Sodium carbonate — Na2CO3 — is the sodium salt of carbonic acid. It is also known as soda ash, washing soda, and soda crystals. Chemically and physically, it is distinct from sodium bicarbonate, though there is some overlap in their applications, particularly in manufacturing and general industry.
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Sodium Carbonate vs. Bicarbonate of Soda
Bicarbonate of soda — sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda — has a chemical formula of NaHCO3. Sodium bicarbonate is also known as sodium hydrogen carbonate, and is structurally similar to sodium carbonate, though much less caustic. As a result, it is suitable for a wide range of household applications. Sodium bicarbonate is a common leavening agent in bread and baked goods, as well as a general purpose cleaner.
Sodium carbonate is a stronger base than sodium bicarbonate, or bicarbonate of soda. In the home, it is occasionally used in cleaning products, as well as in the production of certain foods, like pretzels. In addition, pool owners often use sodium carbonate to raise the pH level of their water.
Outside of the home, several industrial processes depend on sodium carbonate. The most common of these is glass manufacturing, where the sodium carbonate acts as a flux for silica, lowering its melting point. Other applications include photo developing, commercial baking, and toothpaste manufacturing. In addition to being a powerful pH regulator, it is also an anticaking agent, leavening agent, and stabilizer.
Physical Properties and Handling Guidelines
Sodium carbonate is an odorless, white solid with a melting point of 851 degrees Celsius. It is soluble in water and glycerol. In high concentrations, it is hazardous in the event of skin contact, eye contact, inhalation, and ingestion. It is non-flammable, but reacts with fluoride, aluminum metal, and certain other substances, posing an explosive hazard. Use proper protective clothing when working with sodium carbonate, and store unused product in a cool, well-ventilated place.
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