Have you ever
observed the oily material which is used to clean your house? Do you know what
it is? It is a chemical named as Phenol.
Phenol is a carbolic
acid of an organic compound. It is a necessary ingredient for preparing
variety of phenol products. The molecular formula of phenol is C6H5
OH, it is a weak acid. It is a volatile, white crystalline powder.
It is a colorless
solution, but changes into red in the presence of dust.
It irritates when
exposed on human skin. It is widely used for industrial purposes.
Phenol itself is
used (in low concentrations) in mouthwash and as a disinfectant in household
cleaners. Phenol used as surgical antiseptic since it kills micro organisms.