Coal tar is a black, thick liquid with an unpleasant smell.
It is obtained as a by-product in the process of making coke. Though its colour is the same as coke, tar is a highly viscous liquid. It also has an extremely unpleasant smell
- Coal tar is widely used to manufacture paints, perfumes, synthetic dyes, photographic material, drugs and explosives.
- It can be utilized to make insecticides and pesticides. Naphthalene balls that are commonly used to keep moths away are made from tar.
- Coal tar is an ingredient of anti-dandruff and lice-repelling shampoos, soaps and ointments.