The Dangers of Butyl Cellosolve & Better Alternatives

Mon February 15, 2021

Butyl Cellosolve uses
Also known as butyl glycol or ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE), Butyl Cellosolve is a harmful chemical found in a wide variety of household cleaning agents. It is a colorless liquid with a deceptively sweet odor.

Originally celebrated for its active solvency and coupling properties, the industry has since recognized the dangers of Butyl Cellosolve usage; it has been listed as one of California’s Toxic Air Substances and is on the New Jersey Department of Health’s Hazardous Substance List.

Butyl Cellosolve Uses

Butyl Cellosolve is an extremely versatile product with a good balance of many different properties that make it a powerful ingredient in various cleaners such as:

  • Glass cleaners
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Laundry additives
  • Bathroom & Kitchen cleaners
  • Multi-purpose cleaners for institutional and janitorial purposes
  • General degreasers


It has also been used for:

  • Pesticide production
  • Various types of paints, primers, sealers, stains, and coatings across industries
  • And more

Unfortunately, its effectiveness as a cleaning product and solvent is not outweighed by the potential damage it causes to the environment and the living organisms within, including human life.

The Dangers of Butyl Cellosolve

In humans, Butyl Cellosolve has been shown to cause liver and kidney damage and should be handled as extremely dangerous. This substance also irritates mucous membranes, including those in the eyes, nose, and throat.

Studies conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry have indicated that Butyl Cellosolve causes the destruction of red blood cells in animals and humans alike, resulting in damage to organs such as the kidney, spleen, and liver. The harmful substance has also been shown to cause reproductive effects and birth defects in animals; fewer offspring, underdeveloped bones, changes in estrous cycles, and cleft palates were all recorded during the conducted testing. 

A Butyl Cellosolve Alternative For Safer Solvent Usage

As the need for an effective alternative for Butyl Cellosolve has become increasingly apparent, VertecBio has risen to the challenge, developing ELSOL BCR. A bio-based solvent alternative to Butyl Cellosolve, this patented blend of bio-based solvent is 20-30% more efficient in viscosity reduction than Butyl Cellosolve and is both easy and inexpensive to distill/recycle.

With a better cleaning power and reduced solvent usage needs when compared to Butyl Cellosolve, ELSOL BCR also contains no environmentally hazardous ingredients, no Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP’s), and is manufactured in the United States.

Superior & Sustainable Solvents With Vertec BioSolvents Inc.

Vertec BioSolvents is dedicated to providing environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional solvents. Placing an emphasis on technology and sustainability, our bio-based solvents are designed to outperform their unsustainable counterparts in nearly every application.

If you have questions regarding our Butyl Cellosolve alternative, or any of our other products, please fill out our online contact form and a representative will respond promptly with more information.

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