Caustic Soda

Caustic Soda holds the formula NaOH and is mainly used as a strong chemical base in the manufacture of pulp and paper, textiles, drinking water, soaps and detergents and as a drain cleaner.

It has a variety of uses across Breweries, Dairies and Food Processing Plants. It is not suitable for use on aluminium, zinc, tin or their alloys. Caustic soda pearls easily dissolves in water, with heat release. The product is soluble in methyl and ethyl alcohols.

It is a principal strong base used in the chemical industry and as a solution it appears clear with no distinguishing odour. We are a leading Caustic Soda supplier and can facilitate orders including 25 litre, 200 litre, 1000 litre and bulk transfer.

We are also an Caustic Soda distributor, covering the UK, Europe and Ireland with our dedicated distribution fleet of vehicles. Airedale Chemical Caustic Soda is suitable for the food & beverage, personal care, recycling & waste, wood treatment, metal treatment oil & gas and engineering industries and is available in solid or liquid state.

If you would like any further product information, request our Caustic Soda MSDS or if you would like to buy Caustic Soda, contact our team to discuss your requirements.

Other names: Sodium Hydroxide, Lye, Sodium Hydrate, Sodium Lye

Grade: TECH

Strength: Variety

This product is available in the following sizes

  • 25L Drum
  • 200L Drum
  • 1000L Container
  • Bulk Transfer



An additive in drilling mud to increase alkalinity in bentonite mud system

Wood Treatment

Chemical pulping - widely used in pulping of wood for making paper or regenerated fibres.

Recycling & Waste

Tissue digestion - sodium hydroxide is used to digest tissues

Metal Processing

Dissolving amphoteric metals and compounds

Personal Care

Esterification and trans esterification reagent - traditionally used in soap making (cold process soap, saponification).

Food & Beverage

Food preparation - include washing or chemical peeling of fruits and vegetables, chocolate and cocoa processing, caramel colouring production, poultry scalding, soft drink processing, and thickening ice cream.

For degreasing and treatment of packaging in food industry (dairy plants, fat-and-oil plants, liquor enterprises, tobacco plants)

Detergent & Cleaning

Cleaning agent - an industrial cleaning agent where it is often called "caustic"
A common use of caustic soda is in the production of washer detergents, commercial oven and drain cleaners as a result of its ability to dissolve grease, oils, fats and protein based deposits.

Oil & Gas

Petroleum industry - petroleum products refining

Personal Care

Caustic Soda serves as a buffering agent in cosmetics and personal care products. It was traditionally used as an esterification and tran-esterifcation reagent in the formulation of soaps.

It is currently seen in a variety of formulas, including bath products, cleansing products, fragrances, foot powders, hair dyes and colors, makeup, nail products, personal cleanliness products, shampoos, shaving products, depilatories, skin care products, and suntan products, as well as chemical hair straighteners and hair wave sets.

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