How Does the Neutralization Process Work?

The neutralization process happens when an acid and a base interact with each other, causing each of the compounds to lose some of their ions and as a result the remaining solution becomes neither an acid nor a base. The neutralization process generally produces salt or water as a result, depending on the solutions that were mixed.

When an acid and a base come together, they neutralize and leave leftover ions. These ions do not affect the way that the acids and bases are neutralized. They are able to function on their own independently of the neutralization process that occurred. They become solvated from the solution and continue surviving as they were before the neutralization occurred.

During the neutralization process, salt and water will be created. It is most commonly referred to as water, but has the same elements of salt within it. To obtain the salt out of the neutralized solution, the water simply has to be evaporated. When the water is evaporated, the solution will be left with what is commonly known as table salt, or sodium chloride. Not all reactions cause table salt, but the term salt is defined as the ionic compound that is created through a neutralization process.