Crude, anhydrous sodium carbonate. Also known as Solvay soda; washing soda; soda. A white or transparent, odorless, crystalline powder with a salty, bitter taste. Shipped in 25-pound, 50-pound, and 100-pound bags; 275-pound and 400-pound drums; or bulk. An industrial chemical used in manufacturing sodium bicarbonate; sodium nitrate; glass; ceramics; water softening agents; detergents; and soaps. An alkaline material commonly used in the production of heroin base.
the common name for sodium carbonate, Na2CO3, a chemical compound used as an alkalinity builder in some soap and detergent formulations to neutralize acid water, and in the lime-soda water treatment process.