Acetic acid, also known as ethanoic acid, is an organic acid with the chemical formula CH3COOH. It is a colorless liquid with a strong, pungent odor and a sour taste. Acetic acid is a weak acid, meaning it only partially dissociates in water to release hydrogen ions.
It is widely used in various industries, including food, pharmaceutical, and chemical manufacturing. In the food industry, it is used as a preservative, flavoring agent, and acidity regulator. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is used as a solvent and in the production of various medicines. In the chemical industry, it is used in the production of various chemicals, including vinyl acetate monomer, acetic anhydride, and esters.
Chemical Nepal is one of the businesses in Nepal that manufactures acetic acid. It is one of the many chemicals that Chemical Nepal is a prominent manufacturer and supplier of for a variety of industries and applications.
Household vinegar, which is usually a diluted solution of it in water, also contains acetic acid. It can be harmful in greater concentrations, where it can result in burns and respiratory irritation. However, it is typically regarded as safe for use in a variety of applications when ingested in small quantities.