White, water-soluble crystals composed of sodium carbonate decahydrate. Sal soda, or washing soda, is used as a laundry soap and has a mild bleaching action of cotton and linen. It is also used as a water softener.
Synonyms and Related Terms
soda; sodium carbonate decahydrate; washing soda; hydrated sodium carbonate; Nevite
Inhalation and skin contact may cause irritation.
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in water; Aqueous solution is strongly alkaline. Insoluble in ethanol.