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What is phosphoric acid used for?


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According to Orenda, phosphoric acid is most commonly used as a metal and mineral sequestering agent. Phosphoric or phosphonic acid is a phosphate-based substance that binds with metals and minerals to prevent oxidation and carbonation. It is added to drinking water to protect pipes from corrosion.

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Phosphoric acid is a weak acid with the chemical formula H3PO4. It is used by the body to make DNA and RNA, it is also used to make soap, cleaning products and toothpaste.

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