Alcohol for surgical spirit

In the pharmaceutical industry, surgical spirit plays a vital role as an antiseptic solution widely used in medical settings. It contains ethanol, a primary ingredient that contributes to its antimicrobial properties and effectiveness. Surgical spirits, also known as antiseptic alcohol or rubbing alcohol, are used for various purposes in healthcare, ranging from skin disinfection and wound cleaning to infusion solvents and preservatives. Extra neutral alcohol and anhydrous alcohol are commonly used forms of ethanol in the pharmaceutical industry. Both ethanol types can be supplied by Nedstar, your tailored ethanol supplier.

Nedstar surgical spirit equipment

Uses of surgical spirit

Surgical spirit is extensively utilized for antiseptic purposes. It is applied to the skin to reduce the growth of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. These spirits are essential in medical practices, including wound care, injections, and surgical procedures. Furthermore, surgical spirit is employed for cleaning and disinfecting medical instruments, surfaces, and equipment.

Nedstar hand sanitizers

Ethanol's versatility in medicine

Apart from surgical spirit, ethanol finds application in various pharmaceutical products. It serves as a solvent, preservative, and stabiliser in the formulation of medical ointments, first-aid solutions, and other topical medications. With its broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity, ethanol is an essential ingredient in antiseptic pads and other disinfectant products for topical use.

Ethanol as an alternative to isopropyl alcohol

Ethanol serves as a substitute for isopropyl alcohol in surgical spirit. As a rubbing alcohol alternative, ethanol exhibits similar antiseptic properties and effectively eliminates harmful microorganisms. Widely used in the pharmaceutical industry, ethanol provides an option with a long-standing history of use in medical applications. It offers comparable benefits without compromising its antiseptic efficacy.

More about pharmaceutical grade ethanol

Nedstar - your partner for surgical spirit

Nedstar supplies extra neutral alcohol or anhydrous alcohol for use in surgical spirits. With satisfied customers and partners in over 50 countries, we are committed to delivering only the highest quality products; rigorous testing and quality control measures ensure that you receive nothing but the best. Our products are developed with eco-friendliness at the core, ensuring that your ethanol needs align with your green values.


Alcohol for surgical spirit is often denatured. Denatured ethanol is ethyl alcohol made unfit for human consumption without chemically altering or decomposing it. Because it cannot be consumed, it tends to be subject to far lower tax rates. To create denatured alcohol that fits your surgical spirit needs, we can customise it with your preferred combination of denaturants.

More about denaturants
Nedstar all certificates 2023


Our alcohol is always REACH and ECHA Art. 95 certified. In addition, the product can be certified as Kosher, Cosmos-approved and GMO-free. More information can be found on our certifications page.

More about certifications


Nedstar IBC new 2022


We offer sturdily-built and durable 1000L Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs), which are large containers used for the storage and transportation of fluids and materials in bulk quantity.

Nedstar ISO 2

ISO tank

ISO tanks are ideal when transporting hazardous and non-hazardous fluids in large quantities, guaranteeing safety and efficiency for your shipment.

Nedstar tanktruck new 2022


We can supply the product directly to your door by transport with a tank truck, typically containing around 30,000 liters.

Interested in our products?

Get in touch with our commercial experts and get your tailored offer.