Asked Nov 18, 2019

What is the difference between spilling solid KOH on your skin, and spilling a solution of KOH in triethyleneglycol?


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Step 1

Hygroscopic substances are those substances which can readily attract molecules of water from their surroundings through the process absorption or adsorption.  

Step 2

Spilling KOH on hand can cause burns on the skin due to its hygroscopic nature as it reacts with moisture and therefore, high amount of energy is released in the form of heat. It is highly corrosive in nature and is extremely harmful for skin and eyes as well.

Step 3

When KOH comes in contact with the skin, it can cause burn to the skin depending on its strength ...

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