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- Jun 16, 2006
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- La Verne, California
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- Epson WP-4530
Here is a link to "MSDS" on isopropyl alcohol (http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/i8840.htm).plimsol said:yes indeed, but in the dump i live in if you ask for isopropyl alcohol they look at you as if you are an alcoholic, have tried vodka but not with any success..
It is certainly not suitable for drinking - this is the stuff that they use in a doctor's office to sterilize a site before giving an injection (also known as "rubbing alcohol"). I buy "70% by volume" at my local grocery store for about $1 for a 16 oz bottle. Maybe you are trying to buy ultrapure stuff from a pharamacy.MSDS said:Ingestion:
Can cause drowsiness, unconsciousness, and death. Gastrointestinal pain, cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also result. The single lethal dose for a human adult = about 250 mls (8 ounces).
Below, the author gives a formula for making your own Windex substitute...Have you ever been told that Windex (A popular glass cleaner in the US also popular in the UK is Windolene) works great for dissolving dried ink? Well if you haven't heard it before I am telling you now. However, it is not the "Magic Solution", but it's close.
For clogs that don't respond to windex (and other normal methods), he recommends ammonia. He doesn't say, but I've read that clear non-sudsing forumula should be used.If your print head is not removable you can inject a diluted ammonia mix (10% ammonia and 90% de-ionized water, or just use Windex) into an empty cartridge and run print head cleanings to get the solution into the print head.
You'll want to read the entire article.Most of the toughest clogs can be fixed by soaking the print head in a bowl of a 50/50% solution of ammonia and water overnight. If that doesn't work you can soak it in pure ammonia for up to 1 hour then a 100% water rinse.
~PJ~ said:Printhead cleaning fluid here is isopropyl alcohol, isn't it?
I use 1 part nonsudsing clear household ammonia, 4 parts clear isopropyl alcohol, 5 parts distilled water. You can skip the isopropyl if you wish and use 1 part ammonia to 9 parts water.fotofreek said:Granddad35 once posted the source for the Windex MSDS (data sheet required by the US govt which states all ingredients). I believe it was on the Johnson Wax web site. There is very little ammonia in it. The major ingredient is water with a fairly small percentage of alcohol. Add some blue dye to make you think you are buying something more than water with a few cents worth of other ingredients and you have the original windex. Water, 10 to 20 percent alcohol, and a hint of ammonia would probably do the trick. For a second round of cleaning if that doesn't clear the clog you could boost the percent of alcohol and add another few drops of ammonia. Starting with fairly hot water before adding the alcohol and ammonia wouldn't be a bad idea, either.