What is Acetic Acid

Acetic Acid, also known as ethanoic acid or methanecarboxylic acid, is the active ingredient in vinegar, effective in multiple cooking and cleaning applications. It is used as a buffer in chemical reactions and solutions including protic solvents.

  • Synonyms: Ethanoic acid or methanecarboxylic acid
  • INCI: Acetic Acid
  • Chemical formula: CH₃COOH or C2H4O2
  • CAS #: 64-19-7
  • Hazard: 8, Corrosive Liquid
    • H226: Flammable liquid and vapor [Warning Flammable liquids]
    • H314: Causes severe skin burns and eye damage [Danger Skin corrosion/irritation]

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Acetic acid 56%
Acetic acid 56% FG
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Acetic acid 80%
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AppearanceClear colorless liquid
Oderpungent vinegar odor
Solubilities:Soluble in water
Boiling point244.22°F (117.9°C)
Molecular weight60.06
Weight per gallon8.7088
ClassAromatic chemicals
GradesGlacial / Food Grade / USP / NF Grade / Kosher


Acetic acid uses include acidulant, buffer, dyestuffs, electroplating, oil field service chemicals, oil well acidizing, photographic, textile.

  • Coatings and Construction: Acetic acid is used for the manufacture of inks and dyes and it is also used in making perfumes. It is also involved in manufacturing of rubber and plastic industries.
  • HI&I: It is used in the formulation of cleaning and disinfecting products.
  • Pharmaceuticals: It is used as an antiseptic.
  • Industrial: Acetic acid is used in many industrial processes for the production of substrates and it is often used as a chemical reagent for the production of a number of chemical compounds. It is also used to purify organic compounds as it can be used as a solvent for recrystallization.

Quick answers

Acetic Acid is a synthetic carboxylic acid with antibacterial and antifungal properties.

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