# Sodium Sulfate or Sodium Peroxysulfate? [closed]

In an attempt to clean drain cleaner, I reacted it with Sodium percarbonate to clean up some hardware store variety sulphuric acid.

At first the reaction appeared successful, yielding a Nice Clear Syrupy sulfuric acid with a heavy crystallization at the bottom of the flask, but I don't think the salt that I collected is sodium sulfate.

The crystals are very long resembling fiberglass and based on images I've seen online, sodium sulfate's structure seems to be a lot like sodium chloride.

I'm not sure of the conjugate base formed during the reaction ($$\ce{SO4-, SO5- or HSO4-}$$) can anyone explain?

EDIT

I've since learned that when basic sodium is reacted with $$\ce{H2SO4}$$ in a ratio favoring $$\ce{H2SO4}$$, the conjugate base produced is $$\ce{HSO4-}$$

• RE: "I thought to use Sodium percarbonate to clean up.." Do you mean that you used sodium sulfate? – MaxW Nov 4 '18 at 18:57
• @MaxW , Νο, Ι meant exactly what I said. I reacted Sodium Percarbonate with an excess of Sulfuric Acid to yield Sodium Sulfate and Caro's Acid (which I believe eventually becomes H2SO4), but the collected salt doesn't resemble sodium sulfate. It actually looks like if I crushed it, it'd be like monosodium glutamate. – user14828 Nov 5 '18 at 0:43

• $\ce{SO3-}$?, because the way you phrased it, you look like you're talking about sulfur trioxide and not the sulfite ion. Percarbonate doesn't explode in your face unless you react it all together suddenly, like a dimwit. – user14828 Feb 24 at 8:18