Sodium Carbonate as Neutralizer

Submitted by - on 4/13/05 at 12:37 PM. ( )

With a pH of 11 it's just what I'm looking for.

I don't have to use nearly as much as if I used sodium BIcarbonate (baking soda).

Is it possible to use this as a neutralizer, or is it too harsh?

Also, if I use this as my neutralizer, is it safe to add to a vat full of skins pickled in strong acid, pH 1?

Does this stuff react badly with any common degreasers, pickling enzymes, pre-tanning agents, bleaches, fur dyes, etc.? to form harmful gases? (such as ammonia or chlorine.)

I don't want any explosions or poison clouds here... just trying to be safe!

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