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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Amazonian Ink Cartridges

Have you ever wondered what they stick in inkjet cartridges that costs so much money? Well beyond the 50% water content, everyone has this mystery chemical listed as secret. Hmm, maybe its the natural flavor of coke, or the natural flavor of a juejuebee.

Chemical CAS No Percent
Dye(s) 000000-00-2 <3
Trade secret 000000-02-1 15-20
Glycerols 000000-51-3 10-15
Diethylene glycol 000111-46-6 <10
Water 007732-18-5 Balance

--- But what else has that same trade secret chemical in it?

Brand Category Form Percent
Meguiars Deep Crystal Deep Gloss Polish Auto products liquid 5-15
Rain X Marine Cleaner Wax Auto products liquid 5-15
Wal-Mart Super Tech Marine 80W-90 Auto products liquid 1-10
CX Concrete Primer-Part B Hardener Home maint. liquid 40
Roundup Brush Killer Concentrate Yard liquid 73
Ortho Ant B Gon Pesticides bait 99.75
Weather Proof Citronella Candle Pesticides solid >99

Hmmm, Well if you ever find yourself in a bunch, I suppose you could use your citrinella candle if you run out of ink, or visa versa, use your ink cartridges when you run out of Bug Spray! :) Also, since we know that Ortho Ant B-Gone is made of DEET and an accelerant. I can tell you that the secret chemical is not Deet, but is instead listed as an 'INERT INGREDIENT' listed under 40 CFR 158.153, stated to be any ingredient other than an active ingredient. Also noted under OSHA, 29 CFR 1910.1200 if the chemical is hazardous.

This chemical happens to have a flashpoint of 132 degrees F., is considered a level 1 aerosol, and if you decide to ignite it, you will need to extinguish it with either Alcohol Foam, CO2 or a Dry Chemical.

Most likely this secret chemical is either an Propane, IsoButane, Heavy Naptha, or some other Aromatic.

I'm sure by now your thinking you got ripped off on your Ink, but what about the guy who bought the Ant Spray? He basically got 99% alcohol/petro and 1% of actual ingredients. Well the famous Deet product is the pestiside!

Read more here: http://www.panna.org/resources/documents/tobacco.dv.html

Any Questions?