What occurs in nature as a mineral, is produced from brine, can be mined, used as a flavoring for food, and can also be found in great abundance in sea water? The answer is sodium chloride, or more commonly referred to as salt.
Salt is much more than just a flavoring for your food. Did you know that salt reduced human dependence on the seasonal availability of food (because of its ability to preserve) and allowed humans to travel over long distances? It allowed for the migration and survival of civilization. In fact, sodium chloride serves as one of the most important substances used by the human race. Throughout history, salt was used for trading purposes and often resulted in national economies and wars. Although times have changed, the world still consumes and uses quite a bit of sodium chloride each year. The world’s annual consumption of salt exceeds 150 million tons!
So, what is everyone using sodium chloride for? What are some of its everyday uses?
Sodium Chloride for the Human Body:
- Minor Sore Throat – Have a sore throat? Relieve it by mixing a small amount of salt in some warm water and gargle. It is still recommended by doctors today.
- Tired Aching Feet – Soak your feet in some warm salt water and it will ease the soreness and ache in your muscles. Epsom salt will work as well.
- Sprains, Strains and Bee Stings- Warmly dampen a towel, sprinkle some sodium chloride on it, fold it and then place it on the affected area. Even if it’s only temporary, it will bring some relief.
- Poison Ivy – Although a salt bath won’t cure poison ivy, it will sooth the irritation.
Everyday Household Uses for Sodium Chloride:
- Cleaning Vegetables – Cleaning your vegetables in salt water can remove any dirt or grit that may be trapped on and in between them.
- Remove Coffee and Tea Stains from Cups – You can remove any coffee or tea stains by rubbing the stained area with a damp sponge or cloth dipped in salt. You can even clean your coffee maker for that next fresh cup of coffee! Fill it with water, salt and boil.
- Grease Fire – Never, and I mean never, pour water on a grease fire. Use salt instead.
- Reduce Grease Build Up – Pouring some warm salt water down the drain can help reduce grease build up.
- Kills Weeds – Sprinkling salt on unwanted plants will kill them.
- Kills Fleas and Deters Ants – If you are having a flea problem, or an ant problem, sprinkle some salt around your home and lightly on your carpet.
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Isopropyl alcohol is a colorless chemical compound with a strong musty odor. This chemical compound is usually produced by combining water and propylene in a hydration reaction, but it also can be synthesized from acetone. Much of the isopropyl alcohol produced is used in the manufacture of acetone. However, it is also used as a solvent for oils, perfumes, synthetic resins, and gums.
Isopropyl alcohol is used to dissolve other substances in the cosmetics and personal care products industries. It is also used to decrease the thickness of liquids and to reduce the tendency of finished products to generate foam when shaken. In addition, the FDA has determined that isopropyl alcohol can be used safely and effectively as an antiseptic Over-The-Counter drug ingredient.
The more common name of isopropyl alcohol is rubbing alcohol, which many are familiar with because it is commonly found in first aid kits and bathroom cabinets. Rubbing alcohol is used primarily for medical and cosmetic purposes such as sterilizing medical devices and cleaning wounds. It is also found in many topical skin care products like facial cleansers and astringents, nail polish remover, and lotions. Where did the term “rubbing” alcohol come from? The chemical is used by massage therapists and athletic trainers to treat skin and muscle groups by rubbing it directly on the skin.
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Sulfuric acid, a highly corrosive mineral acid, is a very important commodity chemical throughout the world. In fact, a nation’s sulfuric acid production is often a good indicator of its industrial strength. Roughly 60% of the world’s sulfuric acid production is used for fertilizers, especially superphosphates, ammonium phosphate, and ammonium sulfates. Around 20% is used in the chemical industry to produce things like detergents, pharmaceuticals, insecticides, antifreeze, and synthetic resins. Less than 10 % of the world’s sulfuric acid is used in relation to pigments in paints, inks, papers, and fabrics.
Sulfuric acid is a clear, water-soluble liquid with a yellowish tint. You may be familiar with it around the house, as this chemical is frequently used as a major ingredient in acid drain cleaners to remove unwanted hair, tissue, grease, etc. from household drains like sinks and showers. Sulfuric acid is also heavily used as an industrial cleaning agent by the iron and steel making industries in order to remove oxidation, rust, and scaling from materials before they are sold.
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Acetone is a good solvent for a wide range of organic compounds because of its chemical composition and other general properties. The structure of acetone consists of a carbon atom surrounded by an oxygen atom and two CH3 groups. The physical properties of acetone include a high evaporation rate, low viscosity, and miscibility with water, as well as other organic compounds.
About 30% of the world’s supply of acetone is used as a solvent, most commonly in the pharmaceutical industry. It is used as a denaturant in denatured alcohol and as a carrier in pharmaceutical drugs. Also, this tech-grade chemical has applications in the cosmetic, medical, food packaging, cleaning, and food additive industries. For example, acetone is often used as the primary agent in nail polish remover and is also used by make-up artists to help remove the skin adhesive from wigs and mustaches.
Be careful when using this chemical because it is known to be slightly toxic, colorless, and highly flammable. At temperatures greater than -4 degrees Fahrenheit (its flash point), acetone can catch on fire or explode. Also, if a highly concentrated form of acetone is inhaled, it can cause throat irritation.
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Salicylic acid is a monohydroxybenzoic acid known for its ability to relieve aches and pains and reduce fevers. Although lethal in great quantities, salicylic acid is also used as a food preservative, as a bactericidal, and as an antiseptic. However, this chemical is probably best known for its use in acne treatments.
Salicylic acid is used topically to help clear pimples and skin blemishes in people who have acne. This chemical treats acne by reducing swelling and redness and unplugging blocked skin pores. Topical salicylic acid is also used to treat skin conditions like psoriasis, calluses, or warts, which involve scaling or overgrowth of the skin. Salicylic acid treats these skin conditions by loosening the dry or scaly skin so that it can be easily removed.
Many fruits and vegetables are natural sources of salicylic acid, including blackberries, blueberries, radishes, cantaloupes, green peppers, dates, guavas, olives, raisins, tomatoes, and mushrooms. A few herbs and spices naturally contain high amounts of this chemical as well.
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Caustic soda, otherwise known as sodium hydroxide (NaOH), is chemically reactive with a wide variety of other chemicals, including both organic and inorganic chemicals. Most users of caustic soda find that the 50% grade solution is the most useful form to buy because it is relatively easy to obtain and reasonably priced.
Caustic soda is an essential ingredient in a wide range of industrial applications including:
- Pulp and paper – This is the largest application for caustic soda. Uses for this chemical include the de-inking of waste paper, as well as being a raw material in the pulping and bleaching process.
- Textiles – Caustic soda is used to process cotton and dye synthetic fibers, such as nylon and polyester.
- Bleach manufacturing – Caustic soda is used to make bleach, which can be used to control mold and mildew.
- Petroleum products – Caustic soda is used to produce petroleum and natural gas because it removes unpleasant smells from these materials by limiting the presence of hydrogen sulfide.
- Aluminum production – Caustic soda is used to dissolve bauxite ore, a raw material used in aluminum production.
- Chemical processing – Caustic soda is used to process several products including solvents, fabrics, coatings, adhesives, plastics, herbicides, dyes, pharmaceuticals, etc.
- Smaller applications for caustic soda include water treatment, cleaners for beverage bottles, drain and pipe cleaners, oven cleaners, and other household cleaning products.
Caustic soda is a highly corrosive chemical that can be dangerous if not handled properly. This chemical can cause serious burns to the eyes and skin. Also, if caustic soda comes in contact with your eyes, even only for a few seconds, it can cause permanent damage and even blindness. Before working with caustic soda, you should know where the nearest eyewash fountain or shower is located because if caustic soda comes in contact with any part of your body, begin rinsing immediately with large quantities of flowing water.
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Salt, also known as Sodium Chloride, is a chemical product used in many industries such as medicine, agriculture and food. For centuries, people have used salt as a cleaning agent for household surfaces. It can also cleanse and disinfect a wound. Salt is used in many brands of shampoo, toothpaste, and mouthwash. On the skin, salt can be extremely helpful as a massage element to improve skin complexion.
Salt is added to most foods as a preservative, flavor enhancer, fermentation-control additive, texture-control agent, and/or color developer. As a preservative, salt inhibits the growth of bacteria because many micro organisms cannot live in an overly salty environment. Salt is added to promote color development in bacon, ham and many other processed meat products.
Salt is even used to de-ice driveways and patches of ice on roads. When temperatures are above 0 degrees Fahrenheit, roads are commonly de-iced with salt, spread over the roads by snowplows or dump trucks. On particularly slippery roads, salt is often mixed with sand and gravel. Sodium chloride (rock salt) is normally used because it is inexpensive and easy to get in large quantities.
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Limonene is a colorless liquid hydrocarbon that is classified as a cyclic terpene. The rinds of many citrus fruits, such as the lemon, contain large amounts of limonene and this is where this chemical compound gets its name. The more common D isomer of limonene (D-limonene) smells strongly of oranges and is acquired commercially from citrus fruits through two main processes: centrifugal separation and steam distillation. D-limonene is used as a precursor to carvone in chemical synthesis and is present in many consumer products.
Because this chemical smells like oranges, D-limonene is used in food manufacturing as well as in some natural and alternative medicines. D-limonene is said to alleviate gastroesophageal reflux disease as well as heartburn. Also, D-limonene is commonly used as a flavoring to mask the bitter taste of alkaloids, as an aroma in perfumes, as a botanical insecticide, and as a solvent added to cleaning products.
Limonene is currently being used as a solvent for cleaning oil off of machine parts at auto shops. Limonene is also used as a paint stripper on painted wood and as a solvent in model airplane glues. Limonene can be used to remove self-adhesive postage stamps from envelope paper. In addition, many cosmetic products contain this chemical.
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A solvent is a liquid, solid, or gas that dissolves another solid, liquid, or gaseous solute. The largest use for isopropyl alcohol is as a solvent, and usually as a cleaner. It can be used as an industrial cleaner for machinery and parts. Isopropyl alcohol is also found in many everyday products such as paint thinners, inks, general-purpose cleaners, disinfectants and windshield thawing agents.
99% isopropyl alcohol is used to clean surfaces and also to prevent infection from minor surface wounds like scrapes and cuts. It is frequently used at tattoo shops to clean bacteria off of the skin before a tattoo or piercing. However, it should never be used to clean a deep open wound or to clean the opening around a piercing after the piercing has been made.
IPA 99% is used heavily in the nail industry. The chemical is great for cleaning the surface of the client’s nails and producing maximum nail shine. For example, when applying the tremendously popular Shellac™ nail polish, the procedure details even include using a nail brush that is dipped in isopropyl alcohol 99% to detail the nails and to make them shine.
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