White deliquescent solid. Potassium hydroxide is a strongly caustic material that has long been used in the manufacture of Soap. It is used as a mordant in dyeing Wood and as a component in paint removers, and printing inks. Potassium hydroxide is also used as an etchant in photoengraving and lithography.
Synonyms and Related Terms
caustic potash; potassium hydrate; potassium lye; potassa
- Toxic by ingestion and inhalation
- Strongly caustic and corrosive to tissue
- Deleterious to wool, leather, aluminum, lead, tin and zinc.
- ThermoFisher: SDS
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in water, ethanol, glycerol. Slightly soluble in ether. Absorbs water and carbon dioxide from the air.
|Melting Point||405 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 56.1|
|Boiling Point||1324 C|