# Pounds to Milliliters Conversion Calculator

Enter the weight in pounds below to calculate the volume in milliliters.

## Result in Milliliters:

1 lb = 453.59237 mL

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## How to Convert Pounds to Milliliters

Since pounds are a unit of mass and milliliters are a unit of volume, which are different physical quantities, we need to know one more physical quantity of the ingredient or substance to convert between them. In this case, we need to account for the density of the substance whenever we do a conversion.

Therefore, to convert between pounds and milliliters of an ingredient or substance, we must either multiply or divide by its density, depending on which direction we are performing the conversion.

### Pounds to Milliliters Formula

To convert a measurement in pounds to milliliters, divide the weight by the density of the ingredient or material. Note that in order for this to work, the density must be in pounds per milliliter (lb/mL).

If the density is given in grams per milliliter (g/mL), then first divide 453.5924 by the density to convert to lb/mL.

For a density given in g/mL, you can use this simple formula to convert:

milliliters = pounds × 453.5924 / density

Thus, the volume in milliliters is equal to the weight in pounds times 453.5924 divided by the density of the ingredient, substance, or material.

For example, here's how to convert 5 pounds to milliliters for an ingredient with a density of 0.7 g/mL.
milliliters = 5 lb × 453.5924 / 0.7 g/mL = 3,239.946 mL

## When to Convert Pounds to Milliliters

Pounds and milliliters are both commonly used to measure cooking ingredients.

For cooking applications, most chefs suggest measuring dry ingredients by weight rather than volume to improve accuracy in the measurements.[1] The density of dry ingredients can vary for a variety of reasons, such as compaction and clumping.

The best way to ensure an accurate conversion is to use a scale. When a scale is not available, a calculator like the one above is a good way to estimate the weight to volume conversion.

Another useful application of weight and volume conversions is chemistry. When performing chemical reactions by combining separate chemicals to produce a new chemical, one must know the exact amount of each chemical to add in order to maximize the yield of the reaction.

It is common to mix powdered chemicals with liquid, or aqueous, chemicals, and this is where it becomes very useful to convert between weights and volumes.[2]

A third application of weight and volume conversions is when shipping freight when calculating the volumetric weight for cargo and packages. Trucks, ships, and airplanes are limited in the amount of weight or volume they can transport, so if one of those quantities is known, but the limitation is on the other, then it becomes necessary to convert between the two so as not to overload the shipping vehicle.

## How Many Milliliters Are in a Pound?

The actual volume of a pound will vary depending on the density of the material. The table below shows how many milliliters of various wet and dry ingredients are in a pound.

Pound measurements converted to milliliters for commonly used cooking and baking ingredients.
Weight in Pounds: Volume in Milliliters of:
Water Milk Cooking Oil All Purpose Flour Granulated Sugar
1 lb 453.59 mL 440.38 mL 515.45 mL 857.45 mL 536.57 mL
2 lb 907.18 mL 880.76 mL 1,031 mL 1,715 mL 1,073 mL
3 lb 1,361 mL 1,321 mL 1,546 mL 2,572 mL 1,610 mL
4 lb 1,814 mL 1,762 mL 2,062 mL 3,430 mL 2,146 mL
5 lb 2,268 mL 2,202 mL 2,577 mL 4,287 mL 2,683 mL
6 lb 2,722 mL 2,642 mL 3,093 mL 5,145 mL 3,219 mL
7 lb 3,175 mL 3,083 mL 3,608 mL 6,002 mL 3,756 mL
8 lb 3,629 mL 3,523 mL 4,124 mL 6,860 mL 4,293 mL
9 lb 4,082 mL 3,963 mL 4,639 mL 7,717 mL 4,829 mL
10 lb 4,536 mL 4,404 mL 5,154 mL 8,575 mL 5,366 mL
11 lb 4,990 mL 4,844 mL 5,670 mL 9,432 mL 5,902 mL
12 lb 5,443 mL 5,285 mL 6,185 mL 10,289 mL 6,439 mL
13 lb 5,897 mL 5,725 mL 6,701 mL 11,147 mL 6,975 mL
14 lb 6,350 mL 6,165 mL 7,216 mL 12,004 mL 7,512 mL
15 lb 6,804 mL 6,606 mL 7,732 mL 12,862 mL 8,049 mL
16 lb 7,257 mL 7,046 mL 8,247 mL 13,719 mL 8,585 mL
17 lb 7,711 mL 7,486 mL 8,763 mL 14,577 mL 9,122 mL
18 lb 8,165 mL 7,927 mL 9,278 mL 15,434 mL 9,658 mL
19 lb 8,618 mL 8,367 mL 9,793 mL 16,292 mL 10,195 mL
20 lb 9,072 mL 8,808 mL 10,309 mL 17,149 mL 10,731 mL
21 lb 9,525 mL 9,248 mL 10,824 mL 18,007 mL 11,268 mL
22 lb 9,979 mL 9,688 mL 11,340 mL 18,864 mL 11,805 mL
23 lb 10,433 mL 10,129 mL 11,855 mL 19,721 mL 12,341 mL
24 lb 10,886 mL 10,569 mL 12,371 mL 20,579 mL 12,878 mL
25 lb 11,340 mL 11,010 mL 12,886 mL 21,436 mL 13,414 mL
26 lb 11,793 mL 11,450 mL 13,402 mL 22,294 mL 13,951 mL
27 lb 12,247 mL 11,890 mL 13,917 mL 23,151 mL 14,487 mL
28 lb 12,701 mL 12,331 mL 14,432 mL 24,009 mL 15,024 mL
29 lb 13,154 mL 12,771 mL 14,948 mL 24,866 mL 15,561 mL
30 lb 13,608 mL 13,211 mL 15,463 mL 25,724 mL 16,097 mL
31 lb 14,061 mL 13,652 mL 15,979 mL 26,581 mL 16,634 mL
32 lb 14,515 mL 14,092 mL 16,494 mL 27,438 mL 17,170 mL
33 lb 14,969 mL 14,533 mL 17,010 mL 28,296 mL 17,707 mL
34 lb 15,422 mL 14,973 mL 17,525 mL 29,153 mL 18,243 mL
35 lb 15,876 mL 15,413 mL 18,041 mL 30,011 mL 18,780 mL
36 lb 16,329 mL 15,854 mL 18,556 mL 30,868 mL 19,317 mL
37 lb 16,783 mL 16,294 mL 19,071 mL 31,726 mL 19,853 mL
38 lb 17,237 mL 16,734 mL 19,587 mL 32,583 mL 20,390 mL
39 lb 17,690 mL 17,175 mL 20,102 mL 33,441 mL 20,926 mL
40 lb 18,144 mL 17,615 mL 20,618 mL 34,298 mL 21,463 mL

## What Is a Pound?

Pounds are a widely used unit of weight in the United States. The National Bureau of Standards approved the international definition of the pound for use in the United States in 1959 after an agreement between six nations referred to as the International Yard and Pound Agreement.[3]

One pound is equal to 16 ounces, or 0.45359237 kilograms. In the avoirdupois or apothecaries' systems, one pound is equal to 7,000 grains.[4]

The pound is a US customary and imperial unit of mass. A pound is sometimes also referred to as a common ounce. Pounds can be abbreviated as lb (plural lbs), and are also sometimes abbreviated as lbm or #. For example, 1 pound can be written as 1 lb, 1 lbm, or 1 #, and 2 pounds can be written as 2 lbs.

A pound is frequently referred to as a unit of weight. While technically, a pound is a measure of mass, and weight is actually a measure of force, the two are equivalent as long as we are performing our calculations on Earth.

For example, an object with a mass of 1 pound weighs 1 pound on Earth, but only weighs one-sixth of that on the moon, yet still has the same mass.

## What Is a Milliliter?

The milliliter is a unit of volume equal to 1 cubic centimeter, 1/1,000 of a liter, or about 0.061 cubic inches.[5]

The milliliter is an SI unit of volume in the metric system. In the metric system, "milli" is the prefix for thousandths, or 10-3. A milliliter is sometimes also referred to as a millilitre. Milliliters can be abbreviated as mL, and are also sometimes abbreviated as ml or mℓ. For example, 1 milliliter can be written as 1 mL, 1 ml, or 1 mℓ.

Since one milliliter is equivalent to one cubic centimeter, milliliters are sometimes expressed using the abbreviation for a cubic centimeter (cc) for things such as medical dosages or engine displacements.

## References

1. National Institute of Standards & Technology, Culinary Measurement Tips, https://www.nist.gov/pml/owm/culinary-measurement-tips
2. CK-12 Foundation, Introductory Chemistry (CK-12) - 12.6: Mass-Volume Stoichiometry, https://chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Introductory_Chemistry/Introductory_Chemistry_(CK-12)/12%3A_Stoichiometry/12.06%3A_Mass-Volume_Stoichiometry
3. National Bureau of Standards, Refinement of Values for the Yard and Pound, U.S. Department of Commerce, July 1, 1959, https://www.nist.gov/system/files/documents/2017/05/09/frn-59-5442-1959.pdf
4. Encyclopædia Britannica, Avoirdupois weight, https://www.britannica.com/science/avoirdupois-weight
5. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Specifications, Tolerances, and Other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices, Handbook 44 - 2019 Edition, https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/hb/2019/NIST.HB.44-2019.pdf