Sodium Hydroxide 50% (Avantor BA-3725-03 ELEC 8Pt)
This substance is a mixture of solid sodium hydroxide with water. In its natural state, this chemical forms white, waxy crystals. It dissolves well in water and is much more stable as a solution. It is odorless and highly corrosive to human skin. Sodium hydroxide is also known as lye.
Due to its caustic nature, this chemical can be utilized for a wide range of applications. It can be part of the manufacturing process for various items including soaps, dyes, rayon, and explosives. Sodium hydroxide can also be found in paper production as it helps turn wood fibers into pulp. Commercially, this substance is utilized as an industrial-strength cleaning agent for various surfaces.
Contact with skin or eyes can result in severe chemical burns. Sodium hydroxide should be handled with extreme caution and care. Gloves and goggles should be worn at all times. It can also absorb water and carbon dioxide from the air, so it should be stored in airtight containers.