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I have an empty aluminum Ether bottle (Shipping name diethyl Ether) that I'd like to use as a large drinking bottle as this is thick aluminum. Is it dangerous? Here is some of the info on the bottle.

Chemical Composition: (C-2 H-5)2-O f.w.74.12.

Name: Ether Purified (For Fat Extraction)

Other: Mallinckrodt (Brand?) 5.51 lb

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Diethyl Ether 60-29-7

Ethyl Alcohol 64-17-5

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Why don't you try? And let us know what happens... –  Awal Garg May 27 at 10:27

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Mallinckrodt is the chemical manufacturer. The ethanol is added to the ether to prevent peroxides from forming in the ether (like an antioxidant). If you wash and rinse the container thoroughly a few times, then it should be fine.

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Okay, thanks. Few? Like three? Would I die if it isn't washed properly? –  Keaton May 27 at 1:22
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Likely, all the ether (and ethanol) has evaporated so the amount in the container should not pose a problem. Washing it will decrease the amounts even more. Twice would be adequate and three times is even better. –  LDC3 May 27 at 1:24
    
I'd do 10. I figure if that is good enough for analytical chemistry, it is good enough to drink out of. Three is only good enough for synthetic chem. –  Canageek May 27 at 7:27

I'm sure the bottle itself will be safe to use, but I would strongly recommend that you remove or destroy the label. Mislabeled items sometimes lead to unanticipated consequences. Admittedly, that also takes some of the fun out of it.

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