# How does CaO react with NaOH? [closed]

$\ce{CaO}$ being a basic oxide should not react with $\ce{NaOH}$. Then how come decarboxylation takes place using soda lime? I am confused.

The decarboxylation using soda lime does not involve any reaction between $\ce{NaOH}$ and $\ce{CaO}$.
It is in fact the $\ce{NaOH}$ which reacts with the carboxylic acid to form the alkane, alongwith the formation of $\ce{Na_2CO_3}$.
$\ce{CaO}$ is simply used to make the reagent easier to handle. $\ce{NaOH}$ is highly hygroscopic and easily forms a concentrated sodium hydroxide solution when exposed to air. Sodalime does not absorb moisture that easily.