Potassium Carbonate, also known as potash or pearl ash, form a strongly alkaline solution when dissolved in water.
Used a leavening agent to rise bread in baking and as a processing aid for cocoa beans, lower acidity during wine production, as buffering agent in marinades for meat, and acidity regulator in milk and cream powders. It is a main ingredient in Kansui, to improve texture and color.
It has long been used to soften hard water.
A potent liquid alkaline Lye water is made with Potassium Carbonate (42%) and Water (58%).