Alternate Names: Sodium silicate, Disodium monosilicate
Description: Opaque white crystalline solid; odourless. Soluble in water, precipitated by acids and by alkaline earths and heavy-metal ions. Insoluble in alcohol.
General Information: Laundry, floor, metal and dairy cleaning, base for detergent formulations, bleaching aid and de-inking paper. Also useful with applications in industries such as cements and binders, soaps and detergents, automotive and aquaculture. Sodium Metasilicate Solution is used in the culture of marine or freshwater diatoms for the production of shellfish.