The following are some of the uses of bases:

  1. Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) is used to manufacture soaps and paper .
  2. Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO 3 ) is used as baking soda while baking cakes. It is used for cleaning purposes and in fire extinguishers
  3. Calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH) 2 ) is used in the manufacturing of cement
  4. Ammonia (NH 3 ) is used in fertilizers
  5. Magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH) 2 ) is used as an antacid to treat gastric acidity
  6. Sodium Fluoride (NaF) is a weak base present in toothpaste and kills bacteria in the mouth
  7. Bases are also used in labs to perform experiments and to analyse substances based on reactions.


  1. Class 10
  2. Chapter 2 Class 10 - Acids, Bases and Salts (Term 1)

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