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Potassium Chloride, KCl

Potassium Chloride (KCl) is a metalhalide salt composed of potassium and chloride. It is odorless and has a white or colorless vitreous crystal apprearance. The solid dissolves readily in water and its solutions have a salt-like taste. Potassium Chloride (KCl) is used in medicine, scientific applications, and food processing. It occurs naturally as the mineral sylvite and in combination with sodium chloride as sylvinite.

Potassium Chloride (KCl) is also used for making fertilizer, since the growth of plants is limited by their potassium intake. It is used in water as a completion fluid in petroleum and natural gas operations, as well as being an alternative to sodium chloride in household water softener units.

Potassium Chloride (KCl) is used in some de-icing products that are designed to be safer for pets and plants, though these are inferior in melting quality to calcium chloride. Potassium Chloride (KCl) can be found in various brands of bottled water as well as in bulk quantities for fossil fuel drilling purposes.

Interesting fact - Potassium Chloride (KCl) was once used as a fire extinguishing agent, used in portable and wheeled fire extinguishers. Known as Super-K dry chemical, it was more effective than sodium bicarbonate based dry chemicals and was compatible with protein foam. This agent fell out of favor with the introduction of potassium bicarbonate (Purple-K) dry chemical in the late 1960s, which was much less corrosive and more effective. 

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