# Is KOH an acid or base?

Jul 4, 2016

Potassium hydroxide is certainly a base.

#### Explanation:

Caustic potash, so-called because it was extracted from ash residue of fires, is certainly a base. Its aqueous solutions are strongly alkaline:

$K O H \left(s\right) \rightarrow {K}^{+} + H {O}^{-}$.

Jul 4, 2016

$K O H$ is a base.

#### Explanation:

$K O H$ is a base.

The $O {H}^{-}$ Hydroxide ion is typically part of a base.

in an Acid and Base Neutralization the Acid donates a ${H}^{+}$ Hydrogen ion and the Base donates $O {H}^{-}$ Hydroxide ion.