Acids

Buy Acid Online from Leading UK Chemical Suppliers

There is a huge range of acids for sale online at ReAgent, a leading UK chemical supplier. With over 40 years of industry experience, we are ideally placed to handle all your enquiries. Whether it’s about buying acids, or about another one of our top-grade chemicals, we have the expertise to advise you on all your business needs.

You can either place your order online, where we stock over 1,000 products and can ship your order within 24 hours, or over the phone by speaking with a member of our Technical Sales Team. We are chemical manufacturers who offer a 100% quality guarantee on every acidic solution and chemical product.

ReAgent is accredited to a number of internationally recognised standards, including the ISO 9001 Quality Standard and the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard. So when you buy acid from ReAgent, you can feel confident that you’re buying the best grade possible.

We supply a huge range of acid products, including but not limited to:

  • Acetic acid
  • Battery acid
  • Boric acid
  • Brick acid
  • Citric acid
  • Ethanoic acid
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Muriatic acid
  • Nital solution
  • Nitric acid
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Sulphuric acid

The above acids are available to buy in a range of pack sizes and strengths. Please use the links on the images above for further details.

Handle Acids with Safety

When handling or working with an acid, it is important to observe appropriate safety precautions. Always read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) provided with the material before commencing work. Keep acids in their original container with the cap tightly closed. You should store acids in a cool, dry and well-ventilated area away from children or animals. Wear appropriate protective clothing, including compatible safety gloves, approved eye protection, safety footwear and protective clothing. You should also use a mask and respirator when appropriate.

More about acids

Acids are needed for various purposes both in households and in industrial settings but they are corrosive and toxic substances so they should be handled with caution and care.

Acids should be stored and transported in corrosion-resistant containers. These containers could be large industrial containers or in retail size containers. The containers must be:

  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Stored in cool temperatures
  • Properly labelled
  • Tightly sealed

How should acids be stored?

Depending on the type of acid, the strength of reactivity, and its use, the following containers are commonly used for storing acids:

  • Glass bottles – these are ideal containers for most types of acids because of their inert nature. Glass is composed of silica, which is chemically not reactive to most substances, including acid. It is also non-porous, which means that it is not easily contaminated by other chemicals. The main disadvantage, however, is its fragility. It can shatter when dropped. It is also not a good container for hydrofluoric acid because this acid can corrode it.
  • Polymethylpentene – this is a type of plastic that is clear and very resistant to the corrosive action of acids. Aside from bottle containers, polymethylpentene is also used in manufacturing laboratory equipment like beakers and graduated cylinders.
  • Polyethylene – another type of plastic, which is very strong and resistant to corrosion. Aside from container bottles for acids, it is commonly used in manufacturing waste bags and pumps.
  • Teflon – a slippery substance that is commonly used as a surface coating for kitchen cooking implements like non-stick frying pans. Teflon-coated containers are ideal for strong acids like sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide, and nitric acid.

Uses of acids

Acids have both household and industrial applications depending on the type, strength, and concentration. Some acids are naturally occurring and can be derived from edible sources like citrus and vinegar. 

Natural acids from edible sources are used in:

  • Cooking ingredients – vinegar and citrus fruit extracts are common food ingredients that add flavour to food
  • Food preservation – some organic acids like lactic acid have antimicrobial properties, making them useful in the meat processing industry, particularly in processing ham and sausages
  • Cleaning agents – citric acid from lemon and acetic acid from coconut vinegar are useful cleaning agents for the bathroom and kitchen. They are also natural deodorisers
  • Health remedies – since ancient times vinegar is known to have medicinal properties used in treating wounds. It also has antiglycemic properties, helpful in lowering the blood sugar levels in diabetic patients

Some of the common industrial applications of acids are:

  • Cleaning agents – acids like hydrochloric acid are used as cleaning agents both in small-scale home applications and in large-scale industrial applications such as removing rust from metals
  • Battery components – sulphuric acid is an important component of car batteries. In diluted form, it serves as an electrolyte that transports electrons between battery cells
  • Chemical precursors – many manufacturing processes would not be possible without chemical precursors like phosphoric acid, which is used in manufacturing detergents and fertilizers.

What are acids?

The etymology or word origin of the term ‘acid’ are the Latin words acidus and acere, which mean sour. Ancient people discovered that acidic substances like vinegar taste sour, aside from being corrosive.

Technically speaking, an acid is a type of chemical substance that donates protons or ions of hydrogen and accepts electrons in a chemical reaction. When dissolved in a solvent like water, the hydrogen atoms dissociate to form cations and anions.

Acidic concentration is measured in terms of the pH level of a solution. Acidic solutions have pH levels below 7. The strength of acids, however, is not measured in pH but in terms of its dissociation constant or the tendency of ions to dissociate in a solution.

The strongest superacid, fluoroantimonic acid (HSbF6), has the highest dissociation constant. It is 20 quintillion times (2×1019) stronger than 100% pure sulphuric acid. This acid can dissolve glass and reacts violently with water.

Acid hazards

Depending on the type, concentration, and strength, acids can be hazardous. Strong industrial acids such as sulphuric acid can burn the skin and epithelial linings. Their fumes are toxic and can damage the lungs. When ingested, some acids, including the milder cleaning acids at home, are highly toxic and can cause serious illness or death.

Offering You Quality Approved Products

In addition to a wide range of acids, ReAgent is pleased to offer a variety of other chemical products, including:

  • Buffer solutions
  • Analytical and chemical reagents
  • Pharmaceutical intermediaries
  • Water treatment chemicals
  • Conductivity standard solutions
  • Solvents

As a leading chemical supplier, ReAgent has many satisfied customers in the automotive, power generation, water treatment, food manufacturing, chemical and pharmaceutical industries – to name a few.

In order to comply with the requirements of the automotive industry, ReAgent has to prepare PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) documents for intended products. Our staff are highly qualified professionals with a passion for chemicals. ReAgent staff are trained to the highest industry standards and all staff are familiar with safe working practices when handling hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals.

ReAgent looks forward to becoming your preferred chemical supplier the next time you wish to buy acid online. Our products are backed by a 100% guarantee of quality, and our Technical Sales team is here to give free advice and support to all customers.