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I was wondering if I can use gasoline for a non-polar extraction of organic substances instead of prescribed diethyl ether, which is a bit hard to get in my country. If not, are there any products that can be found at hardware stores for example and can be used as a non-polar solvent?

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Gasoline is a mixture of several compounds, paraffins, cycloalkanes, and olefins (alkenes), the purification can be a challenge.

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  • $\begingroup$ Then again, maybe you don't need any purification. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin May 15 '17 at 11:09
  • $\begingroup$ Is there anything you would suggest? $\endgroup$ – Xystem303 May 15 '17 at 11:10
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    $\begingroup$ Actually, I will not. The extracted solution will be thrown away. Can I use it then? $\endgroup$ – Xystem303 May 15 '17 at 11:11
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    $\begingroup$ Try ethyl acetate or acetone. Or you use gasoline and see what happens. Try with samll amount so you don't have to synthesis again and again. $\endgroup$ – user45264 May 15 '17 at 11:56
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    $\begingroup$ @Waylander If I'd use acetone, will it dissolve some polar compounds too, as it is a bit polar? Because I need to keep it for the next phase of extraction. $\endgroup$ – Xystem303 May 15 '17 at 15:06

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