Sodium hydroxide, solution 1 M

Molecular formula:
NaOH
Chemical compound:
sodium hydroxide
Common name:
Other names:
lye, caustic soda

NaOH – sodium hydroxide – is a white, solid compound also known as lye and caustic soda. Sodium hydroxide is a strong alkali and can cause severe chemical burns. Sodium hydroxide is widely used in many industries, including paper production, textiles, soaps, cosmetics, and chemistry. NaOH is included in many substances used to clear blockages in drains: it helps completely dissolve debris of all sizes and move it further through the pipes.

Experiments

Hazard information

Hazard statements

  • May be corrosive to metals.
  • Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.

Precautionary statements

  • IF ON SKIN (or hair): Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/ shower.
  • Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
  • IF INHALED: Remove person to fresh air and keep comfortable for breathing.
  • IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses if present and easy to do – continue rinsing.