# Why is water called the 'universal solvent?

Feb 21, 2017

Because most solutes have some solubility in water...........

#### Explanation:

Take some insoluble solutes, e.g. sulfur, metal phosphates, metal sulfides, all have some solubility in water. Commonly, we refer to a solute that has a solubility of less than $0.1 \cdot g$ per $100 \cdot m L$ of water, that's $\text{1000 ppm}$ or $1 \cdot g \cdot {L}^{-} 1$, as $\text{insoluble}$.

Feb 21, 2017

Water is a "universal solvent" as it dissolves more substance than any other liquid in the world.

#### Explanation:

This is why water is so important for sustaining life