So I tried to replace a dead triple-A alkaline battery in a waterproof compartment; it had leaked fluid + gas which had built up a bit of pressure: When opened, the material (about a dozen tiny droplets, total volume less than a pea) spattered on my hands, clothes and desk :-[
I am assuming that it was pretty concentrated KOH given that it felt slippery / turned the skin greyish before washing it off with plenty of water (no visible chemical burn or aftereffects several days later, though).
Is it good enough to wash the contaminated clothes in a regular washing machine? I did do an additional rinse cycle afterwards.
Will any droplets that I haven't been able to find become neutralized over time, or do I have to tear my study apart and wipe/hose everything down?
- Some documents state that KOH absorbs atmospheric water while others state that it reacts with atmospheric CO2 to form a stable carbonate - Surely it can't do both at the same time?
Sorry for the somewhat off-topic question, but it feels like all the MDS are quite unhelpful about how to remediate a spill beyond just 'wash skin with water, remove clothes'..