Potassium chloride (KCl)

Potassium chloride (KCl) is a metal halide salt composed of potassium and chlorine. It is odourless and has a white or colourless vitreous crystal appearance. The solid dissolves readily in water and its solutions have a salt-like taste.

Potassium chloride produced is used for making Potassium Fertilizer.

As a chemical feedstock, it is used for the manufacture of potassium hydroxide and potassium metal. It is also used in medicine, lethal injections, scientific applications, food processing, soaps, and as a sodium-free substitute for table salt for people concerned about the health effects of sodium.

Agriculture fertilizer is used as a supplement in animal feed to boost the number of nutrients in the feed, which in turn promotes healthy growth in animals. As an added benefit, it is known to increase milk production.

It is sometimes used in water as a completion fluid in petroleum and natural gas operations, as well as being an alternative to sodium chloride in household water softener units.

Glass manufacturers use granular potash as a flux, lowering the temperature at which a mixture melts. Because potash confers excellent clarity to glass, it is commonly used in eyeglasses, glassware, televisions and computer monitors.

The word potash is a general term that most frequently refers to Potassium Chloride, but it also applies to all other K-containing fertilizers, such as Potassium Sulfate.

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