Advantages And Disadvantages of Potassium Carbonate

Potassium Carbonate

potassium carbonate Potassium Carbonate

Potassium carbonate is a white translucent chemical compound that is derived through a process known as electrolysis. It is known in many other names such as carbonate of potash, pearl ash, salt of tartar and salt of worm wood. Potash is one of the most significant varieties of fertilizers used in the agricultural fields. This chemical compound tends to absorb water from the air and it is commonly used for agricultural purposes. It was used as a leavening agent to bake breads in United States in the 18th century. Today potash is available in both powdered and granule forms from most of the online and offline stores at different price rates.

Advantages And Disadvantages:

Agricultural Purposes: One of the greatest advantages of potassium carbonate is its use in the field of agriculture. It is used for better growth of plants and as it helps to absorb water from the atmosphere, it keeps the soil soft and moist. Farmers use potash to strengthen the roots and stems of the plants.

Soaps And Detergents: It is also used in the manufacture of soaps and detergents as it helps to make mild soaps.

Bleaching Agent: It is widely used in textile industries to bleach clothes and leather products. Potassium is also used to dye wool.

Pottery Industry: It is also used in the pottery industry for the purpose of glazing potteries.

Printing Dyes And Inks: Potassium is used to manufacture pigments and printing inks.

Glass Making: Potash finds application in the field of glass making. It is therefore widely used by most of the glass manufacturing industries.

Specialty Glasses: It is also widely used to manufacture special types of glasses used for television screens, optical lenses and cathode ray tubes.

Food Additive: Potash is used as an additive in food items such as chocolate. Although there are a huge number of benefits associated with the use of potassium carbonate, it is not devoid of ill effects. Potash can cause harmful side effects which include inflammation of the eyes, skin, stomach and throat. It can also cause irritation to the respiratory system, skin and eyes.

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