MAG was once thought to be a safe and powerful ice melting solution. However, today there is much scientific information and evidence on the concrete damaging effects of magnesium chloride. While deicing salts containing sodium, potassium and calcium are chemically innocuous to concrete, this is not true of magnesium.
Similarly, is magnesium chloride the same as Epsom salts?
Magnesium Salts (technically called Magnesium Chloride), is the compound you find in all Magnesium supplements and it has a different molecular structure than Epsom Salts. The molecular structure of Magnesium Chloride is much more easily absorbed into the body than that of Epsom Salt.
Is MgCl2 an acid or base or salt?
MgCl2 is a generally considered to be a neutral salt. This compound can be formed from the reaction of Mg(OH)2 (a strong base) and HCl (a strong acid). Salt formed by combining strong acid and weak base are acidic in nature. MgCl2 is prepared by weak base Mg(OH)2 and HCl, Thus it is slightly acidic in nature.
Is magnesium chloride bad for the environment?
Magnesium chloride deicer may offer net environmental benefits if its use leads to a reduction in the quantity of salt and sand applied to roadways. The environmental safety of magnesium chloride deicer depends, however, on low concentrations of contaminants and avoidance of rust inhibitors containing phosphorus.