Science, Tech, Math › Science Basic Solution Definition (Chemistry) Chemistry Glossary Definition of Basic Solution Share Flipboard Email Print Soapy water is a good example of a common basic solution. Khatawut Chaemchamras / EyeEm / Getty Images Science Chemistry Chemical Laws Basics Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated October 21, 2019 A basic solution is an aqueous solution containing more OH-ions than H+ions. In other words, it is an aqueous solution with a pH greater than 7. Basic solutions contain ions, conduct electricity, turn red litmus paper blue, and feel slippery to the touch. Examples of common basic solutions include soap or detergent dissolved in water or solutions of sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, or sodium carbonate. Sources Whitten, Kenneth W.; Peck, Larry; Davis, Raymond E.; Lockwood, Lisa; Stanley, George G. (2009). Chemistry (9th ed.). ISBN 0-495-39163-8.Zumdahl, Steven; DeCoste, Donald (2013). Chemical Principles (7th ed.). Mary Finch.