This substance is a white or grayish solid that is usually found in flake form. It is also hygroscopic, meaning that it absorbs water from the air, which can both increase its mass and give it a shinier complexion if exposed for long periods. The flakes are odorless yet highly toxic, so do not taste or touch for any reason. This chemical is also soluble in water, alcohol or glycerol and does not mix with acetone or ether. Overall, sodium hydroxide flakes are stable as long as they are not exposed to air for a long time. Not only will they absorb water from the atmosphere but they will also absorb carbon, forming sodium carbonate. This substance should stay in sealed conditions at all times. In all its forms, sodium hydroxide is used as a chemical base for multiple products, including paper, soaps, textiles, and drain cleaners. Because of the way that the substance reacts with tissue, it can also be used to dissolve dead animals such as roadkill or livestock. As a cleaning agent, it works well to remove grease, oils, fats, and protein-based deposits. As such it is ideal for clearing drains or stripping paint. In some cases, sodium hydroxide can also be used in food preparation or water treatment if it is prepared and handled carefully. Because of its high toxicity, it must be treated with extra care to ensure that it doesn’t toxify food or water. This substance is highly volatile and must be handled properly. It is poisonous if ingested, corrosive to your skin and can cause severe eye damage. You must treat with extreme caution and wear all protective gear to ensure that it doesn’t come into direct contact with your body. As for disposal, it must be removed according to hazardous waste procedures so that it doesn’t have a significant environmental impact.
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