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Acetic Acid Glacial (General Use)

Acetic Acid Glacial (General Use)

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Acetic acid, also known as ethanoic acid, is a weak organic acid with the chemical formula CH3COOH. It is one of the simplest carboxylic acids and is identified by its colourless solutions and characteristic sour smell and taste.

Properties of acetic acid:

  • Chemical formula: CH3COOH
  • Molecular weight: 60.052 g/mol
  • State at room temperature: Colourless liquid with a pungent and sour odour
  • Solubility: Highly soluble in water, alcohol, and ether
  • Acidity: A weak acid, meaning it partially dissociates into hydrogen ions (H+) and acetate ions (CH3COO-) in an aqueous solution

Acetic acid is a crucial chemical compound with numerous applications in various industries, including the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and textile industries. The most well-known use of acetic acid is as an ingredient in vinegar, where its concentration is around 8-10%. It is also a popular ingredient in many household cleaning agents and even fabric softeners.

Synthetic forms of acetic acid have many other industrial applications. Examples include pH regulation, metal processing, and the production of cellulose acetate, which is used in photographic film, and various synthetic fabrics.

Specification of ReAgent’s Acetic Acid

ReAgent are leading acetic acid suppliers. We offer a wide range of acetic acid solutions, from 5% to 80%, as well as glacial acetic acid for general, analytical, and laboratory uses. As holders of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard, you can rest assured that all of our products come with a 100% quality guarantee.

Our top-grade products are available in a variety of pack sizes, including 2.5L, 25L, and 200L. You can also choose our personalised labelling service to ensure your packaging is cohesive with your brand and displays all the relevant safety information.

When you buy acetic acid online with us, you can benefit from discounts on bulk orders over four items, and expect fast shipment in as little as 24 hours.

While it is classified as a weak acid, acetic acid can still attack the skin in concentrated solutions and should be handled with care. Always refer to the MSDS before handling this product. The MSDS for our acetic acid products is available to download from our website.

Applications of Acetic Acid

Acetic acid's diverse applications across industries highlights its significance as a versatile and essential chemical compound. Its unique properties make it valuable in different applications across multiple industries, including:

Food and beverages

Acetic acid is present in many common foods. As the primary component of vinegar, it is widely used as a condiment, salad dressing, food preservative, and flavour enhancer in various cuisines. It is also used to regulate acidity and pH levels in certain processed foods, such as sauces, dressings, and pickles.

Chemical industry

Acetic acid is a fundamental building block for the production of various chemicals. It is used to synthesise acetic anhydride, acetate esters (ethyl acetate, butyl acetate), and other chemicals with diverse applications, including solvents, coatings, and plastics. It is also a precursor for various acetates, which have numerous applications as solvents, plastics, textile finishes, and pharmaceuticals.


In dyeing and printing processes, acetic acid is used as an auxiliary agent to help fix dyes to fabrics and enhance colour fastness. Another popular use of acetic acid in the textile industry is to produce cellulose acetate fibres, which are used in fabrics, photographic film, and cigarette filters.


The medicinal uses of acetic acid lie in its ability to be used as an active ingredient or excipient to adjust acidity and enhance drug stability. It is also used in the formulation of certain pharmaceutical drugs and topical solutions.


Acetic acid-based herbicides are used in organic farming and gardening to control and eliminate weeds. Acetic acid is effective here because it breaks down the cell walls in plants, causing the fluids to drain and the plant to desiccate. 

Cleaning agents and household applications

When diluted, acetic acid acts as a natural and eco-friendly cleaning agent. Its powerful acidity makes it excellent at removing stains, limescale, and soap scum from various surfaces, including glass, tiles, and bathroom fixtures. People have often used vinegar straight from the bottle as an alternative to store-bought surface cleaners. Acetic acid is even effective in fabric softeners, where it reduces static cling and softens clothes.

These common uses of acetic acid demonstrate its significance and versatility in various industries. Because of its varied usage, ReAgent manufactures a huge range of acetic acid solutions that can suit any and all applications. That’s why our formulations range from 5% to 80%, and why we offer both general, analytical, and laboratory grade solutions. 

Read more about the common uses of acetic acid here.

Why Choose ReAgent Chemicals For Acetic Acid?

When you buy acetic acid from ReAgent, you're buying from a business you can trust. As a leading UK acetic acid supplier, ReAgent has been providing chemical manufacturing services for nearly 50 years, and we are extremely proud of the reputation we have built among various industries.

All of our acetic acid products are backed by a 100% quality guarantee. We are accredited to a range of quality management systems, including the ISO 9001 Quality Standard, the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard, and the ISO 13485 Quality Standard for medical devices. When you buy acetic acid from ReAgent, you know you’re getting superior quality. 

Many of our customers opt for the ease of buying online, where you get discounts on bulk orders and quick shipment times. If you need some extra support or guidance, our customer service team is always willing to help with your queries. Simply call us for a quote or technical question.

ReAgent’s Quality Control

At ReAgent, quality is at the heart of everything we do. We are accredited to a range of internationally recognised standards that ensure everything we produce meets impeccable quality standards.

Our quality certifications include:

  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard: This demonstrates our systematic approach to managing quality and ensuring consistency in our products, as well as our commitment to following stringent quality standards. Read our quality policy here.
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Standard: Our dedication to minimising the impact we have on the environment is reflected in this accreditation. You can rest assured that the product we manufacture for you has been produced in a responsible manner. Read our environmental policy here.
  • ISO 13485:2016 Quality Management Systems Standard: This demonstrates that ReAgent complies with the strict QMS requirements specific to the medical devices industry, including current Medical Device Directives, regulations, and responsibilities.