Chemical formula NaOH – a colourless solution, or white spheres with a slight odour
The solution of sodium hydroxide, caustic soda is used in the manufacture of soaps, dyes, paper, petrol products and polymers. Widely used in the majority of commercial oven and drain cleaners, it can also be used to clean process pipes, tanks, equipment, tanks and containers as it acts as a strong degreaser, descaler and pH adjuster.
Other applications including within the electroplating industry, as a laboratory reagent, to clean and process metal and as an effluent treatment.
The solid form of caustic soda is used widely in the paper and pulp industry. Also used in aluminium production, fuel production and refining, paints and surface treatments, as well as within solvents, dyes and adhesives.
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