Question - Are alkalis dangerous?

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Just like concentrated acids, concentrated alkalis are corrosive. They can attack metals and destroy skin if spilled, so their containers are labelled with a warning symbol. Concentrated alkalis are just as dangerous as concentrated acids, sometimes more dangerous, but many people do not realise this. Substances with pH values less than seven are acids, while numbers higher than seven are alkaline. The higher or lower the number, the more acidic or basic a substance is and the more damage it can cause. Alkali burns are the most dangerous. NO, not all of the alkalis are dangerous. For example, soap is made with alkalis. A few examples of dangerous alkalis are bleach which can be harmful if it comes into contact with the human body and concentrated sodium hydroxide which is used to “melt” skin off bones to acquire a skeleton. That bitter taste can be a clue that something is an alkaline substance. The opposite of an alkali is an acid. Instead of a bitter taste, acids tend to have a sour taste. Any substance that has a pH higher than 7 is an alkali (or alkaline) substance, which is also called basic.

https://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/chemistry/acids-and-alkalis/revise-it/neutralisation

When an acid reacts with an alkali it produces a salt and water. This reaction is called neutralisation. The alkali has neutralised the acid by removing its H+ ions, and turning them into water.

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Anything less than 7 is acidic, anything greater than 7 is alkaline (or basic) and if it has a pH 7 then it's considered neutral! For example, Lemon Juice is acidic, water is neutral and toothpaste is alkaline.

https://www.quora.com/Is-soap-an-acid-or-base

It is itself alkaline, with a pH of around 9-10 though it isn't corrosive or caustic. Soaps are water-soluble sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids. Soaps are made from fats and oils, or their fatty acids, by treating them chemically with a strong alkali.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vinegar-acid-or-base

Summary Vinegar is mildly acidic with a pH of 2–3. Apple cider vinegar is slightly more alkaline than pure vinegar because it contains more alkaline nutrients. However, it's still acidic.

https://www.inclinedental.com/lemon-juice-good-bad-sour/

Lemon juice in its natural state is acidic with a pH of about 2, but once metabolized it actually becomes alkaline with a pH well above 7. So, outside the body, anyone can see that lemon juice is very acidic. However, once fully digested, its effect is proven to be alkalizing with many health benefits.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/pharmacology-toxicology-and-pharmaceutical-science/alkali

Alkalis have more severe corrosive effects on the esophagus (acids produce corrosive effects on the stomach). Severe esophageal damage can occur if the pH is lower than 11. However, with deliberate ingestion of large quantities, corrosive effects can be seen anywhere from the mouth to the small intestine.

http://www.thesciencesite.co.uk/chemistry/acids-and-alkalis/

Examples of common alkalis: caustic soda (sodium hydroxide): used to clean ovens and drains. washing soda (sodium carbonate) ammonia solution (often used in household cleaners) garden lime (calcium oxide): used to neutralise acid in the soil. indigestion powder (often magnesium hydroxide)

https://www.santevia.com/blog/top-alkaline-foods-and-drinks/

Top Alkaline Drinks Almond Milk. It may be called milk, but you won't find this delicious drink down the dairy aisle. Juice. While it may be true that you S houlda' had a V8, there may be some healthier ways to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. “Lemonade” Coconut Water. Herbal Tea. Alkaline Water. Spinach. Kale.

https://www.iloencyclopaedia.org/part-xviii-10978/guide-to-chemicals/item/1032-alkaline-materials

Alkalis are caustic substances which dissolve in water to form a solution with a pH substantially higher than 7. These include ammonia; ammonium hydroxide; calcium hydroxide and oxide; potassium; potassium hydroxide and carbonate; sodium; sodium carbonate, hydroxide, peroxide and silicates; and trisodium phosphate.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324653.php

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a base. This means that when people dissolve baking soda in water, it forms an alkaline solution. For example, a 0. 1 molar solution of baking soda has a pH of around 8. 3. Lemon juice contains citric acid and has a pH of around 3.

https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/chemical-eye-burns

Chemical Eye Burn Causes Most chemical eye injuries occur at work. Alkali burns are the most dangerous. Alkalis-chemicals that have a high pH-penetrate the surface of the eye and can cause severe injury to both the external structures like the cornea and the internal structures like the lens.

https://www.healthline.com/health/ph-of-drinking-water

Water with a very low or high pH can be a sign of chemical or heavy metal pollution. Water that doesn't fall in the “safe” pH range of 6. 5 to 8. 5, particularly if it's alkaline, isn't necessarily unsafe.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zyn3b9q/revision/2

Many bases are insoluble - they do not dissolve in water. However, if a base does dissolve in water, we also call it an alkali.