What Is the Maximum Solubility of Salt in Water?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 4:41:54 AM ET

The maximum solubility of table salt (sodium chloride) in water at 20 degrees Celsius is 35.7 grams per 100 milliliters of water. The solubility of most solids increases as the temperature rises and decreases as the temperature lowers.

Solubility describes how well a solid substance can be dissolved into liquid. The solid being dissolved is called the solute, while the liquid it is being dissolved into is called the solvent. Water is one of the best solvents due to how many substances it can dissolve and how much it can dissolve. The maximum solubility is the amount of a solid at a specific temperature that can be dissolved in a certain amount of liquid. After this point, any solid added will remain solid.