What is Caustic Potash Flake

Potassium hydroxide, also known as lye is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula KOH. Also commonly referred to as caustic potash, it is a potent base that is marketed in several forms including pellets, flakes, and powders. It is used in various chemical, industrial and manufacturing applications. Potassium hydroxide is also a precursor to other potassium compounds. Potassium hydroxide is used in food to adjust pH, as a stabilizer, and as a thickening agent. This ingredient has been considered as generally safe as a direct human food ingredient by the FDA, based upon the observance of several good manufacturing practice conditions of use. In addition to the above uses, potassium hydroxide is also used in making soap, as an electrolyte in alkaline batteries and in electroplating, lithography, and paint and varnish removers. Liquid drain cleaners contain 25 to 36% of potassium hydroxide. Medically, potassium hydroxide (KOH) is widely used in the wet mount preparation of various clinical specime (...)

  • Synonyms: Kaustisk pottaske, KOH 45 %, Kalilut, Kaliumkarbonat, KOH, Kullsurt kali, Pottaske, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, Caustic potash, 1310-58-3, Potash lye, Potassium hydrate, Hydroxyde de potassium, Potassium hydroxide (K(OH)), Potassa, Potasse caustique, Potassium hydroxide solution, Caswell No. 693, Cyantek CC 723, Caustic potash solution, potassiumhydroxide, UNII-WZH3C48M4T, Potasse caustique [French], MFCD00003553, CCRIS 6569, Hydroxyde de potassium [French], HSDB 1234
  • INCI: Caustic Potash Flake
  • Chemical Formula: KOH
  • CAS Number: 1310-58-3

Product Specifications

Chemical Formula KOH
CAS Number 1310-58-3
Molar Weight 56.106 g/mol
Melting Point 405
Boiling Point greater than 266 °F at 760 mm Hg (USCG, 1999)
Forms Potassium hydroxide, solution appears as an clear aqueous solution. Corrosive to metals and tissue. Noncombustible. Used in chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, cleaning compounds.

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