Chemical Reactivity with Metals, Plastics and Synthetic Materials

How to safely clean everything from Mercury to Mayonnaise

We know messes here at Gordon Brush. We also know how to clean up a mess. From Acetaldehyde to Zinc, we've advised people on how to clean up all manner of chemicals. Many people do not realize the disastrous effects resulting from the combination of certain materials and specific chemical types - we are here to help. View our expansive chart on which chemicals react with different types of materials and read a few of our highlights below. Always clean safely!

Chemical Reactivity with Brush Materials

A - No effect
B - Minor effect
C - Moderate effect
D - Severe effect

Chemical aluminum brass carbon steel hasteloy c 302 stainless steel 304 stainless steel 316 stainless steel 440 stainless steel titanium abs acetal nylon peek polyester Polyethylene Polyphenylene Sulfide Polypropylene pvc teflon
Acetaldehyde B A C A A A A A D A C B C C A C D A
Acetamide A C B A B A A B D
Acetate Solvent A A A A A A A A B D
Acetic Acid 5% C B B
Acetic Acid 10% B D C B A A B C C A B B A B B A
Acetic Acid 20% B D B A A C C D A A A A D A
Acetic Acid 80% B C A D B A D D D A A A A D A
Acetic Acid 100% D D B D
Acetic Acid, Glacial B A A A C A A A D D C A A A A D A
Acetic Anhydride B D D A B A A D D C A A B D A
Aceto-acetic ester D
Acetone A A A A A A A B A D A A A C B A A D A
Acetonitrile A A
Acetophenone B C B
Acetyl Bromide D D A
Acetyl Chloride C A A
Acetyl Chloride (dry) D D A A A D D B A D C A
Acetyl Nitrile B
Acetyl Salicylic acid D
Acetylene A B A A A A A A A A A A C A
Acid Chloride 104 °F D A D A A A
Acid Fluoborate Bath R.T. D D A A A
Acid Fluoborate Bath R.T. D
Acid fumes D A
Acid Sulfate Bath 150 F C A D A D A
Acrylic Acid A A
Acrylic Acid R
Acrylonitrile B B B A A A D B A A B A
Adipic Acid A A A A B A A
Adipic Acid; sat. in water R
Alcohol, Allyl A A C
Alcohol, Amyl C B C A A A A A B A A B B A B C A
Alcohol, Benzyl B C A A A B A D A B D A A D A
Alcohol, Butyl B C C A A A B A A D A A A C A
Alcohol, Butyl Phthalate B A B B B B B A A B A
Alcohol, Cetyl B A B
Alcohol, Diacetone A A A A A B A A A D B B B A
Alcohol, Ethyl [Ethanol] B C A A A A A B B A A B A A C A
Alcohol, Furfuryl A A A B A B A D B B B D A C D A
Alcohol, Heptyl C
Alcohol, Hexyl A C A A A A A A A A A A
Alcohol, Isobutyl B C A A A A B B A A A A A A
Alcohol, Isopropyl B C A A B A B A D D A A A A A
Alcohol, Lauryl B B B
Alcohol, Methyl [Methanol] B B A A A A B D C B A A A A B A
Alcohol, Nonyl B B B
Alcohol, Octyl A C A C A A A A A A A A A
Alcohol, Propyl A A A A A A A B A D A A A A A
Aliphatic esters D A
Alkaline Cyanide Bath R.T. A A A A A
Alkyl chlorides D
Allyl Chloride A
Alohois Amyl A
Alum Potassium Sulfate (Alum), 10% A A A A
Alum Potassium Sulfate (Alum), 100% D
Aluminum Acetate A
Aluminum Chloride D D A A B B B A D A B A A A A
Aluminum Chloride 20% D D A A D C B C C B A A A A
Aluminum Fluoride B A D D D A C D B A A A A
Aluminum Hydroxide B B A B A C B B B A A A A
Aluminum Nitrate D A B A C A B A A B A
Aluminum Oxylchloride A
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate 10% C A A C A A A C D A A A A
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate 100% C A D B A C D B A A A
Aluminum Sulfate B B C B B A A C A A A B A A A A
Ammonium Alum A A A A A A
Amines B B A B A B B D A B B A A
Ammonia (gas;dry) C
Ammonia 10% A A A A A A C D A A B A A B A
Ammonia Nitrate C A A A C D A A B A
Ammonia Solution A A A
Ammonia, Anhydrous A D B B B A C A D A A B A A A A
Ammonia, aqueous A A A
Ammonia, Chloride A
Ammonia, Hydroxide A
Ammonia, Liquid D A A B B A C D B B D A A A A
Ammonia, Persulfate D
Ammonia, Sulfate D
Ammonium Acetate A D B A A A A A
Ammonium Bifluoride B A B D B A D A A A
Ammonium Bisulfate A
Ammonium Carbonate B A B B B B A A D A A A A A
Ammonium Caseinate A D
Ammonium Chloride B D D D C C B A B B A B A A A A
Ammonium Fluoride A
Ammonium Hydroxide B D B B A A A B C A A A A A A A
Ammonium Metaphosphate A
Ammonium Nitrate B C C B A A A B C B A A A A
Ammonium Oxalate A A A A B A A
Ammonium Persulfate C C A B A B A A D D A A A
Ammonium Phosphate, Dibasic B A D B B C A A B B B A A A A
Ammonium Phosphate, Monobasic B A B C A B B B A A A
Ammonium Phosphate, Tribasic B D B B B A B B B A A A
Ammonium Sulfate A D B B B B A A B A A A A A
Ammonium Sulfide D D B B D A A A A
Ammonium Tartrate A
Ammonium Thiocyanate D
Ammonium Thiosulfate A D A A A B
Amyl Acetate B A C A A A A D B B A B D A B B A
Amyl Chloride D A A A C B C D A C D D D A
Amyl Phthalate
Aniline C D C B A B C D A B A C A A C A
Aniline Chlorohydrate C
Aniline Hydrochloride D D D D D A D D D B A
Aniline Oils C A A A D D C A D A
Anise Oils A A A
Anthraquinone Sulfonic Acid A
Anti-Freeze A B C A A B D A A B A B A A
Antimony Plating A A D A A A
Antimony Plating Solution 130 F A A D A A A
Antimony Trichloride D D B D D B A D A A C A
Aqua Regia D B U D A C
Aqua Regia (80% HCl, 20% HNO3) D D C D D A D D D D B C A
Arochlor 1248 A A A B B A A D
Aromatic Hydrocarbons A A A C A A A C B C B A
Aromatic solvents D A
Arsenic Acid D D A C B D D B A D B
Arsenic Plating 110F - - A A A A A A A
Arsenic Salts A A
Arsenic Trioxide (powder) A
Arylsulfonic Acid A
Asphalt B B B A B A A B A A
Barium Carbonate D B B B B B A B A A A B A A A A
Barium Chloride D A A B A A A A A B B A A A A
Barium Cyanide C C A A A A B A B D D A
Barium Hydroxide C A B B B B B A D A B A B A A
Barium Nitrate B C A B B A B A A A A
Barium Sulfate B B A A B B B A B A A B B A
Barium Sulfide D C C B B A A A A B B A A
Barrel Chrome Bath 95o F D C D A A A
Bay Oils A A A
Beer A B D A A A B B B B A B A B A A
Beet Sugar Liquids A A A A A B B A A A A
Benzaldehyde B A A A B B A C A B A D A D B A
Benzalkonium Chloride C
Benzene B A B B B B A D A A A D B A C B A
Benzene Sulfonic Acid D A A B B B B D A D A A
Benzoic Acid B A A B B B A B C A B B A B B A
Benzyl B A A B A A A D A B A B D A
Benzonitrile A C D D C A
Benzyl Acetate D
Benzyl Chloride D A C C B D A A C C A
Bicarbonate A C B B A A A A
Bismuth Carbonate A
Black Chrome Bath 115 F C A D A A A
Black Liquor A
Bleaching Liquors A C B A A
Bone Oils A A A
Borax (Sodium Borate) B B C B A A B B A A B A B A A
Boric Acid C B A A B A A A A B A B B A A A A
Brake Fluid B B A
Brass Plating High Speed Bath 110 F A A A A A A
Brass Plating Regular Bath 100 F A A A A A A
Brewery Slop A B
Brine (acid) A
Brines, saturated A
Bromic Acid C
Bromide (K) solution A
Bromine D D D A D D D D D D C D D D B A
Bromobenzene C
Bromotoluene A
Bronze Plating Copper-Cadmium Bronze Bath R.T. A A A A A A
Bronze Plating Copper-Tin Bronze Bath 160 F A A A A D A
Bronze Plating Copper-Zinc Bronze Bath 100 F A A A A A A
Butadiene A A C C A A A A B A C B A
Butane A A C A A A A A A A C A C B A
Butanol A A A A A A A
Butter A C A B A A A A A
Buttermilk A A A A A B A B A A A
Butyl Acetate A A C A B D C A B D A
Butyl Amine A A B A B C A D B D A
Butyl Carbitol C
Butyl Ether A A A D A A D A A
Butyl Mercaptan A
Butyl Phenol A
Butyl Phthalate A A C A
Butyl Stearate A
Butylacetate A A A B A A A A A B D A
Butyl Cellosolve A
Butylene A A A A A A B A A A
Butyne Diol A
Butyric Acid B A A B B A D B C A B B A
Cadmium Acetate A
Cadmium Chloride A
Cadmium Plating Cyanide Bath 90 F A A A A A A A
Cadmium Plating Fluoborate Bath 100 F D A D D A A A
Cadmium Sulfate A
Caffeine Citrate A
Calcium Acetate A
Calcium Bisulfate D D D A A A A A
Calcium Bisulfide C A B B A D A B A A A
Calcium Bisulfite Bleach Liquor D A B C A A D A A A B A
Calcium Carbonate D A A B A B B A A B A A A
Calcium Chlorate A C A A A A B A
Calcium Chloride C A A A C B A B D B A A B A A B A
Calcium Hydroxide C A A A B B A D A A A A B A
Calcium Hypochlorite 15% D A A B C B A D C B B A A B B
Calcium Nitrate B A A B C B B A D A A A A A
Calcium Oxide C A A A A D A B A A B A
Calcium Sulfate C A A B B B A C A B B A A B A
Calgon A A B A A
Camphor A D A
Cane Juice B A A A A C A A
Caprolactone A
Carbitol A
Carbolic Acid (Phenol) B A A A B B A D D D A B D A
Carbolic Acid 50% D D B
Carbolic Acid 100% D D B
Carbon Bisulfide B A B A A D D
Carbon Dioxide (dry) B B1 A A A A B A A A A A A
Carbon Dioxide (aqueous solution) B B A A A A A B A A A A B A
Carbon Disulfide B B C B B B B A B A D A D C A
Carbon Monoxide A A B A A A A B A A A
Carbon Tetrachloride (dry) D A A B B B A D B A B A D A A
Carbon Tetrachloride (wet) D A A B A A A D A B B A D A
Carbonated Water A D A A A A A B A
Carbonic Acid B C A A A B B A A A B A A A A
Carene 500 A
Castor Oil A A A A A A A A
Catsup D A A B B A A A
Caustic Soda C A C B A
Cellosolve Acetate B A A A
Champhor B B
Chloracetic Acid C D D A D D D D A A
Chloral Hydrate A
Chloramine A
Chlorinated Glue D A A D D C
Chlorinated Solvents A
Chlorine (dry) C D A A B D D D A D D D D A
Chlorine (gas) A C
Chlorine (liquid) C
Chlorinated Water (Hypochlorite) D D A A C C A D C D D C A
Chlorine, Anhydrous Liquid D D D C C D C D A D D D D A
Chloroacetic Acid D C A B A A D D A B A B B A
Chloroacetyl Chloride C
Chlorobenzene (Mono) B B B A A B B D C B A C D A D D B
Chlorobromomethane A C A D A
Chloroform B B B A A A A D A C A D B A B D A
Chloropicrin A
Chlorosulfonic Acid C B A A D B A D D A D D D C A
Chlorox (Bleach) C C A A B D D D A A
Chocolate Syrup A A A A A A A
Chrome Alum A
Chromic Acid 05% C C A B B A A B D D D B A C A A
Chromic Acid 10% D D A A B B A B D D A D A A
Chromic Acid 30% D C A D B B A B D D B D A A
Chromic Acid 50% D A
Chromic Acid/Sulfuric Acid/water-50%/15%/35% A
Chromic/Nitric Acid (15%/35%) A
Chromic-Sulfuric Bath 130 F C A D A A A
Chromium Salts B A
Chromium: Barrel Chrome Bath 95 F D D C D A A A
Chromium: Black Chrome Bath 115 F D C A D A A A
Chromium: Chromic-Sulfuric Bath 130 F D C A D A A A
Chromium: Fluoride Bath 130 F D C D A A A
Chromium: Fluosilicate Bath 95 F C C D A A A
Chromium Nitrate A
Cider B A A A A A B A A A
Cinnamon Oil A A A A A
Citric Acid C C A A B A A C B C A B A B B A
Citric Acid 10% D B B
Citric Acid 20% D B B
Citric Oils C A A B A A A
Clorox® (Bleach) A A A A B D A D D A A
Clove Oil A A A A B
Cocoa Butter B B B
Coconut Oil B A A A A A A
Coconut Oil Alcohol R
Cod Liver Oil B A A C A A A A
Coffee A A A A A A A A A A
Copper A A A A A A
Copper Acetate A
Copper Carbonate A
Copper Chloride D A D D C A B D B A A A A
Copper Cyanide D C A A B B B B B B A A A A
Copper Fluoborate C D D B D A A A
Copper Fluoride A
Copper Nitrate D C A B A A B B D B A A A A
Copper Plating (Acid) D
Copper Pyrophosphate 140 F A A A A A A
Copper Salts D A D D
Copper Strike Bath 120 F A A A A A A A A A
Copper Sulfate 5% Solution D D A A B B A C D B A A A A
Copper Sulfate >5% D D A B B A D D A A A A
Copper Sulfate Bath D D D A A A
Copper Sulfate Bath R.T. D A D A A A
Copper: (Acid) Copper Fluoborate Bath 120 F D D D A A A
Copper: (Acid) Copper Sulfate Bath R.T. D A D A A A
Copper: (Cyanide) Rochelle Salt Bath 150 F A A A A D A
Copper: (Electroless) 140 F A A A A
Copper: Copper Pyrophosphate 140 F A A A A A A
Copper:  High-Speed Bath 180F A A A A D A
Copper:(Cyanide) Copper Strike Bath 120F A A A A A A A A
Copper:(Cyanide) High Speed Bath 180 F A A A A D A
Copper-Tin-Bronze Bath 160 F A A A A D A
Copper-Zinc-Bronze Bath 100 F A A A A A A
Corn Oil B A A C A A A A A
Corn Syrup A
Cotton Seed Oil B C A A C A A A A A A A
Cream A A A A A A A
Creosote A
Cresols B B B A A B D D D D A C D
Cresote Oil A A A D D
Cresylic Acid B A B A A A D D D A C A C A
Crotonaldehyde A
Cu-Cd Bronze Bath A A A A A A
Cumene A
Cupric Acid D A A D B A D A A A A
Cupric Fluoride A
Cupric Sulfate A
Cuprous Chloride A
Cu-Sn Bronze Bath A A A A D A
Cu-Zn Bronze Bath 100F A A A A A
Cyanic Acid A A D A
Cyanide Bath 90 F A A A A A A
Cyclanones C
Cyclohexane A A A B A A A A A A A B A C D A
Cyclohexanol B A B C
Cyclohexanone A A A A A A D A A A C A C D A
Cycolic Acid
D.D.T. (Xylene Base) A
Decalin B D D
Desocyephedrine Hydrochloride A
Detergents B A A B A A A B B A A A B A A A A
Dextrin A
Dextrose A
Diazo Salts C
Dibutoxy Ethyl Phthalate C
Dibutyl Phthalate A
Dibutyl Sebacate B B C
Dichlorethane B B A A B B B D A A D C D D A
Dichlorobenzene B A A B D C C D A
Dichloroethylene A
Diesel Fuel (2D, 3D, 4D, 5D) A A A B A A B A A A A A A
Diethyl Ether B B B B B A D A A A A D A
Diethylamine B A A A A A D C A A C A B A
Diethylene Glycol B A B A A A B A B C B A C A
Diethylketone C D B
Diisobutylene A
Dill Oil C
Dimethyl Aniline A A B B B A D D A A D D A
Dimethyl Formamide A A B D D C A B A A A D A
Dimethyl Hydrazine A
Dimethyl Phthalate A
Dimethyl Sulfoxide A
Dimethyl Amine C
Dioctyl Phthalate A C C
Dioxane A A
Diphenyl Ether B B B B B B D C D A
Diphenyl Oxide B B B A A C A D D A
Disodium Phosphate A
Dowtherm A
Dyes B A A A C A B
EDTA, Tetrasodium C
Ehtyl Ester (ethyl acrylate) A
Electroless 200 F D D D A
Emulsifiers, concentrated A
Epichlorohydrin C C B
Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) B A B A B A B B A A A C A
Essential Oils B C
Esters D A
Ethane A A A A A D A D A A
Ethanol B A A A A A A B A A A B A C A
Ethanolamine B A B B A A B D A A D D A
Ether B B B B A A A D A B A B B A C D A
Ethoxyethanol A
Ethyl Acetate A B B A B B A D A A C C A C D A
Ethyl Acrylate A
Ethyl Benzoate D B D A
Ethyl Chloride B A C B A A A D A A D A D D A
Ethyl Ether B B B B B A D A A B A B D A
Ethyl Sulfate A D D B A
Ethylacetate C A B A A
Ethylene Bromide B A B A A B D D D A
Ethylene Chloride C A B B B B D A A B A B D A
Ethylene Chlorohydrin B B B B B B D D D D D A
Ethylene Diamine B D C B B A D D D A D A
Ethylene Dichloride C B B B B B B D B A D D A D D A
Ethylene Glycol A B B B B B A A B A A B A A A A A
Ethylene Oxide D C A B B D D B B D D D A
Fatty Acids A B A A B A B A A A B A A A
Ferric Acetate A
Ferric Chloride D C B D D A A D C A B A A A A
Ferric Hydroxide A
Ferric Nitrate D C B B B A A C B B A A A A
Ferric Sulfate D C A A B A A B C A A A A A
Ferrous Am. Sulfate Bath 150 F A C A D A D A
Ferrous Chloride D C B D D A A C D B B A A A A
Ferrous Chloride Bath 190 F D D A D C D A
Ferrous Sulfate B A A B B B A A B D A B A A A A
Ferrous Sulfate Bath 150 F A C A D A D A
Fish Solubles B
Flourine D D D D D D C C C
Flousilicic Acid D B D B D B A A A A
Fluboric Acid D B D B C B A A A
Fluoborate Bath 100 F A D D A A A
Fluoborate Bath 145F B D D D A D A
Fluoboric Acid D A C A B B D A A D A A A A
Fluoride Bath 130F D D C D A A A
Fluorinated refrigerants A
Fluorine A B B C A D A D D A D D D B
Fluoroboric Acid A
Fluosilicate Bath 95F D C C D D A A
Fluosilicic Acid D B C B C B D A A D A A D A
Formaldehyde 40% B A B C A B B A C A B A A A A
Formaldehyde 100% B B C A B B A D B C A A
Formic Acid C B D A B A C D C D A B B A A C A
Freon 11 C B A A A B D D B C A A A A
Freon 12 B B A B B B A B A C B A B A
Freon 21 C
Freon 22 C A A A A B A B A B B A
Freon 113 B A A A C A A A D B A
Freon 114 A
Freon T.F. C A A A A B A C D D B A
Fructcose A
Fruit Juice A D C A A A A B C A A B B B B
Fuel (1, 2, 3, 5A, 5B, 6) C A B A A A A D A A D A A A B
Furan Resin A A B A A C A D A A
Furfural A A
Gallic Acid C B D B A B B A A A B B
Gasoline A A A A D D A A B D A C C A
Gasoline (high-aromatic) D A A A A A B D B A A A A B
Gasoline, leaded, ref. A A A A A A A D A A A B B A
Gasoline, unleaded A A A A A A D A A A C C A
Gelatin A C D A A A A B A A A B A
Ginger Oil A A A
Glucose A A B A A A A B A A A B B A A A
Glue P.V.A. B A A B A A A A C A
Glycerine A B A A A A A C A B A A A A A A
Glycol Ethers A
Glycol, Ethylene A A
Glycolic Acid A A A A A B B B A A B A
Gold Monocyanide A A A D
Gold Plating Cyanide 150 F A A A A D A
Gold Plating Neutral 75 F C A A A A A
Gold: Acid 75F A C A A A A A
Gold: Neutral 75 F C A A A A A
Grape Juice B A A A B B A B A A
Grease A A A A A A C A A A
Halocarbon Oils A
Heptane A A B A A A A C A A A B A B B A
Hercolyn A
Hexamine D A
Hexane A A B A A A A D A B A B B A B B A
Hexanol, Tertiary C
Hexene A
Hexyl A
High Chloride 130-160 F C A D A D A
High Speed Bath 180 F A A A A D A
High Speed Brass A A A A A A A
Honey A A A A B A A A A A
Hydraulic Oil (Petro) A A A A A B A D D A A
Hydraulic Oil (Synthetic) A B A A A A A A D A A
Hydrazine A A C A C C A
Hydrobromic Acid D D D D A D D B D B A A
Hydrobromic Acid 20% D D D D A C D C B D A B A
Hydrobromic Acid 100% D D D D A B D D C B A B A A
Hydrochloric A C B D D A D A C A
Hydrochloric Acid 10% A D A B D B A A
Hydrochloric Acid 20% D D D C B D D A A D B A A
Hydrochloric Acid 37% D D D C C D D D A D B B A
Hydrochloric Acid 100% D D D D D D D D A A D B C A
Hydrochloric Acid (Dry Gas) D D D C C C A A B A A
Hydrocyanic Acid (Gas 10%) D D A C D A A A
Hydrocyanic Acid A C C A B A B B B B A B B A B A
Hydrofluoric Acid A C B D D D D B C A
Hydrofluoric Acid 20% D D D D C D D A A A C A
Hydrofluoric Acid 50% D D D D C D D A A B
Hydrofluoric Acid 75% D C D D D D D C B B C A
Hydrofluoric Acid 100% D D C C D D D D C D D B C A
Hydrofluosilicic Acid A B C D A B A
Hydrofluosilicic Acid (20%) D C B D B D A A B A
Hydrofluosilicic Acid 100% D D D D B D A A B
Hydrogen Gas A C B A A A A A A A A A
Hydrogen Peroxide A D D A B B D C D A A A
Hydrogen Peroxide 10% A D C C C A D C A A A A A
Hydrogen Peroxide 30% A C A B B B D D B A A B A A
Hydrogen Peroxide 100% A D B B B D D D A B C B A A
Hydrogen Phosphide A
Hydrogen Sulfide A A A C A A B A
Hydrogen Sulfide (aqua) B B A B A B B C C A B A A B A
Hydrogen Sulfide (dry) C D B C A A C B A A A A
Hydroquinone B A B B B D A D B B A A A
Hydroxyacetic Acid 70% D B C C
Hydroxylamine Sulfate A
Hypochlorite A B A A A A A A
Hypochlorous Acid C
Indium Sulfamate Plating R.T. A A C C A D A A A
Ink C A C C A B C C A
Iodine D D A D D A D C B B D C B A
Iodine (In Alcohol) B B B C D C D B B A
Iodine Tincture D B
Iodoform A B D B A B A A B
Iron Plating Sulfamete 140o F D A D A A A
Iron: Ferrous Chloride Bath 190 F D A D C D A
Iron: Ferrous Sulfate Bath 150 F C A D A D A
Iron: Fluoborate Bath 145 F D D D A D A
Iron: Sulfate-Chloride Bath 160 F D A D A D A
Iron:Ferrous Am. Sulfate Bath 150 F C A D A D A
Iso-octane A A A A A A A A A A A
Isopropanol A A A A
Isopropyl Acetate C A B C B D B B D A
Isopropyl Ether A A A A A A C A A B B A
Isotane C A D D A
Jet Fuel (JP3, JP4, JP5) A A A A A A A A C A A C A
Kerosene A A B B A A A C A A A D A C A A
Ketones B A A A A A A A B A A B A B C B
Kraft Liquors A
Lacquer Thinners A B A A A C A D A C D A
Lacquers A B C A A A A C A C D A
Lactic Acid B A B B B B A B B C A B B A B B A
Lactic Acid, 80% R
Lanolin B B B
Lard A A C A A A A C A A A A A A
Lard Oil A
Latex A A A A B B A B A A
Lauric Acid A
Lauryl Chloride A
Lead Acetate D A C B B B A A B A A B A A B A
Lead Chloride A
Lead Fluoborate A A C D A A A
Lead Fluoborate Plating C D D A A A
Lead Nitrate D A B B B B A A A A
Lead Sulfamate C C C A B A B B
Lemon Juice A C A C
Ligroin D A B D C A
Lime (CaO) B A A A A A C A A B A
Limonene A
Linoleic Acid A A B A A B B A A
Linoleic Oil A
Linseed Oil A A A C A A A A
Lithium Bromide A A
Lithium Chloride D A A A A A D A
Lithium Hydroxide D B B B B A
Lithium Sulfate A
Lubricants A A A A A A B A A B A A B A
Lye: Ca(OH)2 Calcium Hydroxide C A A C B B A D A A A B A
Lye: KOH Potassium Hydroxide D D D B B A D A A C A A B A
Lye: NaOH Sodium Hydroxide D D A B B B C C A C A A A
Magnesium Bisulfate D A A A B A A B A
Magnesium Carbonate A B B A B A A A B A B A
Magnesium Chloride D C C A D D A B B A B A A B A
Magnesium Citrate A
Magnesium Fluoride A
Magnesium Hydroxide C C B A B A A B A B B A A A A
Magnesium Nitrate B A A B B A B A A B A A A A
Magnesium Oxide B A A A A A
Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts) B B B B B B A B A A B A A A A
Maleic Acid B A B B A B A A C A A B B B A A
Maleic Anhydride A A A D D A
Malic Acid B B D B A A A A A A A A
Manganate, Potassium (K) A A
Manganese Chloride A
Manganese Sulfate B C A A B B A B A A A C A
Mash A A A A A
Mayonnaise B D A B A B A A D A
Meat juices A A
Magnesium Oxide A A A
Melamine D D D C A A D A
Mercuric Chloride (Dilute Solution) D D D C D D A B B D A B A B A A
Mercuric Cyanide D C A C C A B A A B A B A B
Mercuric Sulfate R
Mercurous Nitrate D C A A A A A C A A A
Mercury B D A A A A B B A A A B B A A
Metaphosphate A A A A A
Methane A B A A A A A A A B A
Methanol, <10% D A A
Methaylamine A B A D
Methoxyethyl Oleate
Methyl Acetate A A B A A B D A A D D D A
Methyl Acetone A A A A A A A D A
Methyl Acrylate A B A D
Methyl Bromide D A A A C C B D C D A
Methyl Butyl Ketone A A A D D D A
Methyl Cellosolve B A B B C C B D A
Methyl Chloride D A B C A A D B B D B D D A
Methyl Dichloride A C C A
Methyl Ethyl Ketone B A A A A A A D C A A C B A B D A
Methyl Formate C
Methyl Isobutyl Ketone B A A B B A D B B D A C D A
Methyl Isopropyl Ketone A A A A B A D A
Methyl Methacrylate B B C A D A
Methyl Propyl Ketone A D C
Methyl Salicylate R
Methyl Sulfate R
Methyl Sulfuric Acid C
Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE)
Methylamine A C A A D D A D A
Methylene Bromide C
Methylene Chloride C A B B B B B D B C A D B A B D A
Methylene Chlorobromide C
Methylene Iodine C
Methylpyrrolidinone C
Milk A C C A A A A B A A A A B A A A
Mineral Oil A B A A A A A A C A
Mineral Spirits A A B A A B D A A A B A A
Molasses A B A A A A A B A A A B B B A
Monochloroacetic acid D B A A A A D D A
Monochlorobenzene A C D
Monoethanolamine B A A A B D D A A B B A
Morpholine A A A A C A C B A
Motor oil A A A A A A C B A B A A B A
Muriatic Acid B
Mustard B A B A A A A B C A A B A
Naphtha A A B B A A B B A A B D A B C B
Naphthalene B A A A A A A D A A B D A B D A
Natural Gas A A A B B A A A A
Nickel Acetate A
Nickel Chloride D B A B C C A A A C B A A A A
Nickel Nitrate D A B B B A A A A A
Nickel salts A A A
Nickel Sulfate D C C B B B B B A A B A A A A
Nickel: Electroless 200 F D D D A
Nickel: Fluoborate 100-170 F A C D D A D A
Nickel: High Chloride 130-160 F A C A A A D A
Nickel: Sulfamate 100-140 F A C A A A A
Nickel: Watts Type 115-160 F A C A A A D A
Nicotine A
Nicotine Acid A
Nitric Acid (10% Solution) D C A A A C D D C B B C A A
Nitric Acid (20% Solution) D D A A A A A D D D A B C A A A
Nitric Acid (50% Solution) D D A A A A A D D D A C C C B A
Nitric Acid (Concentrated Solution) C D A B C B A D D D D C D D A
Nitric acid (fuming) D D
Nitrobenzene B B B D B B A D C C D A C D A
Nitroglycerine C
Nitroglycol A
Nitromethane A A A A A D A B A B B A
Nitrous Acid D D D B B D A A A
Nitrous Oxide B B B B B C D A A
Ocenol A
Octanol (1) A
Oils: Aniline D D A A D D D A A D
Oils: Anise A D
Oils: Bay A D
Oils: Bone A D A A
Oils: Castor A A A A A A A A A A A A
Oils: Cinnamon A A D D D A
Oils: Citric A B A A A D A A A B A
Oils: Clove B A A A A
Oils: Coconut A A A A A A A A A
Oils: Cod Liver A A A A A
Oils: Corn A A A A B A A A B A
Oils: Cottonseed A A A A A A A A A B A A B A
Oils: Creosote B A B B B A D D C C A
Oils: Diesel Fuel (20, 30, 40, 50) A A B A A B D A A A B A
Oils: Essential A A D
Oils: Fuel (1, 2, 3, 5A, 5B, 6) C B A A A B D D A A B A A
Oils: Ginger D D A A
Oils: Hydraulic Oil (Petro) A B A A A B A D D A A
Oils: Hydraulic Oil (Synthetic) A A A A A D A A
Oils: Lemon A A A C D A
Oils: Linseed B A A B A A A A A B A A A
Oils: Mineral A A A A A A A A A A A A B A
Oils: Olive A A A A A A A A A A A C A
Oils: Orange A A A A A D A C
Oils: Palm A A A A A A A
Oils: Peanut A A A A A A A B A A
Oils: Peppermint D A A D D D A
Oils: Pine A A A A D A A B D A
Oils: Rapeseed A A A A D A
Oils: Rosin A A A A A C A
Oils: Sesame Seed A A A A D A A A
Oils: Silicone A A A A A A A A A A A A
Oils: Soybean A A A A A A A A A A A A
Oils: Sperm (whale) A A A A D A
Oils: Tanning A A D
Oils: Transformer A A A A A A B B A
Oils: Turbine A A A A A A B A A
Oils: Vegetable A A A
Oleic Acid A B B A A A B C B A D A B C A
Oleic Acid A
Oleum 25% B D A B B D D D A D D A
Oleum 100% B D D A A D D D D A D D A
Olive Oil A B A A A A A A A
Orange A A A A A A A
Orange Oil A A A A A A
Oxalic Acid (cold) B C B B B B B A B C A A A B A
Oxygen A
Ozone B B A D C D A D D D B A
Paint Thinner B B C
Palm Oil A A A A A A A A
Palmitic Acid B D B B A A A A A B B A
Paraffin A A A B A A A B A A A A B A
Pectin B A B
Pentane B A B A C C D B A A C C A A
Peracetic Acid, 40% A
Perchloric Acid D A B C C D C D A B B C A
Perchloroethylene C A A B B A A D B C A D C A
Peroxyacetic Acid D
Peroxybenzoic Acid D
Perphosphate A
Petrolatum B A C A A A B B B D B B
Petroleum D A A A A B B A B A
Petroleum Distillate A A C
Petroleum Jelly B A B
Petroleum Liquifier A
Petroleum Oils (Sour) C
Phenol (Carbolic Acid) A C B A B B A D D D A D A B D A
Phenol 10% A A A B B B B D B D A A B C A
Phenol 50% D C C B
Phenylhydrazine D
Phenylhydrazine Hydrochloride A
Phosgene, Gas C
Phosgene, Liquid A
Phosphoric Acid B A A C B C A B A
Phosphoric Acid 40% A A A A
Phosphoric Acid (crude) C D D D C C C D C D A B B A
Phosphoric Acid (molten) C C D D D D D D
Phosphoric Acid Anhydride C D D D A
Phosphoric Acid 100% A B A A
Phosphoric Anhydride (Dry or Moist) D A A D A
Phosphoric Anhydride (Molten) D D A A A D D A
Phosphorous B C A A A B A C A
Phosphorous chlorides A
Phosphorous pentoxide A D
Phosphorous Trichloride A
Phosphorus Trichloride D A A A D D A D
Photographic (Developer) C A A B C A A B C B A A A
Photographic Solutions D A D A A A A A
Phthalic Acid B A B B A A B C B A A A
Phthalic Anhydride B A C A A B B C A D D A
Picric Acid C C D B B B A A A B A A A B D A
Pine Oil A B A A A A A
Polyphosphate A A B B A A A A
Potash (Potassium Carbonate) C A D B A B A A B A B A A
Potassium A B B B B A A A
Potassium Acetate R
Potassium Alum R
Potassium Amyl Xanthate R
Potassium Bicarbonate D B B A B C A B A A C A
Potassium Bichromate C
Potassium Bisulfate C
Potassium Borate C
Potassium Bromate C
Potassium Bromide C A C B B B A A A C B B A A C A
Potassium Carbonate C B A A B A B A C A
Potassium Chlorate B A B A B B A A B C B A A C A
Potassium Chloride C C B B A A B A B B A A C A
Potassium Chromate B A B A B B C B B A C A
Potassium Cyanate C
Potassium Cyanide Solutions D C D B B B A A C A B A A B A
Potassium Dichromate B C B B A B B D B A A D A
Potassium Ethyl Xanthate B
Potassium Ferricyanide B C B B A B B A A A C
Potassium Fluoride C
Potassium Hydroxide (Caustic Potash) D D C B B B C C D C D B A A A A
Potassium Hydroxide (dilute) A
Potassium Hydroxide (50%) A
Potassium Hydroxide 70% A
Potassium Hypochlorite D C B A B A C
Potassium Iodide B A B B A B A B B A A C A
Potassium Nitrate B B B A B B A B B C B A A C A
Potassium Oxalate B B B A
Potassium Perborate C
Potassium Perchlorate C
Potassium Permanganate B B B A A B B C C D B B A C A A
Potassium Permanganate D
Potassium Permanganate, 10% C
Potassium Permanganate, 25% C
Potassium Persulfate C
Potassium Phosphate C
Potassium Sulfate C C B B B B A B B C B A A C A
Potassium Sulfide C A B B B A B A A A C A
Potassium Sulfite C
Potassium Thiocyanate D A B
Potassium Tripolyphosphate C
Propane C
Propane (liquefied) A A B A A A A A A C C A
Propanol A C
Propyl A
Propylene A A B A B A B A
Propylene Glycol B B B B B A B B B B B A A C A
Propylene Oxide A
Pyridine B B A B B A B C C B B A A D A
Pyrogallic Acid B A B B B B A D A A C A
Rape Seed Oil A A A A A
Rayon Coagulating Bath C
Refinery Crudes C
Resorcinol A A D A C A
Rhodium Plating 120F D D D A A A
Rochelle Salt Bath 150F A A A D A
Rosin B A A C A
Rum A A A A A A
Rust Inhibitors A A A A
Salad Dressing A A A A
Salicyl aldehyde A
Salicylic Acid B A A B B A A D A C A B A
Salt Brine (NaCl saturated) B A A B A A A A A A A
Santicizer B
Sea Water B C D A C C A A A A C B A A C A
Selenic Acid C
Sesame Seed Oil A A A A A
Sewage C
Shellac (Bleached) A B A A A A A A A
Shellac (Orange) A B A A A A A A A
Silicic acid A C
Silicone B A A A D A A C A A C A
Silver Bromide D A C C C A
Silver Chloride C
Silver Nitrate D A D A B B A A B A C B B A A C A
Silver Plating 80-120 F A A A A A A A
Silver Sulfate C
Silver Cyanide C
Soap Solutions C B A A A A A A A A B A A B A
Sodium A A A A A A
Sodium Acetate B B C B B B A B B B B B A A C A
Sodium Aluminate C C A A B B A A C A
Sodium Arsenate C
Sodium Benzoate A A A A A B A A C A
Sodium Bicarbonate D C B B A A A A A A B B A A C A
Sodium Bichromate B
Sodium Bisulfate D C C B C C B B B C B A A C A
Sodium Bisulfite C A A B B B A B B B B B A B B A
Sodium Borate (Borax) C A C A B B B A A A A A A B A
Sodium Bromide D A C C A B A B B B B A
Sodium Carbonate C B A A A A A A A B C B B A A B A
Sodium Chlorate C C C B A B A A B A B A A B A
Sodium Chloride C B B A B B A A A A B B A A A A
Sodium Chlorite R
Sodium Chromate B A B A B B D A A A B A
Sodium Cyanide D C B A A B A A B V B A A B A
Sodium Dichromate 10% C C D B C
Sodium Ferrocyanide A A A A B B A A B A
Sodium Fluoride B A C A C D A A A C A C A
Sodium Formate C
Sodium Hydrosulfite A A A A C A
Sodium Hydroxide A A B B B A A A A
Sodium Hydroxide (20%) C A A A A A
Sodium Hydroxide (50%) D D A B A C D C A B A A B A
Sodium hydroxide (80%) C A B A A
Sodium Hypochlorite D C C B C A B B B A
Sodium Hyposulfate D A A A
Sodium Iodide R
Sodium Metaphosphate C C B A A B A C B A
Sodium Metasilicate B C B B A B D A A A A
Sodium Nitrate B C B B B B A B B B A A B A
Sodium Nitrite B
Sodium Perborate B B B B B B B B A B A
Sodium Peroxide C C C A A A D C B B B A
Sodium Polyphosphate (Mono, Di, Tribasic) D D B B A B A A A A
Sodium Silicate B D B B A B A A C A B A A B A
Sodium Sulfate B B B B B B A B A B A A B A
Sodium Sulfide D D B B B B A B B B A A B A
Sodium Sulfite C D B B A D A A B A
Sodium sulphide A B
Sodium Tetraborate C A A A B A C A A A
Sodium Thiosulphate ("Hypo") A C B A A B A C A B A A A A
Sodium Tripolyphosphate B
Sorghum A A A A
Sour Crude Oil C
Soy Sauce A A A A A
Soybean Oil A A A A A A B
Sperm Oil A A A A
Stannic Chloride D A C B D D A D C B B B A A B A
Stannic Fluoborate A C
Stannous Chloride D B B C B A C A A A B A
Stannous Sulfate C
Starch A A A A A A A A B B A B A
Stearic Acid B B C B B A A A A B B B B A
Stoddard Solvent A A B A A A A B A A B D A C A A
Styrene A A A D A A A A D A
Succinic Acid C
Sugar (Liquids) A A B A A A A A A B B A A A
Sulfamate 100-140F A D A B A
Sulfamic Acid B
Sulfate (Liquors) C A B B B D B A B A
Sulfate-Chloride Bath 160 F D D A D A D A
Sulfite Liquor B
Sulfolane A
Sulfur B
Sulfur Chloride D D A D D D D A A C C A
Sulfur Dioxide B C C C A A D B B C A B C A
Sulfur Hexafluoride B B
Sulfur Trioxide A D A C D D D C D C B A
Sulfuric Acid C A B D D D B D A
Sulfuric Acid (10%-75%) D D A B D D C B D D C A A A A
Sulfuric Acid (75-100%) D D C D D D C A A A D A
Sulfuric Acid (cold concentrated) B C B D D A A D
Sulfuric Acid (hot concentrated) D D C D D D C D
Sulfurous Acid B A D B B B A C D B A A B A
Sulfuryl Chloride A A A
Sulphamic acid A
Sulphates (Na, K, Mg, Ca) A B
Sulphites A B
Sulphur A B
Sulphur chlorides B
Sulphur dioxide (96%) D B
Sulphur dioxide, dry A B
Sulphur dioxide, wet A B
Sulphur trioxide A B
Syrup A A A B A A A A
Tallow A A A A A A A B C A A
Tannic Acid C B B B B A A B C B B B A A B A
Tanning Liquors B A B A A A B A A B A
Tartaric Acid B C C B B C A A B A B B B A A A A
Tea B B B
Terpenes B
Terpineol B
Tetrachlorethane C A A B A A A C C C A
Tetrachloroethylene A A A A D D A
Tetrahydrofuran D A A A A A B A A A B B A B D A
Tetralin B B C
Thionyl Chloride D B
Thiophenol C
Thread Cutting Oil B
Tin Salts D C D A A A A
Tine-Lead Plating 100F D
Tin-Flouborate Plating 100 F C D D A A A
Tin-Fluoborate Plating 100F D
Toluene, Toluol A A A A A A A D C A A C B A B D A
Tomato Juice A C A A B B A A A A A
Transformer Oil B
Tributyl Citrate A
Tributyl Phosphate B
Trichloroethylene (1,1,1-) B A B A A A D C C B B D A D D A
Trichloride
Trichloroacetic Acid D A A B D C D C A A A A B A
Trichloroethane D A A B B A A C A C B C A
Trichloropropane D A A A D A A
Trichlorotrifluoroethane C
Tricresylphosphate D A D A B B B B C A A D A
Triethanolamine A
Triethyl Phosphate C
Triethylamine A B A A D A C B A
Triethylamine --
Triethylene Glycol B B B
Trihchlorethane C C A A A A
Trilones B
Trimethyl Propane B
Trimethylamine B
Triosodium Phosphate D A A B B B A B B A B B A
Turbine Oil A A A C A A
Turpentine B B B B A A B D A A B B C A D D A
Urea B A B B B B A B A A B A A D A
Varnish A A C A A A A A A D A
Vaseline B
Vegetable Juice C A A A A B A A A B B A
Vinegar D D C A A A A B A B B A A A A
Vinyl Acetate A A B B B B D A
Vinyl Chloride B A A A B A A D A D A
Water, Acid, Mine C C A A B B A B B A A A B A
Water, Deionized A A B A A A A A A A B A
Water, Distilled, Lab Grade 7 A A A A A A B B A A A A A A A
Water, Fresh B B B A A A A A A A D A A B A
Water, Salt B C B A B B A A A A B A A B A
Weed Killers C B A A A A
Wetting agents (<5%) A B
Whey B A A A A
Whiskey & Wines C B B A A A C A A B A B A
White Liquor (Pulp Mill) B A A A A D A A A A
White Water (Paper Mill) A A B A A A
Xylene or Xylol A A B A B B A D A A A D D A C D A
Yeast A B
Zinc Acetate B
Zinc Carbonate B
Zinc Chloride D B D B B B A C C C B B B A A B A
Zinc Hydrosulfite D A A A C A A A
Zinc Nitrate R
Zinc Plating D
Zinc Stearate B B B
Zinc Sulfate D B D A B A A A C A B A A B A
Zinc: Acid Chloride 140F A C D A A A
Zinc: Acid Fluoborate A C D A A A
Zinc: Acid Sulfate A C D A D A
Zinc: Alkaline Cyanide A A A A A A

Beer: Carbon Steel - Severe effect

Listen up home brewers: beer is corrosive. It contains living microfauna which can lead to galvanic corrosion when put in contact with certain substances. Most brewers these days use stainless steel, copper, brass or aluminum equipment to ensure stable brewing and reduce the possibility of corrosion. Please also keep in mind that the cleaning equipment you use can have an effect on your final product as well. Carbon Steel reacts negatively with the acidic elements and the living microfauna in beer. This can lead to chemical reactions ranging from an off-taste in your finished product, to the deterioration of your brewing equipment. For brushes that can be safely used on home brewing equipment, we recommend our Nylon brushes.

Sulfur Dioxide: ABS - Severe effect

Sulfur Dioxide is frequently used in laboratories, food manufacturing and wineries. The chemical is used as a preservative in dried foods, a reducing agent, a refrigerant and a solvent. Though it is considered safe for common use, it is known to be severely reactive with materials made of ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). When cleaning surfaces or equipment that has come in contact with sulfur dioxide we recommend using one of our Natural Bristle or Wire Bristle brushes, depending on the surface you are cleaning.

Grease: Acetal (Delrin) - Moderate effect

Acetal (Delrin) is a resin-based polymer commonly used in everything from paintballs to insulin pens. As a material approved by the FDA, it has also been incorporated into some kitchen supplies like knife handles, spatulas and coffee machines. Besides avoiding the use of these products when cooking, we recommend using a natural brush to clean those drops of grease that, inevitably will fly out of your pan of bacon.

Sulfuric Acid: 316 Stainless, Nylon, Polyphenylene Sulfide, PVC - Severe effect

Commonly used as an industrial cleaning agent, designed to remove rust, oxidation, grease and any other variety of mess, sulfuric acid is undoubtedly useful in the home and at work. As a general rule, we recommend keeping it away from 316 Stainless Steel brushes, Nylon brushes, and polymer brushes like Polyphenylene Sulfide and PVC.

Mayonnaise: Carbon Steel - Severe effect

Carbon Steel cookware may be all the rage, but keep it away from that mayonnaise! The oils inside of the condiment reacts negatively with carbon steel, leaving an undesirable patina on your pots and pans. Granted, these stains will take a while to manifest, we recommend taking care to never put mayonnaise in contact with your carbon steel cookware, or to use carbon steel brushes to clean mayonnaise off of surfaces.

Urea: PVC - Severe effect

Urea is an organic compound used in fertilizers as a nitrogen source and is considered a valuable raw material for the chemical industry. Given that urea can cause irritation to skin, eyes and the respiratory system, it is important to use care when around this material. When placed in contact with PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), urea can cause a severe chemical reaction. We recommend using Wire or Natural bristle brushes when cleaning surfaces or equipment that has been in contact with urea.

Ethanol: PVC - Moderate effect

Most people know about ethanol from their trips to the neighborhood gas station. In fact, ethanol, or ethyl alcohol is the primary type of alcohol found in most alcoholic beverages. When the last guest has left your party and a suspicious pool of liquid is discovered in the corner, make sure to reach for a brush that does not contain PVC. PVC and ethanol have been known to create moderate chemical reactions.

Ink: Aluminum, 304 Stainless, 316 Stainless, Nylon, PVC - Moderate effect

Ink doesn't react severely with any surfaces, but it has been known to react moderately with Aluminum, 304 Stainless Steel, 316 Stainless Steel, Nylon and PVC. When cleaning ink, we suggest a natural brush fiber.

Notable Materials that are NOT known to react negatively with any chemicals

  • Coffee
  • Glucose
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Latex
  • Arsenic Plating & Arsenic Salts
  • Asphalt
  • Bay Oils
  • Beet Sugar Liquids

At Gordon Brush we want you to clean safely and effectively. If you have questions about how a material will react with a chemical you are cleaning up, please contact us today.