Elements and Compounds

What will happen when water is mixed with sodium hydroxide?

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09/16/2010

it makes a solution of sodium hydroxide, also called "caustic soda" or "lye"

in dissolving, heat is produced - a lot of heat.

always add sodium hydroxide to water --- NEVER water to sodium hydroxide (it can be explosive in mixing due to the heat)

It should also be noted that the water should always be COLD. Adding sodium hydroxide to hot water will increase the exothermic reaction and result in dangerous spattering.