This type of acid can either be utilized as a viscous liquid or as a crystalline solid. It is both clear and colorless and does not produce any vapors or odors. In either form, this substance is highly miscible in water, and it is soluble in ethanol. It is also classified as deliquescent, meaning that it will absorb water in the air. Almost 90% of all phosphoric acid produced is used for fertilizers since phosphorous is a necessary component to increase crop yields. This substance can also be found in a variety of other products, such as toothpaste, water softeners, and as a food additive. In some cases, phosphoric acid can also be utilized to remove rust from certain metals. This substance is highly corrosive to human tissue, so eye protection and gloves must be worn. It should be stored in a cool, dry area, but it is not flammable. Direct contact with the skin should be washed out immediately to prevent burns and redness.
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