Oxalic acid is known as ethanedioic acid. It is a compound found naturally in many vegetables and plants. It is a strong organic acid. When it is in a solid-state, it is colourless and odourless. However, it takes the form of white crystal substance after purification. For professional use only because It reacts and forms a complex with metal ions. This either affects the stability or appearance of the product.
Uses Of Oxalic Acid
It is used in cosmetic products as a PH adjuster and chelating agent
Oxalic acid has acid bleach features. It is thereby found in products like detergents and bleaches.
It is used for the toughest cleaning duties in removing rust and stains on objects and metals.
Industrially, it is used in sterilizing equipment. It is used mostly for mineral processing mechanisms. Textile firms also use it for bleaching clothes.
Medically, it is used for purification of certain chemicals or in other to dilute them especially photographic film.
It can also be used in wastewater treatment in other to remove calcium deposits effectively from the water.
It is also used in polishing stones or old woods.
Also used to remove some paints and varnishes from surfaces. Similarly, it is used to clean encrustations from wall paintings
It is also used as a mordant in dyeing textiles. Oxalic Acid is also used in the manufacture of ink.