What Does Potash Mean?


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Potash is the compound of potassium. It is the common name for potassium carbonate (K2CO3). The name potash comes from two words "pot" and "ash" which refer to its discovery in the form of water-soluble white crystalline material from wood ash and the subsequent act of drying it in clay pots.

Potash is being used since a long time in the manufacture of soap, certain types of glass and also as a fertiliser. Potash is also used for making pigments, inks, and as a reagent in laboratories. Potassium silicate is used as a dehydrating agent. Potassium chloride or potassium oxide is used as a fertiliser while potassium hydroxide or caustic potash is used in the manufacture of soap and dyes. Potassium carbonate is a white granular powder used chiefly in the manufacture of glass, enamels and soap.

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