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Methylated Spirit

Methylated spirit, also known as denatured alcohol, is a versatile solvent and cleaning agent composed of ethanol (typically about 90-95%) and a denaturing agent (usually methanol or other chemicals). Its chemical composition renders it unsuitable for human consumption, making it exempt from certain taxes. Methylated spirit is widely employed in industrial and household applications, such as cleaning glass surfaces, removing adhesive residues, and as a fuel for alcohol stoves and spirit lamps. It also serves as a solvent in the manufacture of paints, varnishes, and cosmetics. Its dual nature as a cleaning agent and fuel source, coupled with its cost-effectiveness, makes methylated spirit a valuable and multipurpose product, often found in workshops, laboratories, and homes.


For many learners high school is not enough to prepare them for what they are to face at first year university. They find themselves completely overwhelmed and intimidated by what is expected of them to be able to do in a laboratory.

Unfortunately many learners who want to pursue science subjects go through this dilemma, few as they are because fact is SA is not producing enough learners who will become engineers, doctors, science researchers, let alone science innovators.

To address this, we developed a chemistry kits with 52 experiments for use by learners at home. This gives them an opportunity to gain hand-on exposure and engagement, confidence and understanding they need to study sciences further.

The kit comes with a manual explaining how science is experienced in daily life and therefore brings awareness of the application and usefulness of science, helping the learner relate to what they learn at school.

Some schools do have kits where only the teacher demonstrates the experiments and this is great, but you don’t master driving by watching the driving instructor, you must get in the driver’s seat yourself.

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