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The Dangers of Battery Acid

Battery acid is dangerous because it contains sulphuric acid, a highly toxic and corrosive chemical.  Sulphuric acid can cause severe skin burns and even blindness if it gets in contact with your eyes. Ingesting battery acid can damage the inner lining of the digestive tract, while inhalation may result in breathing difficulties. Read on to find out more about the...

Is Formaldehyde Harmful to Humans?

While formaldehyde is typically safe at very low levels, it’s highly toxic and harmful at concentrations above 100 ppm. Even at a concentration of 50 ppm, formaldehyde can cause potentially life-threatening health issues including a severe pulmonary reaction. Formaldehyde has a range of industrial applications. For example, it’s often used as a chemical precursor to other more complex organic compounds...

Is Antifreeze The Same As Coolant?

Although the terms ‘antifreeze’ and ‘coolant’ are often used interchangeably, they’re not the same thing. Antifreeze is a liquid that contains either ethylene glycol or propylene glycol, whereas a coolant is a mixture of antifreeze and water. Most modern vehicles have cooling systems that use a solution of water and antifreeze to maintain a stable temperature and prevent damage to...

What’s the Difference Between Distilled and Ultrapure Water?

Although distilled water is often synonymous with ultrapure water, the two are technically different products. Distilled water is a product of simple evaporation and condensation, while ultrapure water is produced through a relatively complex multi-staged process, which includes distillation. What’s more, distilled water is safe to drink, whereas ultrapure water is not. Distilled water explained What is distilled water? Distilled water is...

About The Chemistry Blog

At The Chemistry Blog, we want to inform and educate people about chemistry, the chemical industry, and the uses, benefits, and applications of different chemicals, from methylene chloride to toluene to ethyl alcohol. No matter what it is you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of chemical information here.

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But you don’t have to be a science pro or student to enjoy what we have on The Chemistry Blog. Have you ever wondered about the chemicals in swimming pools or oven cleaners? Do you want to get the most out of that jar of baking soda in your cupboard, or learn how to remove sticky labels using some rubbing alcohol? The Chemistry Blog is home to tons of articles that explore the applications and science behind common household chemicals so that you can better understand the things you use everyday. So, whether you’re a student, a science buff, or simply curious, there’s something for everyone on The Chemistry Blog!