cellusolve, butyl glycol, and butyl Oxitol. It is used as a solvent in spray lacquers, enamels, varnishes, and latex paints and as an ingredient in paint thinners and strippers, varnish removers, and herbicides. It is also used in liquid soaps, cosmetics, industrial and household cleaners, and dry-cleaning compounds. (https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=346&tid=61; accessed April 2018)