Methanol, or methyl alcohol, has a density of 0.79 grams per milliliter at 25 degrees Celsius. Methanol is less dense than water, which has a density of 1.00 grams per milliliter.
Methanol, like water, is a colorless liquid. It's very hygroscopic, absorbing water from the atmosphere. Methanol and water mix into a single solution at all concentrations. Methanol is poisonous to humans and causes severe nerve damage, blindness or death. While the distillation of wood produces methanol, commercial producers use the conversion of methane gas in its production. It's an important ingredient in the synthesis of other organic chemicals, including formaldehyde, resins and perfumes. Methanol has a boiling point of 64.6 degrees Celsius, and it evaporates rapidly.