This chemical is produced by the Dow Chemical Company. It is a variation of the product Dowanol. The DB classification means that this version of the substance is slower to evaporate, although it still contains the hydrophilic properties of the original chemical. It is a clear, colorless liquid that is classified as a glycol ether.
Dowanol DB is primarily used as an industrial cleaner and solvent. Some specific examples include rust removers, ink cleaners, and disinfectants. Because of its slow evaporation, it can be utilized in higher concentrations than standard Dowanol, which increases its potency. Other applications of this chemical include latex coatings and adhesives.
As with all glycol ethers, this chemical is flammable and can be a mild irritant to the skin and eyes. It should be stored in a cool, dry area, away from other combustible materials. Gloves and goggles should be worn when handling this substance.