Questions regarding chemical and lab safety. This includes questions about proper lab procedure, safe chemical handling, and such.

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Removing cleaning fumes [on hold]

for the past few weeks I've been suffering a headache and smelling a strong stinging smell (like spilt old perfume) it started after cleaning my bedroom carpet is there a way to clear the air of the ...
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Safely storing hydrogen

I have built a solar panel which is used to add electrodes to $\ce{H2O}$ and $\ce{NaCl}$, evolving $\ce{H2}$ and $\ce{O2}$. How can I safely store the hydrogen in the long-term?
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Spreading of Chemicals (chemistry lab) [closed]

Is it possible to spread a chemicals or the danger of a chemical if the chemical has dried up? For example if I in a lab have gotten a certain chemical on my lab paper but the chemical has dried up ...
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Is there any reason to fear personal exposure to rain with a pH of 3.1?

Where I live now there can be significantly acidic rain. The government posts measurements for many cities and there can be stretches for days or longer with reported pH of 3.2 or 3.1. I even saw 2.9 ...
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Supermarket HDPE plastic bags safety

Supermarket plastic bags are made of high density polyethylene, and I am interested in the decomposition products at high temperature: what type of compounds are released and how dangerous are they? I ...
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Endothermic Reaction with Specific Details

I need some information for a book I'm writing. Let's say you're in a confined space, about 8 feet by 8 feet. The area is being heated externally slowly (a few degrees a minute) to about 3,100 ...
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Toxic levels of baking soda

What is the amount of baking soda that would be considered toxic for skin? I ask because there is a lot of misinformation online about using baking soda as a "natural" underarm deodorant, and how it ...
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What liquid other than water that is safe to put on your skin will provide the most evaporative cooling?

Suppose that you are in some extremely hot and humid place where your sweat just doesn't evaporate well enough to cool you down. You can then consider putting a liquid other than water on your skin, ...
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Hydrogen peroxide “cleaner” - How long will it increase inflammability in moist fabric

I treated a moist carpet in a car with an anti fungal liquid containing 1/5 hydrogen peroxide, the back of the bottle warns of flammability-enhancement. I'd like to dry the carpet (in the car, as ...
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Liquid-liquid caffeine extraction

I am performing a lab experiment in which I am extracting crude caffeine from different samples of tea. I have read a couple of similar experiments in which methylene chloride has been used to extract ...
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An explosion in a custard factory

I have a vague memory of a question on the BBC panel game QI which started with a long chemical reaction equation on the screen, asking what it might be. The answer was definitely "an explosion in a ...
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Safety regarding multiple metals in same acid solution

My son is testing the corrosion of metals in various solutions. Is it okay to place strips of multiple metals in the same container of a specific solution? Metals being tested: $\ce{Fe}$, $\ce{Cu}$, ...
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How do people know HCN smells like almonds?

I was told by my chemistry teacher that $\ce{HCN}$ smells like almonds. She then went on to tell a story about how some of her students tried to play a prank on her by pouring almond extract down the ...
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Mixing bleach and ammonia?

I know that the two should not be mixed, but i want to know that if the two become mixed in a contained unit, does it build pressure? Or can you seal the container safely untill it can be disposed of ...
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What happens in the NH4Cr2O7 with HgSCN reaction?

Apparently this video is a reaction of $\ce{NH4Cr2O7}$ with $\ce{HgSCN}$. The title of the video suggests the reaction opens a portal to hell, but I am pretty sure that is not the case. What ...
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Oxidizers Cabinet

I am currently reorganizing the chemical inventory in our lab and grouped all the oxidizers together. Would it be safe to put the following chemicals together in the fume hood cabinet? I have checked ...
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Where to store Sodium Azide?

I have about 100g of Sodium azide and would like to store it properly. Any suggestions as to where? I though of storing it in a locked vault but there are chemicals such as Arsenic sulfide, aniline, ...
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Testing for ammonia by smelling it?

My chemistry teacher taught us that one of the ways to see if we had produced ammonia gas in a reaction was if it released a pungent smell (Even BBC supported that here! ...
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Is 98%+ purity Reagent Grade Ca-EDTA powder as safe to use as USP Grade in the body? [closed]

Is $98\%+$ purity reagent grade $\ce{Ca}$-EDTA powder as safe to use as USP grade in the body? Or, does the reagent grade have unsafe impurities that USP grade would not have even though they are the ...
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Can dry ice explode?

Can dry ice be used as a explosive chemical? I am intrigued by this chemical dry ice and seen various experiments with it, and seems to have potential to be a explosive. So can dry ice explode?
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Is exposure to amyloid beta proteins dangerous?

Recently, I began working in a lab in which our main area of study is Aβ peptides. My concern is whether or not exposure to high levels of Aβ proteins is hazardous. I suspect that the peptides cannot ...
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Hydroxide storage

I am figuring out what chemicals to store with Ammonium hydroxide. At the moment a 2-shelf corrosive resistant fume hood cabinet will be used. I have in mind storing the Ammonium hydroxide with ...
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Are there IP limitations on (M)SDS documents?

Much effort is put in putting together (M)SDS documents: Many companies offer the service of collecting, or writing and revising, data sheets to ensure they are up to date and available for ...
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Need help identifying product of mixture of citric acid, NaCl, Cu, Al, H2O2, and unknown photoresist

When etching circuit boards, a somewhat commonly used substitute for (expensive and messy) ferric chloride is a mixture of an acid, a source of chloride ions, and hydrogen peroxide. If I understand ...
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What's the composition of gun smoke and is it dangerous?

Background I've been conducting an informal (i.e. mental) risk assessment of visiting gun ranges. There are a couple of obvious sources of hazard: Injury by bullet Hearing loss Hot casings flying ...
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What are the specific dangers associated with Grignard reagents?

I would like to know if anyone has had any specific safety-related problems with Grignard reagents. I have taught the year-long introductory Organic Chemistry sequence for about 15 years and have ...
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Method to synthesize KAu(CN)2 (or KCN)?

Every reasonably effective method of electroplating $\ce{Au}$ onto another metal's surface (e.g. $\ce{Cu}$,$\ce{Ni}$,$\ce{Ag}$, etc.) involves use of $\ce{KAu(CN)2}$ or in some cases $\ce{KAu(CN)4}$ ...
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How dangerous are non-soluble trivalent thallium compounds?

I am PhD student in solid state physics. I have been working with a fine powder of a transition metal oxide containing trivalent thallium. The oxide is not soluble in water. In my university, ...
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Can I use lye as a cooking leavener instead of baking soda?

I asked this question on the cooking site, but got unsatisfactory answers: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/65520/can-i-use-lye-as-a-leavener-instead-of-baking-soda I'm interested to try to ...
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Controled burn colored fire and safety

I am a martial artist who uses fire weapons in my shows. I am wondering how I can get the flames to be different colors. I've done some research about it, and have found that the salts of some ...
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Is Tollen's test safe?

Tollen's test is an important test to distinguish between aldehyde and ketone. $$\ce{2 [Ag(NH3)2]+ + RCHO + H2O → 2 Ag(s) + 4 NH3 + RCO2H + 2 H+}$$ But is this reaction safe? Is there any threat in ...
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To what degree an N99 active coal filter can protect against products of burning paraffin oil?

I sometimes do firedance and a part of it is waving a stick with burning endings made of kevlar soaked in paraffin oil. I started to be a bit concerned about how healthy is it to inhale lot of ...
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Can you tell me which one of these substances are highly or easily flammable? [closed]

List is next: ethylene glycol (EG), diethylene glycol (DEG), triethy-lenglycol (TEG) basicly liquids from polyol groups, I know alcohols are flammable but what about polyols? and how easily
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Do polycarbonate and/or polyurethane have latex?

I have a severe latex allergy which hinders my health every day via hives, inflammation, and breathing trouble. I am trying to find a cell phone that is not going to cause anaphylaxis or other ...
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Is mixing ammonia and bleach spray in the same parcel of air considerably dangerous to health?

I've read a few articles advising not to mix bleach and ammonia in the same room because it makes chloramine gas. But my boyfriend and I are having an argument - he thinks that since those articles ...
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Is there an easy way to make PVC from PVA?

Say, I took Elmer's glue (or a similar Polyvinyl Acetate) and I inserted some Chlorine Tabs and warm it up while stirring. Would the electronegative Chlorine turn some of it it into Polyvinyl ...
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Why do we have to wear Lab coat when we go inside chemistry lab?

Well at first it seems kind of awkward but let me tell you what I was thinking from past few days. Currently I am studying and go to school. In school, whenever we have to go inside a chemistry lab ...
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Can we modify plastic to cool things?

I have very little chemistry background and I have a project that I'm working on about smart plastics. My question is: Can you chemically modify plastics so that you can make it into a regular ...
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Is PVC membrane roofing safe from a health perspective?

I'm interested only in the use aspect(for example, living on the last floor where PVC roof is used), not the production or utilization aspects. There are two opposite opinions about this question. ...
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Obtaining magnesium oxide from magnesium hydroxide

What's the simplest and safest DIY way to obtain magnesium hydroxide to magnesium oxide?
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Brewing tea with deionized water

I am wondering what efect brewing tea (let us assume for the sake of simplicity it is green tea, brewed at about 80 °C) in deionized water might have on the product. Will the lack of ions in the ...
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Cleaning up a sulfuric acid mess

This morning a workman came by to my newly rented property to fix a few things, among which a slightly blocked bathtub drain. He let some mild water run continuously and he poured down a chemical, ...
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Simple practical, non-toxic, non-flammable reaction for slow release of CO2

Someone I know (not me) has recently had problems with bed bugs. I have advised him his best bet is to (1) Buy a kick-ass steam cleaner and nuke the brutes from orbit, (2) get a professional pest ...
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Is a polycarbonate beer mug appropriate for serving alcohol?

Are polycarbonate & acrylic beer mug, whiskey glasses safe for serving alcohol? I mean does it leach or dissolve? What are the harmful effects in long run if any?
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Why is the sneaky method of smothering a grease fire more effective?

In this demonstration, a grease fire is temporarily extinguished if you put the cover on the pan, but reignites as soon as you take the cover off. However, if you slowly slide the cover across the ...
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how to store solvent in laboratory? [closed]

I am organising chemicals and solvents in laboratory... being less specific ( as it would a big list of chemicals to provide here in my questions)... I wanted to know... how can we arrange solvents in ...
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Need 28% acetic acid from 98% glacial acetic acid

i need to make a solution of a 28% acetic acid, what i get is 98% glacial acetic acid. If someone could please guide me to make this solution. I want to know the safety precautions i need to take ...
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Does milk drinking prevent long-term chemical poisoning?

I have hared some rumors that drinking milk helps chemical poisoning. I have done a bit research and some sources confirm that. Corrosive Poisons The best first aid is to dilute the poison ...
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Is there any explosion hazard with an enclosed graphite crucible melting silver?

the crucible volume is about 2 ounces. The final design of the crucible will be enclosed tightly except for a small .5mm diameter hole at the bottom and a 1mm diameter hole at the top through which ...
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What equipment to use to make liquid oxygen?

I'd like to do some experiments with liquid oxygen but as a first step I'll have to make some. Unfortunately I don't have any experience designing cryogenic experiments. I'm thinking I'll cool gaseous ...