Molecular formula: ALK(SO4)2 12H2O
Potassium Aluminium Sulphate (Alum)- supplied in doypack pouch with grip and heat seal
Alum is commonly used as an important part of many products created by the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries because of its astringency property; it is also used in paper, glues and explosives.
Potassium aluminium sulphate use in printing, fabrics, dyeing, manufacturing of paper, vegetable glue, baking powder, purifying water, clarifying sugar, electrolytic copper plating; as catalyst in the synthesis of ammonia; as mordant in staining with carmine, eosine, hematoxylin; clarifier (as alumina cream); identifying coloring matters; and hardening agent in microscopy.
Flocculation is the process where large particles known as colloids come out of suspension in the form of flocs, flakes or clusters. Aluminum potassium sulfate is considered a flocculant, and water-purification processes commonly add this compound to raw water causing colloids and other suspended particles to stick together and form heavier particles. The water purification process then removes these heavier particles through sedimentation or filtration. This flocculation process helps remove contaminants such as fine solid pollutants or microscopic molecules from water since you cannot remove many of these particles through filtration alone.
Aluminum potassium sulfate also has a wide range of uses in medicine. Many vaccines, including hepatitis A, hepatitis B and DTaP, contain this compound to help your body develop a stronger immunological response to the vaccine. You can also apply aluminum potassium sulfate to cuts to prevent or treat infection. Herbal doctors also commonly recommend this compound as a home remedy to treat canker sores. In traditional medicine, doctors use this compound both topically and internally.
Astringent and Antiseptic
Aluminum potassium sulfate is also an astringent that holds antiseptic properties. Because of this antiseptic quality, some manufacturers use this compound in natural deodorants to inhibit the growth of the bacteria responsible for body odor. However, the use of this compound as a deodorant will not prevent perspiration. Additionally, some manufacturers use this compound in after-shave products to reduce bleeding in minor cuts and abrasions caused by the shaving process.
Aluminum potassium sulfate, or potash, is used in one form or another as a soil fertilizer because of its potassium content. When it’s used as a soil fertilizer, aluminum potassium sulfate is most often formulated as potassium sulfate. As a soil fertilizer, potassium sulfate from aluminum potassium sulfate is high in both potassium and sulfur, which plants utilize. However, aluminum potassium sulfate is far more versatile and not restricted to just soil fertilization.
Aluminum potassium sulfate can also function as a preservative to maintain fruit and vegetable crispness. Additionally, this compound has several veterinary applications, and pet owners commonly use aluminum potassium sulfate to treat bleeding associated with animal injuries caused by improper nail clipping. You can also find this compound in some brands of toothpaste or tooth powder. Further, this compound is used in films and papers as a hardener for photographic emulsions.
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