A soft, white, alkaline powder. Calcium hydroxide, or slaked lime, is made by grinding quicklime (calcium oxide) with water; this forms a fine-grain precipitate. Calcium hydroxide absorbs carbon dioxide from the air forming calcium carbonate. It is used as a component in hydraulic cements because it will set underwater. Calcium hydroxide is also used to dehair hides, to kill insects, as a preservative in water paints and as a neutralizing agent in paper pulp solutions. A saturated solution of calcium hydroxide, called limewater, has a pH of 12.4.
Synonyms and Related Terms
calcium dihydroxide; slaked lime; calcium hydrate; lime hydrate; caustic lime; limewater
Soluble in glycerin, acids. Slightly soluble in water. pH = 12.4 (saturated solution)Insoluble in alcohols.
|Melting Point||580 (dec)|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 74.1|
Hazards and Safety
Skin contact causes irritation.
T.Schaeffer, V.Blythe-Hill, J.Druzik "Aqueous Light Bleaching of Paper: Comparison of Calcium Hydroxide and Magnesium Bicarbonate Bathing Solutions" JAIC, 35:219-238, 1996.
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