Is there a reason for all the bottles being 70% ethanol, or is it convention.

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    $\begingroup$ Could you be more specific? Where are you seeing the bottles? $\endgroup$ – LDC3 Jul 15 '15 at 4:52
  • $\begingroup$ I mean that they are not 50 percent or 90 percent, but 70 %. $\endgroup$ – CognisMantis Jul 15 '15 at 4:57
  • $\begingroup$ Could you take a picture and post it to the question? Maybe provide a little more context, at the moment it is really hard to tell what you are asking. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Jul 15 '15 at 7:01

Primarily it is used as an anti-microbial agent. There is lots of data out there showing that the efficacy of ethanol at killing bacteria peaks at the 70% mixture. As they are making tons of it (literally) for the microbiologists, it's easier to just scale production then set up a new production facility for chemists to use at an arbitrary concentration.


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