Uses of Oxalic acid

Oxalic acid which is also called ethanedioic acid and a type of dicarboxylic acid is a compound found naturally in many vegetables and plants. When it is in a solid state, it is odorless, colorless but takes the form of white crystal substance after purification.

Oxalic acid is also produced in the human body by the metabolism of ascorbic acid or glyoxylic acid. It is removed from the body through urine. However, industrially this acid is used as a general reducing agent. It is further corrosive in nature and has higher toxicity level than other substances. It is important to dispose this chemical properly after use.

Oxalic Acid Uses

Talking about some of the uses of Oxalic acid, this chemical is basically an essential household product that is used mainly as a cleaner for various things. In any case, we will look at some of the applications of this acid below.

  • Cleaning Agent
  • Industrial Uses
  • Medicinal uses
  • Other Uses

Cleaning Agent

Oxalic acid as mentioned above is mainly used for the toughest cleaning duties. The acid features bleach-like qualities and can be used for things like removing rust and stains on objects and metals. This acid is found in some quantity in several cleaning products, detergents and bleaches. Oxalic acid is also ideal for polishing practically any stone and treating old wood.

Industrial Uses

In industries, this chemical is applied mostly for mineral processing mechanisms. Additionally, Oxalic acid can be used to sterilize equipments and people in the textile space use it for bleaching clothes.

Medicinal Uses of Oxalic Acid

In the medical field, companies make use of the acid to further purify certain chemicals or dilute them. However, there is very less data on the health benefits of this acid. Oxalic acid in organic and raw form is non-lethal. But sometimes it can have harmful effects in the body as well.

Other Uses

So, in addition to using the chemical for bleaching, removing rust and stain, Oxalic acid is mostly used as a reducing element in developing photographic film. It is also used in wastewater treatment where this acid removes calcium deposits effectively from water.

These are some of the popular uses of Oxalic acid. To know more about properties, structure of acids and bases you can keep visiting BYJU’s or download our app for interesting content and learning experience.


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