What will sugar dissolve in besides water?

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Well, the tittle says it all. Other than water, what will dissolve ordinary white crystalized table sugar. Specifically something that would evaporate and leave behind the sugar as a residue. Also something that is reasonably safe to handle.
 

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there was a reply here. where did it go?
 
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Sugar is somewhat dissolvable in methanol, which is reasonably safe to handle as long as you don't drink it.
 
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Sugar is somewhat dissolvable in methanol, which is reasonably safe to handle as long as you don't drink it.
Correction - you don't want it in contact with your skin, either, since it can enter your body through that route.
 
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Correction - you don't want it in contact with your skin, either, since it can enter your body through that route.
Well, that's true, but it's not at a rate that's particularly hazardous. But I did find http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/42/1/47.short" [Broken] of a guy who'd actually gotten methanol poisoning (from which he recovered) by that route. Pretty extreme situation though; he'd been wearing methanol-drenched clothes for hours.

But it's safe to say >99% of all methanol poisoning cases are due to ingestion, and there's no cause for worry if you just spilling some on yourself. It takes pretty significant and prolonged exposure.
 
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Methanol? I tried dissolving it in denatured alcohol but that is ethanol isn't it? It wouldn't dissolve in that at least not that I could see. How much is somewhat? I'm not sure where I can get methanol.
 
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Yes, denatured alcohol is ethanol with toxins added. The place where our lab got theirs denatured the ethanol with acetone, aviation gasoline and MEK, IIR.
 

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