ETHANOIC ACID (OR ACETIC ACID)
CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF ETHANOIC ACID
USES OF ETHANOIC ACID (OR ACETIC ACID)
- Dilute ethanoic acid (in the form of vinegar) is used as a food preservative in the preparation of pickles and sauces (like tomato sauce). As vinegar, it is also used as an appetizer for dressing food dishes.
- It is used for making cellulose acetate which is an important artificial fibre.
- It is used in the manufacture of acetone (propanone) and esters used in perfumes.
- It is used to coagulate rubber from latex.
- The reaction of esters with alkalis gives carboxylic acid salt and alcohol which is used in the making of soaps by the process called saponification reaction.
Ethyl ethonate sodium hydroxide ethanol sodium ethanoate
- Used as an agent to lyse red blood cells before white blood cells are examined.
- Used as a solvent in the production of camphor, a scent and cooking ingredient.
- Used as a stop bath for photographic emulsion development.
- Farmers sometimes spray acetic acid on livestock silage to fight fungal and bacterial growth.