Give three uses of Activated charcoal.

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jeew-m eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Activated carbon is the carbon that is treated with oxygen to give more porous structure and increasing the surface area of carbon. Carbon have the abilty to absorb impurities and toxins from the substances.

The uses of acticated carbon is given below.

  • Drinking water purification
  • purification of air
  • As medicine


The ability of activated carbon to absorb the impurities in water and air is considered in first two uses.

In medicine it is use to remove/filter toxines , purify blood disinfect wounds etc.

nancy167 | Student

1. Activated charcoal is used to treat skin ailments, diarrhoea, bad breath, constipation and body odour.

2. It can be used as a poultice to treat insect stings, mushroom poisoning, poison ivy, cholera, dysentery, bites and inflammation.

3. Activated charcoal is used in water filters, medicines that selectively remove toxins, and chemical purification processes.