Soda Ash Light
The largest single use of soda ash light throughout history has been the production of glass. Soda ash light commonly contributes about 12% – 15% of the weight of raw materials making up glass. Soda ash, with its low melting point and reactivity, acts as a flux for other ingredients, primarily silica and other oxides, allowing them to be melted at reasonable temperatures and to have a low enough viscosity to be easily handled and formed.
Soaps & Detergents
Approximately 11% of the soda ash light consumed in the US is used in the production of detergents, soaps and cleaning compounds. Soda ash light used primarily as a builder or filler in formulations of soaps, detergents and other cleaning compounds. In addition to these roles soda ash lightmay also add benefit as an agglomerating aid, a carrier for surfactants and as a source of alkalinity for pH adjustment.