Buying Energine Cleaner?

June 21, 2010

shopping for cleanersI am having trouble finding Energine cleaner. Do you know what stores carry it? Thank you!




June 21, 20105 found this helpful

I'm new to this website. I'm glad I found it because I found some useful information. Anyway, on the home page I saw your question. A while back, I was also looking for Energine Cleaner to clean my upholstery because I am unable to clean it with water or steam. I had read that you could use Energine on silk, corduroy, and some other fabrics. I called a cleaners and they didn't know. I looked at Lowe's, Home Depot and even grocery stores with no luck. Then, I called a local hardware store here in town and spoke with the manager. When I asked about Energine and what I wanted it for and that I couldn't find it anywhere he mentioned another name that does the same thing.

It is called "AFTA". It is an adhesive remover cleaning solvent. Cleans carpets and fabrics. It says that it cleans "S" coded fabrics. I looked at the tag on my couch and it was "S" coded. I didn't know that fabrics had different codes. The can says that it's also a Cleaner/Degreaser. It says professional strength formula. It's made by the same people that make "GOOF OFF" because that's on the can also. I don't know what you need it for, but I bought this can at my local hardware store here in Baton Rouge at Goodwood Hardware. I haven't used it yet, but plan on cleaning my upholstery this summer or I would tell you how it worked for me. I couldn't believe I couldn't find Energine anywhere in town. I can remember my mother having and using that product from way back. Hope this helps! Good Luck! Southernsister

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June 22, 20101 found this helpful

Old fashioned hardware stores or farm and home stores in the cleaning isle.

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June 23, 20102 found this helpful

Energine is no longer manufactured.

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September 24, 20125 found this helpful

Energine was simple, pure, 100% low-flash Naptha. It's what dry cleaners used to make before they switched to percoethylene.

You can still buy Naptha at most home centers like Lowe's, Home Depot, and Ace Hardwar, but be sure to buy only low-flash Naptha. High-flash naphtha will melt most plastics, which is what polyester is.


The best way to get low-flash Naptha is to buy Ronsonol lighter fluid. It comes in yellow plastic bottle and has a little pop-up squirter that makes it perfect for applying to spots. It's NOT butane. It's the kind of lighter fluid used in Zippo lighters. It is 100% low-flash Naptha, exactly like Energine. Same stuff.

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April 14, 20142 found this helpful

(submitted via email) The original question was asking about a cleaning fluid called Energine This product is no longer available. This gentleman says that Energine was 100% pure naphtha and that you could use naphtha in its place. I have a can of Energine and on it, it says 100% 1,1,1-Trichloroethane otherwise known as methyl chloroform. This is not naphtha and so using naphtha may or may not yield the same results.



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October 3, 20150 found this helpful

I have a can of Energine that I am looking at this very moment. It says, and I quote, "Contains 100% Naphtha." No mention of Trichloroethane or any other ingredients. I also have some Zippo lighter fluid that cleans and smells exactly the same as Energine as far as I can tell.

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August 15, 20163 found this helpful

they used to have 2 kinds. Flamable and Fireproof Maybe this explains the different ingredients.

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September 28, 20160 found this helpful

1,1,1-trichloroethane is the less-toxic replacement for the original carbon tetrachloride cleaning fluid. CarbonTet was also used as a fire extinguishing fluid (in sealed glass "grenades" you threw at the fire) and thus was the "fireproof" Energine.


Naphtha, even low- flashpoint, can be used as cigarette lighter fluid and so is obviously not the original Fireproof Cleaning Fluid.

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September 5, 20170 found this helpful

where can I buy energine spot cleaner in San Francisco ?

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January 26, 20181 found this helpful

I have about 1/2 teaspoon Energine left in my original can. Basically
used to remove Pine Cone pitch, chewing gum, sticky tags, spot remover. Have known for years that could not buy in California but didn't realize it discontinued.


Anxious to try 'lighter fluid', hope it works as well. Looks like I might be able to sell my empty can on Ebay! ha,ha.

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August 13, 20180 found this helpful

I have a can of Energine right in front of me. And my can says it contains 100% Naphtha.

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February 25, 20210 found this helpful

Energine was discontinued sadly,. my mom always used it as well, rly good stuff. I think some younger people were using it to inhale and get high. Anyways. ty for that info,. i nd some to remove some hair dye that the kids got all over the bathroom.. Nail Polish remover didnt work, so i will try Afta or Goof off. Thanks again.

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September 26, 20210 found this helpful

Energine is 100% Naptha class 3 as as listed and it's SDS sheet. DOT Classification. The material talked about is not of the same chemical classification nor has the same cleaning capability.


You can still buy naphtha at the hardware store same stuff

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April 4, 20220 found this helpful

Tha k you very much for your tip about AFTA; I too, being from Europe we always would use Energine to get rid of grease stains on silk ties...
One of my relatives had a dry cleaning business, so this is how I know this!!

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June 17, 20220 found this helpful

Energine was something my dad used in his cleaners to remove tough stains. It worked great at removing chocolate stains and grease from clothing. We always had it around the house as well.
I used it to clean my suede shoes and boots. I've looked everywhere and can't find it.

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February 15, 20230 found this helpful

Where did you buy it?

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May 30, 2016

I remember Energine--boy, it really worked! No more energine. Would gasoline work?


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July 29, 20170 found this helpful

The main ingredient in Energine cleaner is Naphtha. This can be purchased at any local hardware store that sells paint.

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January 6, 20190 found this helpful

Only if you want to go up in flames.

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