This chemical is a white, waxy crystalline substance that dissolves well in water. It is odorless and non-flammable, but it is highly corrosive to human skin. Other names for sodium hydroxide include caustic soda, lye, and ascarite. It can be stored as either a solid or liquid, but it will absorb carbon dioxide and water from the air. One of the primary purposes for this chemical is an industrial-strength cleaning agent. Lye is sold commercially for this reason, and it can be utilized for cleaning a variety of surfaces because of its corrosive nature. Sodium hydroxide is also part of the manufacturing process for a wide range of products, including paper, soaps, dyes, explosives, and rayon. Since it is highly corrosive to the skin, you must wear gloves and eye protection at all times. Sodium hydroxide must be stored in airtight containers to avoid contamination. If exposed to the skin, you should wash the affected area thoroughly to minimize any chemical burns.
Hard Surface Cleaning & Disinfection