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Hydrochloric Acid

First discovered during the industrial revolution, hydrochloric acid (HCL) has gone on to become a key fixture in the chemical industry, with wide-ranging applications across many industries and sectors.

We are a leading supplier and distributor of hydrochloric acid to the UK, providing solutions in a range of strengths and pack sizes.



Hydrochloric acid is used in the manufacture of fertilizers and dyes.

Cleaning Chemicals & Detergents

Hydrochloric acid is recommended as a cleaner — industrial strength hydrochloric acid is commonly used on masonry.

However, the acid can be used to clean any product that can withstand its effects.


This acid is used for refining ore in the production of tin and tantalum.

It also has application in the pickling of steel and the removal of rust or iron oxide scale from iron or steel before subsequent processing — this can include extrusion, rolling, galvanizing, and other techniques.

The acid also plays a number of roles in the building and construction industries.

This chemical is also commonly used for the removal of scale from boilers.

Hydrochloric acid is used in the production of organic compounds such as vinyl chloride and dichloroethane for PVC.

It is also used to neutralise water in swimming pools.


Airedale Chemical: your leading hydrochloric acid UK supplier & distributor

Holding the chemical formula HCL, hydrochloric acid is a multi-use, colourless-to-light-yellow, highly-corrosive aqueous solution with a pungent smell.

We fulfil hydrochloric acid orders of all strengths and sizes, from a 25L drum through to a bulk transfer, with speedy, reliable distribution across the UK. Enquire with our expert team today to discuss your needs.

Hydrochloric acid: a versatile, widely-applicable commodity chemical

Also commonly known as muriatic acid, hydrochloric acid is typically made by dissolving gaseous hydrogen chloride in water. From fertilisers and steel processing through to detergents and leather processing, this strong mineral acid has wide-ranging industrial roles.

Owing to its powerful nature, hydrochloric acid can be used for heavy-duty cleaning and removal of stubborn matter like rust. As well as being a pH regulator, it is often used as a chemical reagent in large-scale production of different types of chlorides and metals, as well as for the refinement of ore.

Hydrochloric acid is also used for hydrolysing starch and proteins in the preparation of various food products, as well as holding smaller-scale applications within the photography, textiles and rubber industries.

Hydrochloric acid’s uses in industry can include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Rust/oxidation removal
  • Processing steel
  • Ore extraction and refining
  • Production of pesticides, fertilisers and dyes
  • Chemical production for descaling agents, detergents and disinfectants
  • Production of other organic compounds, like vinyl chloride for PVC plastic
  • Sugar and gelatine processing
  • pH regulation in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries
  • For the production of pyrotechnics and batteries
  • Neutralising water in swimming pools
  • Municipal and industrial water treatment

Wondering where to buy hydrochloric acid in the UK?

Whatever your application, whatever your requirements, Airedale Chemical has the experience and capabilities to meet your needs.

From 10% to 28% to 36%, from a 25L drum right through to a 1000L IBC, we supply HCl in a range of strengths and volume. Thanks to our very own distribution fleet, rest assured that your hydrochloric acid will be with you securely and on time — wherever you are in the UK.

If you’re interested in more detailed product information, simply fill out a hydrochloric acid MSDS request below. For some bespoke advice from our expert team, get in touch through our website or phone +44 (0)1535 637 87.

Airedale Chemical: bulk hydrochloric acid suppliers and distributors in the UK.

CAS Number:
Other Names:
Muriatic acid, Spirits of salt, Hydronium chloride, Chlorhydric Acid
10%, 15%, 20%, 28%, 32%, 36%
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Available in the following sizes.

25L Drum

200L Drum

Bulk Transfer

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