This is a thick powdery substance that resembles salt. It is dark purple or black in color and dissolves well in water. When dissolved, it will turn the liquid pink or purple. It is usually made by oxidizing manganese dioxide with potassium chlorate. It is stable and generally safe to handle.
This material has a wide variety of uses for both industrial and commercial applications. One of the main purposes of potassium permanganate is to purify water by removing manganese and iron from it. It is a strong oxidant that doesn’t generate toxic byproducts. Other uses of this substance include the synthesis of organic compounds and testing the oxidative properties of other materials.
Potassium permanganate is also a great survival tool as it can be mixed with glycerine and be used as a fire starter or can be implemented as a treatment for diseases like cholera or fungal infections on the skin.
In small doses, this chemical is not toxic, but it can be harmful if swallowed, inhaled, or if it comes into direct contact with skin. Handle with care and be sure to wear protective gear when using this substance.