What is Potassium Hydroxide

Potassium hydroxide is an inorganic compound used in a range of industrial applications. A strong base also known as caustic potash, its chemical formula is KOH, and its CAS number is 1310-58-3. Potassium hydroxide is highly corrosive. Though similar to sodium hydroxide, or NaOH, potassium hydroxide is produced in much smaller amounts and used less frequently in industry and manufacturing.

  • Synonyms: Caustic Potash, KOH, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide Solution
  • INCI: Potassium Hydroxide
  • Chemical formula: KOH
  • CAS #: 1310-58-3
  • Hazard: • GHS05 Corrosive GHS07 Harmful

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Potassium Hydroxide 45%
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Characteristics
AppearanceClear colorless viscous liquid
OdorOdorless
Boiling point271°F (132.8°C)
Freezing point-22°F (-30.0°C)
Molecular weight56.1 g/mol
Weight per gallon12.1470 lb/gal
ClassAlkali, Caustic
GradesIndustrial, Technical, USP, NF grade

USES AND APPLICATIONS FOR POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE

Potassium Hydroxide uses include absorption cartridge, acid neutralizer, batteries, buffer, coal treatment, cosmetics, dehydrating agent, detergents, drilling mud, fertilizer, fruit & vegetable peeling, gasoline, metal cleaners, petroleum, photographic, potassium carbonate, potassium phosphates, rubber.

  • Agriculture: It is used in the production of fertilizers. These fertilizer can be used as a source of potassium for crops that are sensitive to chloride ions
  • Rubber Industry: Potassium hydroxide solution was believed to be effective in reducing extractable protein content by leaching out the extractable protein from natural rubber latex films
  • Personal Care: It is used in small amounts in cosmetics to modulate the pH of a product. It's also used as a cleansing agent, most often in pure soaps or soap hybrid products. In higher concentrations, potassium hydroxide can aggravate skin, even if used in rinse-off products

QUICK ANSWERS

Potassium hydroxide is an inorganic compound used in a range of industrial applications. A strong base also known as caustic potash, its chemical formula is KOH, and its CAS number is 1310-58-3. Potassium hydroxide is highly corrosive. Though similar to sodium hydroxide, or NaOH, potassium hydroxide is produced in much smaller amounts and used less frequently in industry and manufacturing.

Brenntag North America works with leading manufacturers to offer a range of potassium hydroxide products. Our products come in various sizes, grades, and configurations for use in many industrial applications. We serve customers in industries ranging from food and beverage manufacturing to oil and gas, cosmetics, lubricants, and more. Our inventory includes more than 10,000 products by manufacturers such as BASF, Dow Chemical, and others. We sell potassium hydroxide in multiple grades and concentrations, from 1.7 percent solutions to 30 percent and 35 percent pure KOH flakes and pellets.

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