Today you will more than likely encounter upwards of 100 chemicals before you sit down for a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee. So, what does the average person in 2016 think when they hear the word, “chemical”? If your response was a mad scientist in a lab with bubbling beakers then this just might be the blog post for you. Chemicals are not nearly as far from everyday life than some might think. In fact, many products of chemistry are at arms reach and probably play an integral part of your everyday life. By definition, a chemical is not what one might perceive. Chemicals are a product by chemistry. Speaking from experience, chemistry can produce some pretty nifty things. Some would go as far as to say that those nifty things are a necessity. Now its time to dig into 5 chemicals used in everyday life. Most examples will include items that consist of combined forms of chemicals or reagents.
Mouthwash is a modern convenience that is believed to have came about in the 1800’s. Some historians say this came onto the scene even earlier in ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations. The spectrum of chemicals in mouthwash vary from product to product. Common ingredients of some mouthwash include chemical variations of hydrogen peroxide and flouride* (*please note that these chemicals should not be used as a mouthwash without the consent of a dental professional).
Sticking with the dental theme, we arrive at the incredible gift of toothpaste. Common ingredients found in toothpaste include calcium carbonate and sodium fluoride. After being properly mixed, toothpastes are primarily found in the form of gels and abrasive pastes. Toothpaste dates back to roughly 5,000 B.C. from ancient Egyptian culture. By 2020, some financial forecasts depict the toothpaste market growth to reach a value of $14 billion.
Soap is a critical part of the daily routines of humanity. Whether for use as body wash, hand washing, or the washing of clothes, it would be hard to argue that soap is anything but integral to most human civilizations. In fact,1/3 of the planet's soap usage occurs in the United State. Soap contains the chemical compound ester which comes from an acid. The soap is produced when the esters are hydrolyzed.
It sits on the dinner table at just about every American home: salt. Salt is an interesting product with a fascinating history. This fan favorite consists of sodium chloride and is used in more ways than one could hope to count. Most commonly used in the for cooking and preserving. Salt is most commonly produced using three different methods. These include solar evaporation, rock salt mining, and vacuum evaporation. For more info on these methods, check out this awesome article by our friends and customers at Morton’s Salt here.
Aspirin has been taking away aches and pains for centuries. With a plethora of uses ranging from the common cold to arthritis to toothaches and fever reducing, aspirin is the king of anti-inflammatory drugs. This wonder drug is derived from salicylic acid. To get an inside look at the fascinating history behind aspirin, check out this article we wrote here.