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Products of the Sodium A co-product of chlorine production, sodium hydroxide is

used to help produce a wide range of useful products. It is

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a key component in many important chemical processes.
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Cosmetics
Gelling agent
Grease
Pharmaceuticals
Aluminum stearate Plastics stabilizer
Aluminum ALUMINUM ORE Soaps
metal (BAUXITE) SODIUM STEARATE Calcium stearate
Zinc stearate
PACKAGING
Aerosol cans Food additive
Aluminum foil Surface-active agents
Balloons CONSTRUCTION SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE Wetting agent for textiles
Beverage cans
Metallized film Catalyst COBALT HYDROXIDE
Pouches TRANSPORTATION
SODIUM NAPHTHENATE
Disinfectant
Driers
Doors HOUSEHOLD Emulsifier
Siding Aircraft frames/bodies Cookware SODIUM OLEATE
Baseball bats Ore flotation Pollution reduction fuel additive
Soffit/fascia/gutters Auto/truck bodies Soaps/cosmetics
LED lighting reflectors Surface-active agents
Utility poles Bicycles ELECTRONICS
Surfactant Production of naphthenic salts of other
Window frames SODIUM FLUOROACETATE Rodenticide Waterproofing textiles metals (e.g., copper) to produce wood preservatives
Synthetic detergents XYLENESULFONIC ACID
Dyes
CDs and DVDs Bleaching agent for molasses and soap
Heat sinks Dissolving pulp Sodium bisulfite SODIUM FORMALDEHYDE SULFOXYLATE Textile stripping
Magnets Carboxymethylcellulose (Sulfite process)
(see sodium choroacetate) CHEMICAL WOOD PULP
Cellophane Fertilizer
Cellulose acetate Sodium hydroxide Corrosion inhibitor
(Kraft process) SODIUM MOLYBDATE
Methyl cellulose
Rayon Equipment housing POLYCARBONATE
Electronics casing SODIUM SULFITE Fruit preservative
Bleached kraft Automotive components
Catalogs Wood pulping
Envelopes Food and beverage packaging
Engineering thermoplastics MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE Flavor enhancer
Office, copy, printing Bleached
and writing paper paperboard Shatter-proof eyeglass lenses
Food, medical, Sports equipment
aseptic and CDs and DVDs HYDRAZINE Food preservative
SODIUM PROPIONATE
milk packaging
Adhesives
Antiseptics Builder in soaps
SODIUM PHENOLATE Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) Degreaser
Blowing agent
Unbleached kraft Industrial alkaline detergents
Corrugated board Buoyancy agent for undersea salvage
Water treatment (boiler-feed)
Shopping bags Fuel cells SODIUM ORTHOSILICATE
Wrapping paper Pharmaceuticals Flavors VANILLIN
Photographic developers Perfumes
Cleaner Food products
Plating metals on glass
Coated Detergents/soaps (especially ice cream and dietetic
Polymerization catalyst SODIUM METASILICATE
Food and pharmaceutical packaging unbleached kraft foods) as a water binder,
Rocket propellant
Blueprint paper thickener, suspending agent and
Spandex fibers
Ceramics and glass emulsion stabilizer
Dye mordant Paper coatings, prints,
EPOXY RESIN SODIUM PICRAMATE Dye intermediate Stabilizer for hydrogen peroxide pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
Textile fireproofing Textile manufacturing (sizing)
Tin electroplating
Adhesives and coatings PROPYLENE SODIUM STANNATE
Carbon fiber reinforcement for aerospace, CHLOROHYDRIN
automotive and sports equipment Bristles for toothbrushes,
(See Chlorine Tree) Sodium carboxymethylcellulose airbrushes, paint brushes, etc.
Circuit boards Dyes
Glass-fiber reinforcement Hosiery
SODIUM CHLOROACETATE Vitamins Tire cord
Wind turbines RUBBER RECLAMATION
Wear-resistant apparel, alone, or in
LATEX RUBBER STABILIZERS 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid Herbicide combination with wool and cotton
INDUSTRIAL GREASE CUTTING/METAL DEGREASING
Nylon 66
PURIFICATION OF GASES (GAS SCRUBBING) Adiponitrile Hexamethylenediamine
REGENERATION OF ION EXCHANGE RESINS SODIUM CYANIDE Nylon 610
Case hardening and heat treating agent for steel Artificial blood vessels
OIL REFINING Athletic turf
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) chelator Automotive upholstery
Aluminum or linoleum prior to inking GALVANIZATION Anticoagulant for blood and for
Electroplating reducing blood cholesterol Cordage and tow lines
GRAPHIC PRINTS (ETCHING) Dyes, especially Prussian Blue Liquid soaps Electrical wire insulation
FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PEELER Gold mining Shampoos Fish net and fishing line
Pharmaceuticals, Gears and bearings
TEXTILE PROCESSING (MERCERIZING COTTON, SODIUM FORMATE Catalyst specialty synthesis Parachutes
Disinfectant Sodium hypochlorite bleach
SCOURING COTTON, VAT DYEING) Dye mordant Sodium thiocyanate Analytical reagent Pen tips
Leather tanning agent Custom synthesis reagent Sails
Flocculant Alum (sodium aluminum sulfate) WATER TREATMENT/DISINFECTION/INDUSTRIAL Surgical sutures
Metal plating
Pharmaceuticals Tennis racket strings
Sodium
REFINING VEGETABLE OILS Electroplating agent for copper,
pH control Sodium hydroxide Wallpaper printing zinc, brass and cadmium
Air and water EFFLUENT TREATMENT Extraction agent for gold and

Bottle cleaning before filling


Sodium silicate/sodium hydroxide Hydroxide silver production from ores

Grease cutter

SODIUM CHEMICALS
*The term sodium hydroxide is synonymous with caustic soda and alkali.