Calcium chloride is a crystalline salt that is highly soluble in water. We use this ingredient in some of our laundry products to improve their viscosity and stability.
Calcium chloride can be produced by reacting hydrochloric acid with calcium hydroxide (slaked lime). It can also be derived from limestone and brine (as by-product of the Solvay process, which produces soda ash from brine). Calcium chloride is highly hygroscopic, which means it readily absorbs water, and its uses range from de-icing road surfaces, to applications in medicine and food technologies such as ‘self-heating’ meal kits.
Other names: CaCl2H4O2; Calcium Chloride, Dihydrate; Calcium Dichloride
Chemical class: Inorganic Salts
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