How to Test for Sodium Acetate

Sodium acetate is a chemical compound that many people encounter daily without knowing; it has uses in diverse fields such as food flavoring, medicine, the rubber industry and beyond. It can also serve as material for simple at-home chemistry experiments and may one day find use as an insecticide.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Sodium acetate
  • Saucepan
  • Heating source
  • Plastic container
  • Ice water

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Chemical Characteristics

Remove it from its heating source and move it to a plastic container, then cool the container by setting it in cold or ice water.

Wait 10 minutes then add the extra sodium acetate. If it is sodium acetate, it will quickly become hard like ice, but it will let off heat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sodium acetate is safe to use in food, because it requires large amounts to create minor irritation.
  • Ingesting, inhaling or coming into contact with sodium acetate can cause various adverse effects, which are listed in the sodium acetate material safety data sheet (see Resources).


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