Sodium carbonate is an inorganic intense alkaline compound with the formula Na2CO3. Sodium carbonate is also known as soda ash or Soda Crystals or washing soda.
Na2CO3 exists naturally and artificially. Ashes of trees grown in sodium-rich fields are excellent sources of Sodium carbonate. The natural method produces a limited amount; hence it is commonly produced through Synthetic processes including the Solvay process. To produce Sodium carbonate with the Solvay method, raw materials such as pure salt and limestone are necessary. All forms are white solid humidity absorbent powder.
Sodium carbonate has a varied range of applications in different industries, including cleaning and hygiene products, glass making and some cosmetics and personal care products.