How to Test for Sodium Acetate

by Sam Orr

Sodium acetate is a chemical compound that many people encounter daily without knowing; it has uses in diverse fields such as food flavoring, medicine, the rubber industry and beyond. It can also serve as material for simple at-home chemistry experiments and may one day find use as an insecticide.

Chemical Characteristics

Remove it from its heating source and move it to a plastic container, then cool the container by setting it in cold or ice water.

Wait 10 minutes then add the extra sodium acetate. If it is sodium acetate, it will quickly become hard like ice, but it will let off heat.


  • Sodium acetate is safe to use in food, because it requires large amounts to create minor irritation.

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About the Author

Sam Orr has been writing since 2006. Specializing in electronics, video games, music and home improvement, he writes for various online publications. Orr is studying physics at Ohio State University.