# Why is pH 7 neutral

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Why is pH 7 neutral

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pH is a measure of the amount of Hydrogen ions (H+) in a solution. Ions are just atoms that have an electric charge on them, so H+ is a hydrogen atom with charge of 1. Even in pure water ions tend to form due to random processes (producing some H+ and OH- ions). The amount of H+ that is made in pure water is about equal to a pH of 7. That's why 7 is neutral.