Replacing Acetone: Safe, Non-Toxic Alternatives to Meet Your Needs

Mon October 12, 2020

Acetone, sometimes known also as Propanone, is a good industrial solvent for many plastics and synthetic fibers. It is used for everything from thinning paints and resins to cleaning tools. It is also used as one of the volatile components of paints and varnishes. However, there are several crucial drawbacks that make finding a replacement solvent of the utmost importance. Here, we will outline a few of the reasons why you should begin to replace acetone and how to get started.

Why Do I Need to Replace Acetone?

There is a whole slew of reasons why large industrial manufacturers should look to replace acetone. Outlined here are just a few of the most important to consider.

Negative Health Effects

Acetone is especially dangerous when ingested, but even breathing moderate levels of acetone for short periods of time can cause:

  • Flammability
  • Nose, throat, lung, and eye irritation
  • Headaches and fatigue


Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of acetone is its high flammability. In some instances, acetone’s vapors have ignited in drains and caused explosions. Because of this high risk of fire, acetone must be stored in environments with no sources of ignition. Your acetone storage needs to be strategically placed away from sparks, flames, or unexpected arc flashes.

Unnecessary Hassle

To dispose of acetone on an industrial scale, you will need a hazardous waste treatment plan or a recycling company who can process acetone in bulk on your behalf.

Additionally, certain states, such as Ohio, have reporting requirements for the use of acetone and federal organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have their own set of reporting requirements as well. 

For many companies and organizations, the reporting requirements, and negative impacts of using acetone are more than enough motivation to begin the search for alternatives.

What Are My Alternatives?

There are several alternatives that exist to replace acetone, including Replacetone, Methyl Acetate, and VertecBio™ ELSOL® AR.

Vertec’s ELSOL® AR is a bio-based replacement for acetone, with a high performance and a versatile solvent blend for formulations.

Best Uses

As a great bio-based replacement for acetone, ELSOL AR is best used as a solvent blend or in paint, coating, and ink formulations. 

Usage and Environmental Benefits

In house testing has found ELSOL AR to be 20-30 percent more efficient in viscosity reduction than acetone. It also has an excellent flow characteristic when in formulation, high loading capacity, and can blends can be customized for maximum performance for your specific industry need.

Environmentally speaking, ELSOL AR is easy and inexpensive to distill or recycle, 100% biodegradable to carbon dioxide and water, and has no environmentally hazardous ingredients. Additional environmental benefits of ELSOL AR include:

  • Carbon neutral
  • No ozone depleting chemicals (ODCs).
  • Non-carcinogenic (not listed on California Proposition 65)
  • No hazardous air pollutants (HAPs)

Vertec Biosolvents: Superior Performance, Sustainable Technology

Manufactured in the US, Vertec’s full line of bio-based solvents are derived from renewable resources and solvent blends that provide high performance. We are proud to provide these environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional petroleum-based solvents and look forward to helping you create a more sustainable future for your business.

Reach out today to discuss your solvent needs and we will help match you with the ideal bio-solvent for your needs. 

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