# Replacement for cyclohexane

I am attempting to isolate pure iodine from kelp using the method described here but I do not have any way of possibly obtaining cyclohexane. I was wondering if any easier to obtain solvents would work as well to isolate the iodine from the rest of the mixture. I was hoping to use a solvent that is easy to obtain in a grocery or hardware store.

• @ K_P Methylene chloride and chloroform are polar and both immiscible with water but actually have a very minimal solubilty . – Technetium Sep 7 '15 at 6:38

You want Mineral Spirits which you should be able to purchase at any quality hardware store or Walmart. Mineral spirits, mineral turpenine, or whatever you want to call it, is a mixture of saturated hydrocarbons distilled from petroleum. It is a general purpose paint thinner for oil-based paints. Since it is mainly C7-C12 alkanes, it will have a higher boiling point than cyclohexane $(140\ ^\circ\mathrm{C}$ vs $81\ ^\circ\mathrm{C})$., but it will have the same general polarity as cyclohexane.
Another common low polarity paint thinner is toluene, which has a lower boiling point at $110\ ^\circ\mathrm{C}$.