If you were to put acetone on plastic, it is possible that it would eat through the plastic material. This mainly depends on the type of plastic you put it on, since some are stronger than others. It's best that acetone not be put in plastic containers due to the risk that it will break down the container and leak.
Acetone is a naturally occurring organic compound that is created in the human body during metabolic processes where fat is broken down into energy. It is also manufactured and used as a solvent, commonly used in pain thinners, epoxy remover, and nail polish removers. Due to its corrosive nature, you should not put acetone on plastic or other substances that may be sensitive to its effects.
It is important to use acetone carefully since it is highly flammable and its vapors are heavy and travel easily from room to room. If these vapors come in contact with any open flame or spark, it may cause an explosion or fire. For this reason, acetone should not be used around fireplaces and other risky areas. It is also best not to use acetone on surfaces that are made of plastic, as this could lead to leaks and potential hazards if the substances travels to an area with an open flame.
Aside from its flammability, acetone also has a strong smell and may cause fumes to accumulate when used in an enclosed area. Use it only in a well ventilated room or outdoors when possible. Keeping a fan on during use may also be beneficial, but only when using a brushless fan since other varieties may create small sparks that could lead to a fire or explosion when running too close to acetone.
There are certain situations in which putting acetone on plastic or in plastic containers will do no harm. Certain grades of plastic, like polypropylene, are designed to withstand corrosive substances, so using acetone with these will not cause any reaction. You can find which plastics may be safe by checking the bottom of any plastic item or container for a symbol and the number five. This symbol is usually the circular arrows used on recycling containers and recyclable products.