Interesting Ways We Use Chemistry in Everyday Life

You may not realize how often you encounter products and services that utilize chemistry every day. Chemistry and the chemists that practice it are key resources to the pharmaceutical industry, food industry, and transportation industry. Here are some examples of the interesting ways we use chemistry in everyday life.

Pharmaceutical Drugs We Take

If you start the day by taking any pharmaceutical or over-the-counter drugs, you can thank chemistry for these medications. The pharmaceutical industry uses chemistry and chemical components to formulate these drugs. The chemical compounds that these drugs contain bind to the receptors in our bodies, which block transmitters and reduce the impact of pain and other symptoms.

Products We Use Daily

Besides pharmaceutical drugs and medications, there are many other everyday products we use that come from chemistry. Everything from toothpaste and cosmetics to mobile phones and laptops comes from chemical components and reactions during their manufacturing. Many chemical solvents keep products fresh and extend their shelf life, especially in the case of cosmetics and other toiletries.

Transportation Methods

You may not know that the automotive industry uses chemistry as well. Chemistry helps design both personal vehicles and public transport vehicles. Chemical components and reactions power these vehicles and influence gas mileage. The next time you hop in your car to go to work or take the bus, you can thank chemistry for the efficient transportation options.

The Food We Eat

Finally, some of the biggest daily applications of chemistry come from the food we eat. Chemists work in food manufacturing plants to test foods and make sure they meet FDA standards. Some of the most common chemical compounds used in food materials include coloring agents, preservatives, binders, stabilizers, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Each of these compounds makes our daily meals safe to eat, longer lasting, and better tasting.

These are some examples of the most interesting ways we use chemistry in everyday life. Now, you can share these daily chemistry fun facts with your friends and family the next time you pile into a vehicle, sit down for a meal, or visit the pharmacy.

By Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.