What is Glutaraldehyde?

Glutaraldehyde is a transparent, viscous liquid chemical with a strong, pungent odor. It is used for cleaning and sterilizing surfaces and equipment in industrial, laboratory, agricultural, medical, and household settings.  

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What is Glutaraldehyde used for?

  • Glutaraldehyde is usually applied as a solution and is mainly used as a disinfectant and medication.
  • It is used to sterilize surgical instruments that are heat-sensitive.
  • It is applied as a topical solution to treat plantar warts.
  • It is helpful to aquarists (in low concentrations) to kill algae.
  • It is utilized as an embalming fluid and in many biochemical applications such as tissue fixative in electron microscopy.
  • It is also employed in oil and gas extraction and pipelines, x-ray processing, leather tanning, paper manufacturing, and as a chemical intermediate in producing various products like paint and detergent.


What is the chemical formula of Glutaraldehyde?

Glutaraldehyde is a dialdehyde that is a combination of pentane and aldehyde. It is a cross-linking reagent, a disinfectant, and a fixative. Its chemical formula is C5H8O2.


Is Glutaraldehyde harmful to life?

Glutaraldehyde is a hazardous chemical and must be handled with utmost precautions. Inhaling it can irritate the nose, throat, and lungs, leading to coughing and difficulty in breathing. Direct exposure to this chemical can also cause headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Other reported symptoms include skin and eye irritation. If left untreated,sickness indications can last up to months and years. Prolonged and unprotected exposure can be fatal.   


Where is Glutaraldehyde found? What does it look like?

Glutaraldehyde is a potent antimicrobial and sterilant used to disinfect equipment, surfaces, and laundry in the health care and cosmetology industries. It is the most widely utilized cross-linking agent because of its efficiency in the stabilization of biomaterials.


What are the hazardous effects of Glutaraldehyde?

Recurrent or continuous unfacilitated or unprotected exposure to glutaraldehyde may result in serious eye damage, skin, and respiratory irritation.


What are necessary precautions needed to handle Glutaraldehyde?

Glutaraldehyde is a hazardous chemical that has strong irritant to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. People handling this chemical should always wear personal protective equipment that this substance will not permeate.  Glutaraldehyde should always be stored in tightly closed containers in a cool, well-ventilated area away from light. It is not compatible with oxidizing agents like peroxides, nitrates, chlorine, and fluorine and bases like sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide; therefore, glutaraldehyde should be kept away from these substances.

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Proper handling of Glutaraldehyde


What will happen if Glutaraldehyde is heated?

Glutaraldehyde will lose its efficacy when heated in temperatures higher than 50ºC (122ºF).


Is Glutaraldehyde soluble compound?

Glutaraldehyde is an industrial chemical that is completely soluble in water. However, it is incompatible with strong oxidizers like peroxides, nitrates, fluorine, and chlorine. It is also incompatible with strong bases like sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide.


Where can I buy Glutaraldehyde?

At Camachem, we have Glutaraldehyde 50% Industry Grade with Formaldehyde in stock and for sale. It is available in different weight packaging: 25L (25kg), 200L (220kg), and 1000L (1100kg) weight capacity per drum. We sell Glutaraldehyde to our clients worldwide in 20FT containers. Our company, Camachem, has been directly exporting glutaraldehyde from China to the rest of the world for over a decade.


How much does Glutaraldehyde cost?

Prices are affected by the cost of raw materials used in the manufacturing process of Glutaraldehyde. However, our estimated price of Glutaraldehyde 50% is $2000.00 per ton. Free quotation for bulk orders is available upon request.


What is the pH of Glutaraldehyde?

Glutaraldehyde has a pH that ranges from 3-5.


Is Glutaraldehyde an electrolyte compound?

Glutaraldehyde has an electrolyte component which is pentane.


Can Glutaraldehyde go down the drain?

Glutaraldehyde solutions can be disposed of in a drain linked to a sanitary sewer, along with large volumes of cold water. Septic systems should not be used to dispose of glutaraldehyde solutions. Empty glutaraldehyde containers should be disposed of as directed on the product label, usually by rinsing with water before disposing them as regular wastes.


Is Glutaraldehyde acidic or basic?

Glutaraldehyde is a saturated dialdehyde which is a high-level disinfectant and chemical sterilant. Having a pH of between 3-5, aqueous solutions of glutaraldehyde are considered acidic.


What is Glutaraldehyde different from Hydrogen Peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide, unlike Glutaraldehyde that is transparents, is a very pale blue liquid that is slightly thicker than water in its purest state. It is a chemical compound with the formula H2O2. It is used as an oxidizer, bleaching agent, and antiseptic, usually as a diluted in water solution  for consumer usage, and in higher concentrations for industrial usage. While hydrogen peroxide is commonly used to disinfect and remove stains from different household, laboratory and hospital items, glutaraldehyde is used mainly to sterilize instruments that are heat-sensitive.