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The most common alkali hydroxide is sodium hydroxide, which is readily available in most hardware stores in products such as a drain cleaners. Another common alkali hydroxide is potassium hydroxide. This is available as a solution used for cleaning terraces and other areas made out of wood.
All alkali hydroxides are corrosive, being strongly alkaline.
A typical school demonstration shows when a piece of an alkali metal is introduced to a bowl of water and a vigorous reaction begins. For example:
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