1,2-Dichloroethane,also known as dichloroethane, is a transparent, colorless or light yellow, oily, synthetic, flammable liquid chlorinated hydrocarbon with a pleasant smell similar to chloroform. It is a member of the chloroethanes substituted by two chlorines at positions 1 and 2. 1,2-Dichloroethane is a man-made chemical substance that is naturally not found in the environment.
1,2-Dichloroethane is soluble in most organic solvents. It sinks to the bottom in water and is basically insoluble. It is miscible with ethanol, chloroform, and ether. It can dissolve oil and grease, grease, and paraffin wax. Stable to water, acid and alkali, it has the effect of non-polar solvent and mutagens.