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Lactic Acid - Uses Of Lactic Acid

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Lactic acid is used as a humectant, or moisturizer, in some cosmetics and as a mordant, a chemical that helps fabrics accept dyes, in textiles. It is also used in making pickles and sauerkraut, foods for which a sour taste is desired. Lactic acid is used in the dairy industry not only in making yogurt but in making cheese as well. It is also used in tanning leather. Lactic acid is important in the pharmaceutical industry as a starting material for other substances and is involved in the manufacturing of lacquers and inks. A related compound that is made from lactic acid is calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate, which is used as a food preservative.



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—Combinations of acids, bases, and salts that neutralize changes in pH.


—A moisturizing agent, often used in cosmetics.


—Two molecules in which the number of atoms and the types of atoms are identical, but their arrangement in space is different, resulting in different chemical and physical properties.


—A chemical that helps fabrics accept dyes more readily.

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—Light that vibrates in a single plane, as opposed to ordinary light that vibrates in all planes.

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i would like to know, how can we extract lactic acid?

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over 9 years ago

You extract lactic acid from sour milk, its the liquid not the curdles bit.

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