Hydrochloric Acid (HCL)

  • Appearance: Liquid
  • Formula: HCR
  • Boiling point (degrees Celsius): Not determined
  • Melting point (degrees Celsius): Not determined
  • Relative density: Approx. 1.18 @20 degrees Celsius
  • CAS No.: 7647-01-0

What is Hydrochloric Acid?

Hydrochloric acid is a clear, colourless and pungent solution created by dissolving hydrogen chloride gas in water. It is a by-product of chlorine manufacture, along with sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide.

Uses for Hydrochloric Acid 

A highly corrosive mineral acid, hydrochloric acid has many industry uses, making it known as a ‘workhorse chemical’. Its uses include:
  • In the production of different types of chlorides and metals
  • In the refinement of ore
  • As a pH regulator in pharmaceuticals and the food industry
  • In the creation of sugars, food additives and gelatine
  • In the removal of rust and scale during steel pickling.
Hydrochloric acid is also used on small scale application such as leather processing, household cleaning and building construction.Other names for hydrochloric acid include muriatic acid, chlorohydric acid, marine acid and spirits of salt.

Hydrochloric Acid Hazards 

Hydrochloric acid must be stored in a well-ventilated area away from non-compatible materials and solutions. Skin and eye contact must be avoided at all times; as well as ingestion and/or inhalation. This chemical will corrode metals, rubber and some plastics if allowed to come into contact – please refer to our Material Safety Data sheet (MSDS) for full details on hydrochloric acid safety and storage.

Buying Hydrochloric Acid 

As experienced UK chemical manufacturers, ReAgent is able to provide hydrochloric acid in various strengths and grades, ranging from a few hundred millilitres up to 1000 litre intermediate bulk containers (IBCs).If what you require is not listed in our catalogue, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to provide you with prices and technical advice.

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