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What Is Calcium Chloride

Calcium ChlorideCalcium chloride, CaCl2, is a salt of calcium and chloride.

LIQUIDOW™ calcium chloride is a liquid solution form of calcium chloride. It is available in concentrations ranging from 28 to 42%. Calcium chloride is one of the most versatile of all of the basic elements. The properties and characteristics of calcium chloride make it useful in a large number of applications ranging from food preservation to ice and dust control on roads.

Calcium chloride is hygroscopic, which means is absorbs moisture from the air. It will absorb moisture until an equilibrium is reached between the vapor pressure of the solution and that of the air. Calcium chloride retains the moisture it absorbs for long periods of time, which is why calcium chloride works so well for dust control.

Dry calcium chloride releases heat as it reacts with moisture. It melts ice at much lower temperatures than rock salt (sodium chloride). Thus, calcium chloride is also very useful in the ice melting process in all ranges of winter conditions even harsh, negative temperatures.

Where does it come from?

Calcium chloride can be produced by reacting acid with limestone or as a by-product of the Solvay chemical process. However, our calcium chloride comes from purification of a naturally-occurring, underground brine. We receive our calcium chloride from Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem), the world’s largest producer of calcium chloride. OxyChem’s manufacturing facility is located in Ludington, Michigan.

Calcium chloride is an all-natural product. In fact, you eat it.

As a preservative, food grade calcium chloride is found in a variety of snacks, beverages, sports drinks and specialty items. Calcium chloride prevents food spoilage, but also provides the essential mineral calcium, increasing the nutritional quality of the product.

Some examples include: