I know that ethanol (as in Purel and other hand sanitizers) and isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) are small, amphiphilic molecules that are highly hygroscopic and work as disinfectants by disrupting cell membranes and causing dehydration. What would happen if you immersed an entire body in a low molecular weight alcohol or another small, amphiphilic solvent? Would it simply dessicate the body or would it break up the membranes and dissolve soft tissue? How would this compare to the body's behavior in oil, benzene or other solvents?
Finally, what is the virucidal mechanism of ethanol? Does it only work on enveloped viruses? I would not expect it to disrupt the covalently linked viral capsid, unless it acts chemically, for example on by cleaving peptide bonds. I remember hearing on NPR that ethyl alcohol is not effective against rhinovirus but that it does kill influenza and many other common viruses and most (or all?) bacteria. What about the structural or biological properties of rhinovirus accounts for this?