Alcohol Isopropyl is a solvent in a liquid, solid, or gas that dissolves another solid, liquid, or gaseous solute. The largest use for isopropyl alcohol is as a solvent, and usually as a cleaner. It can be used as an industrial cleaner for machinery and parts. alcohol is also found in many everyday products such as paint thinners, inks, general-purpose cleaners, disinfectants and windshield thawing agents. 99% isopropyl alcohol is used to clean surfaces and also to prevent infection from minor surface wounds like scrapes and cuts. It is frequently used at tattoo shops to clean bacteria off of the skin before a tattoo or piercing. However, it should never be used to clean a deep open wound or to clean the opening around a piercing after the piercing has been made. Questions? Contact us!