Sodium Chlorite: What is it (and is it Safe)?


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Many a time, we take the clean water that comes out of our taps for granted.

But if you’ve ever traveled to less developed parts of the world (like the Amazon, for example), you’ll realize not everyone has access to clean water.

And if you’re an adventurer seeking to travel to parts of the world that have dodgy water, then sodium chlorite must be part of your trip essentials.

What is Sodium Chlorite?

Sodium chlorite is a chemical compound with many industrial uses. One of them is the production of chlorine dioxide which is used to treat and disinfect drinking water. 

Does this mean sodium chlorite is safe?

Whether in a solid or solution state, sodium chlorite is dangerous. As a solid, it reacts violently when it comes into contact with basic items. In its solid state, sodium chlorite is too dangerous to store or transport. This is why it’s usually dissolved in water and stored as a solution. However, this is not to say the solution is completely safe to handle and use. Excess heat or friction can cause it to explode. And if it spills and dries up, it leaves behind an extremely flammable residue.

For safe storage, handling, and transportation, sodium chlorite solutions must only contain 25%-26% sodium chlorite. 

How Does Sodium Chlorite Help Purify Water?

I’m sure you’re asking yourself how such an explosive compound can be used to purify water. 

One of the most common ways of purifying and disinfecting water is to add chlorine dioxide to it. Chlorine dioxide dissolves readily in water and is considered more effective and desirable than chlorine when it comes to water purification. It’s also more effective than high-temperature flushing.

One reason chlorine dioxide is excellent at disinfecting water is that it inactivates microorganisms by interfering with their important metabolic enzymes or membrane proteins. 

In short, when chlorine dioxide is added to drinking water in accurate amounts, it destroys viruses, bacteria, and other types of parasites that can make people sick. This makes the water safe to drink. It also helps eliminate unpleasant smells and tastes from the water.

What does this have to do with sodium chlorite?

To get the chlorine dioxide that purifies your water, you need sodium chlorite. Combining it with hydrochloric acid produces chlorine dioxide.

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Sodium chlorite is used to produce chlorine dioxide. The latter is used to purify water.