What is DMSO?

Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is a widely used solvent with a range of applications across various industries, from food processing to pharmaceuticals. In this essay, we will delve into the properties, uses, and benefits of DMSO, while ensuring compliance with FDA regulations.

Properties of DMSO

  • High solubility for both polar and nonpolar compounds
  • Low toxicity and non-irritating
  • High boiling point (189°C) and flash point (95°C)
  • Stable and non-reactive

Uses of DMSO

  • Food industry: DMSO is used as a solvent for food additives, flavorings, and preservatives. It is also used in the production of food packaging materials.
  • Pharmaceuticals: DMSO is used as a solvent for certain medications, such as antibiotics and pain relievers. It is also used in the production of medical devices and equipment.
  • Chemical industry: DMSO is used as a solvent for various chemical reactions and as a cleaning agent for equipment and surfaces.

Benefits of DMSO

  • Efficient solvent: DMSO can dissolve a wide range of compounds, making it a versatile solvent for various applications.
  • Low toxicity: DMSO is non-toxic and non-irritating, making it safe for use in food and pharmaceutical applications.
  • Environmentally friendly: DMSO is biodegradable and non-polluting, making it a sustainable choice for industries.