A small-scale experiment which can be undertaken with reagents readily available around the house, while observing standard laboratory safety principles and practices

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Lysol and bleach

I mixed Lysol with bleach and observed that the container became very hot. What reaction occurs between Lysol and bleach, and could it be dangerous or explosive?
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Grapes in a Microwave - Experiment

I am considering attempting an experiment in which one puts two, almost severed, halves of a grape in a microwave with a glass over it. To my knowledge so far, the grape halves act as focal point for ...
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How to set up a home laboratory? [closed]

How would I set up a home lab at home. I want to study chemicals and I have been given a medium-sized(6ft by 3ft) space in the garage.
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Oxygen and Hydrogen [duplicate]

I wonder if two gases , Hydrogen and Oxygen (product of electrolysis, HHO) are placed in a glass jar and let it seat for a few hours, will they separate (Oxygen to the bottom and Hydrogen to the top) ...
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Is it possible to observe ATP energy transport in table experiment?

Is it possible to take AMP or ADP, then phosphorylate it convert to ATP to charge with energy, then transport to other place an then observe energy freeing? In table / home / school experiment?
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Is there safe chemicals for making voice pitch or bass?

I'm looking for safe experiment that can pitch and bass my voice.finally I find a video that do it but he said "not try in home,ok..?".Is there safe tool or chemicals for Manipulation of the larynx is ...
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Extracting urea from urine

What is a process for the extraction of urea from urine? These are the steps I have come up with: Add 2-propanol to get rid of any bacteria present. (The 2-propanol likely contained some sodium ...
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Can I split water without constant refill of solution?

I've looked all over the place to find a way for me to separate water without needing to put in salt. What I've found is you can separate water into hydrogen and oxygen through electrolysis (which ...
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Sulfuric acid from elemental sulfur and hydrogen peroxide

Will this reaction proceed under standard conditions? I don't really care if it is quite slow, as long as it takes less than a month to finish: $$\ce{S8(s) + 24 H2O2(aq) -> 8 H2SO4(aq) + 16 H2O(l)}...
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Removal of water from sulfuric acid

Suppose I have a dehydration reaction of methanol to produce methoxymethane: $$\ce{2 CH3OH(l) ->[H_2SO_4] C2H6O(g) + H2O(l)}$$ Usually, people will use sulfuric acid to dehydrate the methanol. ...
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Hydrogen sulfide and sodium carbonate reaction

What is formed in the reaction between hydrogen sulfide and aqueous sodium carbonate? My guesses are sodium sulfite and/or sodium hydrogen sulfite. However, the equations don't seem to balance ...
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Sodium permanganate from manganese dioxide and sodium hypochlorite

This page states that sodium permanganate can be formed by the reaction of manganese dioxide with sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide: $$\ce{2 MnO2 + 3 NaClO + 2 NaOH -> 2 NaMnO4 + 3 NaCl + ...
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Using acetone/water mixtures for insect preservation

I preserve insects in pure acetone, though I would like to render it less flammable, I know adding water to insects in acetone solution will precipitate out suspended fats, could someone tell me about ...
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Battery from copper, aluminum, etc

Could copper (from household wiring), aluminum (from a soda-pop can),, carbon (from wood charcoal), and crushed limestone be used to make a battery of sorts? Thanks, Misha
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Production of sulfuric acid using sulfur dioxide

Is it possible to create sulfuric acid using sulfur dioxide directly dissolved in water? Usually, people oxidize the $\ce{SO2}$ to sulfur trioxide ($\ce{SO3}$) first. If this is possible, why is it ...
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Removal of octadecanoic acid from paraffin wax

I have some very plain candles. I don't think they contain anything but paraffin wax and octadecanoic (stearic) acid, since they are odorless and very hard to bend, tending to crack instead (even at ...
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Homemade insecticide, is it safe or will a harmful chemical reaction occur? [closed]

I live just outside of Tucson Arizona and there are a lot of venomous spiders, scorpions and other potentially harmful critters. I have 2 retrievers, 2 cats and 4 turtles and would like to avoid ...
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How to measure saturated salinity and mineral levels for flaked sea salt?

I am a sea salt enthusiast looking to make the perfect flakey sea salt. I start with sea water and boil it down to a thick brine. Then with less heat I reduce the brine more slowly and inverted salt ...
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Salt crystal growing inside a mold inside a jar

I have recently found an experiment where you can grow a salt crystal on a jar. The experiment works like this: we take a jar, fill it with hot/warm water and start dissolving salt in it until it ...
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Copper acetate synthesis without hydrogen peroxide

Usually, when people synthesize copper acetate, they use a mixture of acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide. I assume this is because the acetic acid actually reacts with the various oxides on the copper, ...
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Can hydrogen gas reduce copper(II) ion?

I have a solution of copper(II) sulfate, and I would love to precipitate the copper metal. From looking at the standard reduction potential table, it appears that I can do this by bubbling hydrogen ...
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Composition of desiccant

Most types of desiccation packages use silica gel, but are there any that use calcium oxide instead? Here's my reasoning: Calcium oxide absorbs water, forming calcium hydroxide. Adding a (used) ...
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Grapefruit juice to extract herbs for tincture

I tried searching my question on google and did not find anything. I am looking to extract herbs with pure 100% grape juice http://www.lakewoodjuices.com/product_detail/id-32/ ( it is pasteurized ) ...
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Does grape juice change to vinegar?

If I add cooked grape juice to vinegar, does the juice undergo fermentation and also change to vinegar? Are there other conditions like exposure to air? How long would such a process roughly take?
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Experiment with magnesium-sulfur fertilizer

This fertilizer for is for soil and plant growth, and I was thinking of doing an experiment with it. The bag says it contains magnesium sulphate and water soluble sulphur trioxide. Is there anyway to ...
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Can ethyl acetate isolate cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon oil?

I recently watched a video on extracting cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon using dichloromethane as a solvent. I would like to attempt the process. However, I would prefer not to use haloalkanes because ...
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How to extract caffeine from coffee

To extract caffeine from coffee, I tried reacting it with baking soda to make tannins more soluble. I then put in salt to push caffeine out of solution. I saturated it with salt and then mixed the ...
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Neutralise the smell from ammonium sulfide

There are plenty of instructions online to create homemade stink bombs (that produce ammonium sulfide). I'm wondering if, having produced it, there is an experiment that will neutralise the ammonium ...
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Efficient oxidation of KCl to KClO3

I am trying to convert $\ce{KCl}$ to $\ce{KClO3}$ through an efficient process. I realize that I could electrolyze a solution of $\ce{KCl}$ to obtain some $\ce{KClO3}$ as a precipitate, however this ...
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Electroplating copper onto steel

I'm rather unfamiliar with chemistry but I want to electroplate steel with copper. From Wikipedia: The cations associate with the anions in the solution. These cations are reduced at the cathode ...
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Problem dissolving iron in HCl

I was trying to dissolve iron metal in HCl to make iron chloride, but ran into some problems. I'll give a brief background of my experiment. I took iron nails and put them in a container filled with ...
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The distinction between graphene supercapacitors and reduced graphite oxide supercapacitors

Looking at this study, Direct laser writing of micro-supercapacitors on hydrated graphite oxide films, a consumer laser cutter is used to synthesize reduced graphite oxide supercapacitors from ...
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Mate & Carbonated water reaction

I know that when adding carbonated water with Yerba Mate leaves there is a reaction that removes the carbonation. (Empirical results) I wonder what actually causes such reaction but looking in ...
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Cheap metal to replace platinum in hydrogen fuel cell

Platinum is used as a catalyst in hydrogen fuel cells because it increases the efficiency. However, if I just want to make a fuel cell for demonstration purposes, I don't want to use a lot of money to ...
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Is the variation in carbonation of soft drinks the variable that affects the effectiveness of the mentos reaction?

I went and bought a bottle of Fanta and some Mentos to replicate the famous youtube videos of the big fizzy reaction. The result was dismal, it weakly foamed up and dribbled over the edge. I tried ...
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Chromatography: Why does the insoluble compound get pulled along?

In paper chromatography, we see that a paper with an ink spot on it get dissolved in the liquid and travels up with water due to capillary action. Then the compounds with more affinity to the paper ...
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Separating Lipids from Milk

I am trying to develop a procedure to test the percent mass of lipids in (update: homogenized) milk. It doesn't need to be very accurate, just an interesting application of chemical principles. As I ...
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Most efficient way to purify household vinegar: distillation or freezing?

I am aware that there are better ways to purify acetic acid out of a water-acid mixture than these, but which one out of distillation (using heat) and fractional freezing (using cold) would gain a ...
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Removing aluminum “corrosion?”

I have some aluminum alloy, possibly 6063 or 7050 (no clue really) which has corroded. The finish might be silver-anodized but I doubt it due to the high polish, could be urethane. The item is a ...
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Problems with creating sodium hydroxide from sodium (hydrogen) carbonate

If sodium hydrogen carbonate (baking soda, $\ce{NaHCO3}$) is heated to greater than $50~\mathrm{^\circ C}$, it will release carbon dioxide and water to form sodium carbonate: $$\ce{2NaHCO3 -> ...
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Decomposition products of sodium acetate

I heated some sodium acetate to a high temperature (about 500 degrees celsius). Upon doing so, I could smell an irritating smell reminiscent of vinegar. I stopped then, assuming they were acetic acid ...
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Resolve carpet cleaner and iron oxide bleaching reaction

I was wondering if anyone would explain this chemical reaction: My wife dragged a steel file cabinet in the basement that was rusty across a section of carpet. Then she"cleaned" the dirty spot with ...
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Acrylic container and electrolysis

Normally when you do electrolysis, you would use a glass container. Would it be wise to use a acrylic container? I have one spare but not sure if this would affect the electrolysis process. Is there ...
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Etching ITO on PET without damage

I am planning to use some of this to construct a transparent touch panel for a prototype of mine. It is PET plastic coated in Indium Tin Oxide. My plan is as follows: Use some of this UV-cure dry ...
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Special effects: using non-toxic solutions to create colors

I'm looking for a non-toxic solution to create low budget special effects without using digital effects. An actor ($175\: \mathrm{cm}$ tall) could: wear a particular kind of clothing? be coated ...
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Gases produced by pyrolysis of cellulose

I heated cotton in a sealed container (with a small hole) over a natural gas flame. Some gases and smoke were produced. What would they probably be? I can come up with some guesses based on the ...
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Exothermic reaction between sodium carbonate and castile soap

The other day, I tried to mix liquid castile soap and washing soda (sodium carbonate) to use in doing laundry. I mixed equal parts liquid soap and sodium carbonate by weight. To my surprise, an ...
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How does salt help with −30 °C cold ice?

I know that ice gets colder when salt is added. But how big is the effect if it is already −30 °C? Can it cool it down more or does it just work with −1 °C cold ice? Another question: If I have a ...
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What would be a safe/good surfactant for ultrasonic cleaning vinyl records + distilled water and isopropyl alcohol

Title pretty much says it all besides the type of records I believe are pvc (60s - current, someone correct me if there may be other materials but I absolutely don't have any shellac records) and I ...
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Reaction between sodium carbonate and water

In this Wikipedia article, it mentions: As the concentration of sodium carbonate increases, it undergoes hydrolysis to form sodium hydroxide. $$\ce{Na2CO3 + H2O → 2NaOH + CO2}$$ Because this ...