# When water is mixed with rubbing alcohol, the two liquids completely dissolve. Are the two liquids miscible, or are they immiscible?

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Apr 24, 2016

I always read $\text{miscible}$ as $\text{mixable}$; it means that they are soluble in each other

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The longer the alkyl chain of the alcohol, the less soluble the alcohol in water. Methanol and ethanol are infinitely miscible in water, Even though $P {r}^{i} O H$ is a 2""^@ alcohol, the alkyl chain is sufficiently short to allow significant water solubility.

In the laboratory, bulk isopropyl alcohol or $\text{IPA}$ as it is called, is used as a solvent for potassium hydroxide to make a very powerful cleaning agent for glassware. $K O H$ goes up slowly, but the bath will dissolve silicone grease.

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