Definition - What does Muriatic Acid mean?
Muriatic Acid is a colorless, highly pungent, and clear solution of hydrogen chloride in water. It is a strong mineral acid, highly corrosive in nature and used in many industries. It can also be found naturally in gastric acid. It is commonly known as hydrochloric acid. The term "muriatic" means referring to salt or brine. With an exception of few plastics, anything including metal, clothing and skin can be damaged if it comes in contact with Muriatic Acid. The acid emits very suffocating odor that burns the nose lining, throats and even lungs.
Petropedia explains Muriatic Acid
Muriatic acid is formed from hydrogen chloride. In a number of processes, hydrogen chloride is dissolved in water to prepare Muriatic or Hydrochloric acid. It has various home and commercial uses, including the following:
- It is used as a food additive.
- It is used in descaling.
- It is used in gelatin production.
- It is used in diluted form for household cleaning.
- It is used in producing inorganic chemical compounds.
- It is used for the regeneration of ion exchange resins.
- It is used in the purification of salt.
- It is used in the processing of leather.
The concentrated Muriatic Acid forms acidic mists that have corrosive effects on the human tissues and a potential to damage skin, eyes, intestines and even the respiratory system.