Chemical Resistance Guide for High Density Polyethylene

 Products Made of  High Density Polyethylene.

 Spill Containment Spill Pallets

Corrosive and Acid Cabinets


The information below concerns general polyethylene chemical resistance only. Since other factors such as permeation, ESCR, and container design are involved, full compatibility testing is recommended.
S = Satisfactory
O = Some Attack
U = Unsatisfactory
High Density Polyethylene Chemical Resistance Guide

  70° F 140° F
Reagent (21° C) (60° C)
Acetaldehyde S O
Acetic acid 1-10% S S
Acetic acid 10-50% S O
Acetic acid 50-100% S O
Acetic anhydride S S
Acetone S S
Acids, aromatic S S
Acrylic emulsions S S
Adipic acid S S
Aluminum chloride dilute S S
Aluminum chloride conc. S S
Aluminum fluoride conc. S S
Aluminum sulfate conc. S S
Alume (all ltypes) conc. S S
Amino acetic acid S S
Ammonia 100% dry gas S S
Ammonium acetate S S
Ammonium bromide S S
Ammonium carbonate S S
Ammonium chloride sat'd. S S
Ammonium fluoride 20% S S
Ammonium hydroxide S S
Ammonium metaphosphates sat'd. S S
Ammonium nitrate sat's. S S
Ammonium persulfate sat'd S S
Ammonium phosphate S S
Ammonium sulfate sat'd. S S
Ammonium sulfide sat'd. S S
Ammonium thiocyanate sat'd. S S
Amyl acetate 100% O U
Amyl alcohol 100% S S
Amyl chloride 100% O U
Aniline 100% S U
Anise seed oil O U
Antimony chloride S S
Aqua regla O U
Aromatic hydrocarbons U U
Arsenic S S
Aspirin S S
Barium carbonate sat'd. S S
Barium chloride saturated S S
Barium hydroxide S S
Barium sulfate saturated S S
Barium sulfide saturated S S
Beer S S
Benzaldehyde S O
Benzene O U
Benzene sulfonic acid S S
Benzic acid - Crystals S S
Benzic acid - Saturated S S
Bismuth carbonate sat'd. S S
Black liquor S S
Bleach lye 10% S S
Borax cold saturated S S
Boric acid dilute S S
Brine S S
Bromic acid 10% S S
Bromine liquid 100% O U
Bromochloromethane U U
Butadlene U U
Butanediol 10% S S
Butanediol 60% S S
Butanediol 100% S S
Butter S S
Butyl acetate 100% O U
Butyl alcohol 100% S S
Butylene glycol S S
Butylic acid 100% S S
Caffeine citrate saturated S S
Calcium bisulfide S S
Calcium bromide S S
Calcium carbonate sat'd. S S
Calcium chlorate saturated S S
Calcium chloride saturated S S
Calcium hydroxide S S
Calcium hypochloride bleach sol'n S S
Calcium nitrate 50% S S
Calcium sulfate S S
Camphor crystals S S
Camphor oil U U
Carbon dioxide 100% dry S S
Carbon dioxide 100% wet S S
Carbon dioxide cold sat'd. S S
Carbon disulphide O U
Carbon monixide S S
Carbon tetrachloride U U
Carbonic acid S S
Carnauba wax S S
Carrot juice S S
Castor oil conc. S S
Catsup S S
Caustic soda S O
Cedar leaf oil U U
Cedar wood oil U U
Chlorine liquid O U
Chlorobenzene O U
Chloroform U U
Chlorosulfonic acid 100% U U
Chrome alum sat'd. S S
Chromic acid 10-20% S O
Chromic acid 50% S O
Cider S S
Cinnamon S S
Cinnamon oil U U
Citric acid sat'd. S S
Citronella oil O U
Cloves (ground) S S
Coconut oil alcohols S S
Cod liver oil S S
Coffee S S
Copper chloride sat'd. S S
Copper cyanide sat'd. S S
Copper fluoride 2% S S
Copper nitrate sat'd. S S
Copper sulfate dilute S S
Corn oil S S
Cottonseed oil S S
Cranberry sauce S S
Creola S O
Cuprous chloride sat'd S S
Cuprous oxide S S
Cyclohexane U U
Cyclohexanone U U
Decalin S U
Detergents synthetic S S
Developers photographic S S
Dextrin saturated S S
Dextrose saturated S S
Dibutyl ether O U
Dichlorobenzane (O&P) U U
Diethylene glycol S S
Disodium phosphate S S
Dioxane S S
Emulsions photographic S S
Ether O O
Ethyl acetate 100% O O
Ethyl alcohol 100% S S
Ethyl alcohol 35% S S
Ethylbenzene O U
Ethylene glycol S S
Ferric chloride sat'd. S S
Ferric nitrate sat'd. S S
Ferrous ammonium citrate S S
Ferrous chloride sat'd. S S
Ferrous sulfate S S
Fluoboric acid S S
Fluorine S U
Fluosilicic acid 32% S S
Fluosiicic acid conc. S S
Formaldehyde 10-30% S S
Formaldehyde 30-40% S O
Formic acid 20% S S
Formic acid 50% S S
Formic acid 100% S S
Fructose saturated S S
Fuel oil S U
Furtural 100% O U
Furturyl alcohol S O
Galtic acid saturated S S
Gasolene S U
Glucose S S
Glycerine S S
Glycol S S
Glycolic acid 30% S S
Grape juice S S
Grapefruit juice S S
Heptane O U
Hexachlorobenzene S S
Hexane U U
Hydrobromic acid 50% S S
Hydrochloric acid 10% S S
Hydrochloric acid 30% S S
Hydrochloric acid 35% S S
Hydrocyanic acid S S
Hydrocyanic acid sat'd. S S
Hydrofluoric acid 40% S S
Hydrofluoric acid 60% S S
Hydrofluoric acid 75% S S
Hydrogen 100% S S
Hydrogen bromide 10% S S
Hydrogen chloride gas dry S S
Hydrogen peroxide 30% S S
Hydrogen peroxide 90% S O
Hydroquinone S S
Hydrogen sulfide S S
Hypochlorous acid conc. S S
Inks S S
Iodine crystals O O
Isobutyl alcohol S S
Isopropyl alcohol S S
Isopropyl ether O U
Kerosene O O
Lactic acid 10% S S
Lactic acid 90% S S
Lanolin S S
Lard S S
Lead acetate sat'd. S S
Lead nitrate S S
Lemon juice S S
Lemon oil O U
Lime juice S S
Linseed oil S S
Magnesium sulfate sat'd. S S
Margarine S S
Magnesium carbonate sat'd. S S
Magnesium chloride saturated S S
Magnesium hydroxide sat'd. S S
Magnesium nitrate sat'd. S S
Mercuric chloride S S
Mercuric cyanide sat'd. S S
Mercurous nitrate sat'd. S S
Mercury S S
Methyl alcohol 100% S S
Methyl ethyl ketone 100% U U
Methylsulfuric acid S S
Methylene chloride 100% U U
Milk S S
Mineral oils S U
Molasses S S
Mustard (prepared) S S
Naphtha O U
Napthalene S U
Natural gas (wet) S S
Nickel chloride sat'd. S S
Nickel nitrate conc. S S
Nickel sulfate S S
Nicotinic acid S S
Nitric acid 0-30% S S
Nitric acid 30-50% S O
Nitric acid 70% S O
Nitric acid 85-90% U U
Nitrobenzene 100% U U
Nitroglycerine O U
Octane S S
Oleura conc. U U
Olive oil S S
Orange juice S S
Ozalic acid dilute S S
Ozalic acid saturated S S
Ozone O O
Palm oil S S
Paraffin oil S O
Peanut butter S S
Perchloroethylene U U
Pepper (fresh ground) S S
Peppermint oil O U
Perchloric acid 50% S O
Petroleum ether U U
Petroleum jelly S S
Phenol S S
Phosphoric acid 0-30% S S
Phosphoric acid 30-90% S S
Phosphoric acid over 90% S S
Photographic solutions S S
Phthalic anhydride S S
Pickling baths (listed below) - -
• Sulfuric acid S S
• Hydrochloric acid S S
• Sulfuric-nitric S U
Pine oil O U
Plating solutions (listed below) - -
• Brass S S
• Cadmium S S
• Chromium S S
• Copper S S
• Gold S S
• Indium S S
• Lead S S
• Nickel S S
• Rhodium S S
• Silver S S
• Tin S S
• Zinc S S
Potassium bicarbonate sat'd. S S
Potassium borate 1% S S
Potassium bromate 10% S S
Potassium bromide sat'd. S S
Potassium carbonate S S
Potassium chlorate sat'd. S S
Potassium chloride sat'd. S S
Potassium cyanide sat'd. S S
Potassium dichromate 40% S S
Potassium ferri/ferro cyanide S S
Potassium nitrate sat'd. S S
Potassium perborate sat'd. S S
Potassium perchlorate 10% S S
Potassium permanganate 20% S S
Potassium sulfate conc. S S
Potassium sulfide conc. S S
Nickel sulfate S S
Potassium sulfite conc. S S
Potassium persulfate sat'd. S S
Propane gas S S
Propergyl alcohol S S
Propyl alcohol S S
Propylene glycol S S
Pyridine S O
Rayon coagulating bath S S
Resorcinol S S
Sallcytic acid S S
Sea water S S
Shortening S S
Silicic acid S S
Silver nitrate sol'n. S S
Soap solution conc. S S
Sodium acetate sat'd. S S
Sodium benzoate 35% S S
Sodium bicarbonate sat'd. S S
Sodium bisulfate sat'd. S S
Sodium bisulfite sat'd. S S
Sodium borate S S
Sodium carbonate conc. S S
Sodium chlorate sat'd. S S
Sodium chloride sat'd. S S
Sodium cyanide S S
Sodium dichromate sat'd. S S
Sodium ferricyanide sat'd. S S
Sodium ferricyanide S S
Sodium fluoride sat'd. S S
Sodium hydroxide conc. S S
Sodium hypochlorite S S
Sodium nitrate S S
Sodiumnitrite S S
Sodium perborate S S
Sodium phosphate S S
Sodium sulfide 25% to saturated S S
Sodium sulfite sat'd S S
Sodium thlosulphate S S
Soybean oil S S
Stannous chloride sat'd. S S
Stannic chloride sat'd. S S
Starch solution sat'd. S S
Stearic acid 100% S S
Sulfuric acid 0-50% S S
Sulfuric acid 70% S O
Sulfuric acid 80% S U
Sulfuric acid 96% O U
Sulfuric acid 96% conc. O U
Sulfuric acid fuming U U
Sulfurous acid S S
Tartaric acid S S
Tannic acid 10% S S
Tea S S
Tetrahydrofurane O O
Toluene U U
Tomato juice S S
Transformer oil S O
Trisodium phosphate sat'd. S S
Trichloroethylene U U
Turpentine O U
Urea S S
Urine S S
Vanilla extract S S
Vaseline S S
Vinegar com. S S
Wetting agents S S
Whiskey S S
Wines S S
Xylene U U
Yeast S S
Zinc chloride sat'd. S S
Zinc oxide S S
Zinc sulfate sat'd. S S
The above information concerns general chemical resistance only. Since other factors such as permeation, ESCR, and container design are involved, full compatibility testing is recommended.
 S = Satisfactory
O = Some Attack
U = Unsatisfactory


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