Can you use alcohol as antifreeze?
Unlike methanol, pure ethanol is not toxic, but only denatured ethanol can be purchased for commercial use as an antifreeze. Denaturants render the ethanol toxic and some denaturants also will chemically attack polyethylene piping.
Can I use vodka to winterize my RV?
Pump vodka or everclear in, so it comes out all faucets. Then blow the lines out again. This gets rid of almost all water, and any that remains is a water/alcohol mix with a lower freezing point.
What is a substitute for antifreeze?
ASTM International recently announced standards wherein the use of Glycerin within antifreeze and engine coolant products is seen as a much more environmental friendly and cost-effective alternative than Ethylene Glycol, which is the most prevalent component today.
Why is alcohol used as antifreeze?
Substances that inhibit corrosion are usually added; antifoaming agents are sometimes added as well. In automotive windshield-washer fluids, an alcohol (e.g., methanol) is usually added to keep the mixture from freezing; it also acts as a solvent to help clean the glass.
Does antifreeze dissolve plastic?
It provides protection from rust and corrosion and does not harm rubber hoses and plastics. Antifreeze should not corrode metal parts, attack rubber, become viscous at low temperatures, or evaporate readily at the ordinary engine operating temperature.
Can I make my own antifreeze?
Engine coolant is make primarily from water and ethylene glycol (antifreeze), but there are additives that one cannot be sure about in making a homemade coolant, so using this makeshift option should not be permanent. It is always a good idea to take vehicle concerns to a professional when in doubt.
How do you make homemade coolant?
How to Make Radiator Coolant
- Pour one gallon of the antifreeze of your choice into a large bucket or large mixing jug.
- Pour one gallon of distilled water into the bucket or mixing jug. Mix them together thoroughly and use the coolant blend in the car’s radiator. Store the coolant blend in a large, tightly sealed jug.