Its largest applications are in the manufacture of glass, paper, rayon, soaps and detergents. As a food additive, it is used as an acidity regulator, anti-caking agent, raising agent and stabiliser. As a medicine, because it neutralises gastric acid, it acts an antacid.
|Molar Weight||105.988 g/mol (anhydrous); 285.99 g/mol (decahydrate)|
|Melting Point||851 °C|
|Specific Gravity||2.54 g/cm³|
Synonyms: Soda ash, Soda crystals, Washing soda, calcined soda, E500
Chemical Formula: Na2CO3; Na₂CO3.10H2O
CAS Number: 491-19-8 (anhydrous)