Mineral Oil Light Viscosity
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Mineral oil or liquid petrolatum is a by-product in the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It is a transparent, colorless oil composed mainly of alkanes (typically 15 to 40 carbons)  and cyclic paraffins, related to white petrolatum. Mineral oil is a substance of relatively low value, and it is produced in very large quantities. Mineral oil is available in light and heavy grades, and can often be found in drug stores.
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- Refined mineral oil is used as transformer oil.
- Alkali metals are sometimes submerged in mineral oil for storage or transportation. The oil prevents the metals from reacting with atmospheric moisture.
- Mineral oil with added fragrance is marketed as baby oil in the US, UK and Canada.
- Used as an ingredient in baby lotions, cold creams, ointments and other pharmaceuticals and low-grade cosmetics.
- Used on eyelashes to prevent brittleness and/or breaking.
- Used in small quantities (2–3 drops daily) to clean ears. Over a couple of weeks, the mineral oil softens dried or hardened earwax so that a gentle flush of water can remove it. In the case of a damaged or perforated eardrum, however, mineral oil should not be used, as oil in the middle ear can lead to ear infections.
- Fuel, for items such as oil lamps.
- Electric mineral-oil–filled space heaters
- Fog machines
- Automotive and aviation brake fluid that does not absorb water molecules by osmosis
- A coating of mineral oil protects metal surfaces from moisture and oxidation.
- Light mineral oil is used in textile industries and used as a jute batching oil.
- Mineral oil is used to darken soapstone countertops for aesthetic purposes.
- It works (albeit poorly) as a release agent for molds, especially in fiberglass casting.
- Used as a cleaner and solvent for inks in fine art printmaking as well as in oil painting, though turpentine is more often used.
- In the poultry industry, plain mineral oil can be swabbed onto the feet of chickens infected with scaly mites on the shank, toes, and webs. Mineral oil suffocates these tiny parasites.
- Some people have found success using mineral oil to remove henna used as a hair dye.
- Using mineral oil or baby oil to reduce a grease, oil, or asphalt stain on clothing may be counter-intuitive, but is often effective, as the mineral oil dilutes and liquefies some of the stain thereby making it easier to clean out of the clothing.
- Some people have used mineral oil as a cooling system for a computer, by completely submerging the computer’s motherboard and system components into an aquarium tank filled with mineral oil. The oil does not have any long term effect on the components.
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