Sodium Chloride

Sarah Knight

Common Information

  • the chemical compound is NaCl
  • The common name is salt

Uses of Sodium Chloride

  • seasoning on food
  • cleaning objects such as contacts in the form of saline
  • used to deice roads during the winter

Properties of Sodium Chloride

  • odorless
  • colorless to white cubic crystals
  • soluble in water

Other Facts

  • Sodium chloride regulates the water content of our body
  • In the U.S, only 6% of salt is used in food, another 17% is used for getting the ice off roads and highways during the winter
  • In the 1800's, salt was four times the price it is today
  • The consumption of too much salt will kill you. The Chinese used this as a way of ritual suicide.