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Calcium Hydroxide (Slake Lime)


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Calcium Hydroxide traditionally called as Slake Lime, Hydrated lime, Slack lime or pickling lime. It is a free flowing fine powder available in different grades. It is produced from the slow addition of water to crushed or ground quick lime. It has varied uses in many industries.

Physical Proerties:

  • White free flowing powder
  • Density of 2.211 g/cm3, solid
  • Molecular Weight 74.09
  • Melts at 512°C (decomp.)

Chemical Properties :

  • Lime as Ca(OH)80-96%
  • Active CaO 60-73%
  • Acid Insolubles 3 – 0.1% max
  • MgO 1.25 – 0.5% max
  • Mesh between 200-400
  • Ferrous & Alumina in traces


Calcium Hydroxide has many and varied industrial applications. A few are listed below:



  • Used in food industry for processing water (for alcoholic and soft drinks)
  • Used in the separation of sugar from sugar cane in the sugar industry
  • Used as a flocculant, in water and sewage treatment and improvement of acid soils
  • Used as a ingredient in whitewash, mortar, and plaster



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