What Makes Sodium Hydroxide So Efficient Cleaner?
Caustic soda is a base used in soap making. When the water solution of caustic soda gets in contact with animal or plant fats or oils, the result is soap and glycerol. The process is called saponification. So when you use sodium hydroxide, you are dissolving the fats and transforming it into water-soluble products. Basically, you are turning the grease into soap, not just smearing it around. Caustic soda can be used as an oven cleaner, but also as a very efficient drain cleaner. Besides dissolving fats, it hydrolyses the proteins in hair, which usually clog the pipes in your shower.
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You don’t need to be a scientist to try this oven cleaning method at home.
How to Prepare the Oven Cleaner
You can easily purchase soda caustic at soap making stores and other hobby stores both online and offline. It is usually in the form of white flakes or granules. To clean your oven from grease, you need to prepare a 10% solution. Take 100 g of sodium hydroxide and put it into a deep plastic container. Carefully add 1 litre of cold water – the reaction of the two ingredients is exothermic, meaning the solution literally heats itself. Stir gently. Your oven cleaner is ready! You can either pour it into a spray bottle or dip a sponge directly into the liquid. Apply to all built-up grease inside the over and on the cooktops and let it sit for 10 minutes. After the time is up, all you need to do it wipe up the appliance and let it dry.
Safety Measures When Cleaning Caustic Soda
- Always wear gloves and goggles to avoid contact with skin
- Never add caustic soda flakes to water, always put the solid first
- Never use warm water as water, and caustic soda have an exothermic reaction
- Stir your solution gently and to avoid the liquid splashing onto your skin
- Don’t inhale the vapours released during the reaction of the ingredients
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