Dimethoxymethane, also called methylal, is a colorless flammable liquid with a low boiling point, low viscosity and excellent dissolving power. It has a chloroform-like odor and a pungent taste. It is the dimethyl acetal of formaldehyde. Dimethoxymethane is soluble in three parts water and miscible with most common organic solvents.
Stable. Extremely flammable. Readily forms explosive mixtures with air. Note low flash point and wide explosive limits. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents, strong acids. May form explosive peroxides upon exposure to air.