Sodium formate also known as formic acid, sodium salt or sodium hydrocarbon dioxide is the sodium salt of formic acid. It is a white, crystalline powder that is highly soluble in water. Sodium formate has a variety of industrial applications, including use as a de-icing agent for airport runways and as a buffering agent in the production of dyes and pharmaceuticals. It is also used as a feed additive in the animal nutrition industry. Additionally, it is used as a reducing agent in the production of printing and dyeing auxiliaries, as well as a bleaching agent in the pulp and paper industry.