Questions tagged [cleaning]

For questions about cleaning agents and methods used to remove dirt, stains, residues, and bad smells, including proper waste disposal. For particular questions about surfactants, use the [surfactants] tag.

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Yellow stains after cleaning silver

I've recently moved to a old house and found some stuff in the attic, along that I found some really beautiful silverware(??) that unfortunately was VERY tarnished, one of the pieces was totally black ...
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Why are acetic acid and sodium bicarbonate mixed to unblock a drain?

I have always wondered about the rationale behind combining white vinegar and sodium bicarbonate to perform household cleaning jobs, and to unblock drains. I would have expected white vinegar to act ...
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Isopropyl Alcohol Vs Acetone for Dissolving Organic Contaminants on PCB

Acetone is widely used in the labs as a solvent to clean the vials and tubes as it is good solvent for organic materials. While Isopropyl alcohol is used as a rubbing alcohol for cleaning contaminants ...
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What would be the best combination to clean polyurethane [closed]

I am struggling to find the best composition to clean old golf balls and make them white again. The balls are made out of different types of coating, e.g. polyurethane or an isomer. I have found ...
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Removing PTFE marks on glass bottles after using magnetic stir bars

I am using magnetic stir bars to agitate solutions for 4 weeks at a time. I have noticed at the bottom of the glass bottles that white marks have accumulated where the stir bar spins. Even with ...
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How to remove formaldehyde (smell) from clothes/jeans?

Bought several jeans, then to discover they have a really nauseating smell, that is not removed by washing. Reckon it's formaldehyde, from what I can read. Anyway, assuming you have jeans with ...
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Suitable safe cleaning solution for aliphatic urethane

I am looking for a suitable cleaning solution for a sprayed on coating that is an acrylic aliphatic urethane. My end goal would ideally be something that can neutralize rust, whiten and brighten the ...
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How to properly clean spilled battery content?

I was cleaning my wardrobe when I found some huge white-brown blots where there was a lot of batteries that I have use. I was keeping them for properly disposal but I forget to do that. I ...
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Aluminium foil on windows: what is the residue, and how to remove it?

I put aluminium foil on some windows' glass pane wetted with plain tap water, as a typical trick to stop sunlight. After 5 days, I removed the foil to find some kind of whitish pattern on the glass. ...
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Safely lowering bleach pH without chlorine gas?

According to Eurekalert, by lowering the pH of household bleach (e.g., by adding vinegar or citric acid), we can increase $\text{[HOCl]}$ and consequently greatly improve the disinfecting capabilities ...
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Chemicals to clean natural stones

I picked up some stones from a hiking trip. What can I use to thoroughly clean the mud and other hard deposits on the surface of the stones? I have only washed them with plain water.
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Is common cleaning borax an octahydrate or a decahydrate? [duplicate]

I just got some borax to clean up, whether it needs it or not (coronavirus shutdown is driving me crazy...) When I looked it up online, half the places called it a decahydrate and the other half said ...
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DIY hand sanitiser solution forms spongy substance

I am trying to make my own hand sanitiser since it’s sold out everywhere. The formula I use is 1 part aloe vera gel in 2 parts 100% isopropyl alcohol. The problem is when mixing the two, the solution ...
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what is the relationship of Salt, White Vinegar and Water to create 1 liter of Hypochlorous Acid [closed]

What is the relationship of Salt, White Vinegar, and Water to create 1 liter of Hypochlorous Acid (for disinfecting and cleaning purposes), and how much time do I have to put it under a 9v battery ...
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Cleaning with Vinegar - what surfaces does it react badly with? Metal window sills ok?

I'm cleaning up some mould around the home and I have some substance on my window sills which I'm not quite sure if it's dirt or mould. I have read about using Vinegar to clean up mould, but an ...
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Isopropyl alcohol to clean germs on countertops

My wife recently found some website recommending mixing 91% isopropyl alcohol, white vinegar, water, and corn starch and using it to wipe down countertops. This would be where we put our raw chicken ...
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Can baking soda or citric acid help clean a pot with burned-in milk rice?

The other day I was cooking milk rice and forgot about it so it burned a little on the bottom. This lower layer was very hard to clean. A lot of websites recommend boiling water in the pot with baking ...
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Why does saliva clean so well?

I notice that saliva seems to clean well, much better than plain water. For example, tar spots on the car can be difficult to get off. I typically use really powerful solvents to get them off, like 95%...
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Can triethylene glycol be used to remove polypropylene from the die during the glycol bath process?

We use the glycol bath die cleaning process in order to clean our die which are used to extrude materials from PBT and PET. Can triethylene glycol be used in order to clean a die containing ...
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Why is my washing powder not to be used for pre-wash?

Apologies but I can't find a more suitable stack exchange website to ask this question. I feel the technical answer is chemical in nature so I landed here. For at least the past two years (and on-...
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Strange Sticky Substance on Digital Camera [closed]

I purchased a used Canon Powershot A1100 IS camera online. When I received it in the mail it had a very strange sticky substance that looked like a thin film. It resisted attempts at cleaning. Water, ...
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Sulfuric acid fumes from cleaning shower drain

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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Why is caustic soda (NaOH) used to clean beer bottles?

I see in many blogs in the internet that cleaning bottles with $\ce{NaOH}$ is very effective. I also realize that industries use caustic soda to clean bottles. Why is caustic soda very effective at ...
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Cleaning of chlorbutyl plungers

This is my first post, so please bear with me. At work I have some chlorobutyl plungers that I need to clean from any residual material that might be left after production. A colleague of mine told ...
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Will using vinegar harm car paint?

After having parked my car in a newly constructed airport parking garage, I came back to find something had dripped through a crack in the ceiling of the structure and left considerably thick film on ...
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What chemical can be used for getting rid of hard water spots on cars?

Most water spot removers available on Amazon or automotive stores are just fine abrasives which remove a small amount of your car's clearcoat every time you use them. I'm looking for a chemical which ...
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How to remove wash anthracene oil/creostae oil from stainless steel tanker?

I once loaded anthracene oil/creosate Oil in my stainless steel tanker and I had to transport it to some factory. The material was inside the tanker for throughout the journey that was of around 8 ...
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What causes the smell in rotten meat-grease and how can I get rid of it thoroughly?

We've just spilled the can of used meat-grease we collect so that it doesn't go down the drain and it turns out it was rotten. Now the granite counter-top and the wood-laminate floor of the kitchen ...
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Does the main washing effect of soap come from foam?

I am curious if the main cleaning effect of soap comes from its foam (or, maybe, it is just a by-product). Here are some points, that might clarify what I mean: Does foam sort of "carry" dirt and ...
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How can I clean stained garden rocks?

I have some white garden pebbles which are now yellow with trace of rust. I have tried to soak them in bleach diluted with water without success. Could I receive suggestions of an appropriate ...
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Is it considered safe to sonicate with flammable solvents?

I use a sonicator at work in a cleaning process. It involves sonicating acetone, NMP, and IPA. We would like to move forward with other flammables as well. We currently do the work in a hood, but no ...
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What neutralizes the active ingredients (napthalene and/or paradichlorobenzene) in moth balls? [closed]

Question: What is effective in removing residual moth ball smell from inside a car? Issue: We used moth balls in our car to rid it of mice. (Never do this; it does not work.) We removed the moth ...
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Disrupting the chemistry of oobleck so that it behaves like a newtonian fluid

Oobleck (a mixture of cornstarch and water) is a non-newtonian fluid, so it acts like a solid when under pressure, and like a liquid otherwise. My question is this, is there anything you could mix in ...
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Which component in my tap water “scale” does not react with acid?

Where I live we have pretty hard tap water and so I'm used to scale build-up in kettles and on bathroom tiles, easily removed with acids (it's mostly calcium carbonate I guess). However it seems a ...
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Bleach turned towel bright pink before fading to white

We have some relatively new white towels that were getting dirty, so we decided to clean them with bleach (standard Clorox). When we sprayed the diluted bleach on the towels they immediately turned ...
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Is *rinsing* (after washing) with cold water is as efficient as rinsing with hot water?

Let say I have, a dishwashing soap, plenty of cold water (5 °C) and only have 2 L of hot water (60 °C) to clean a t-shirt with oil stains. Should I use the 2 L to wash the t-shirt and then the cold ...
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Function of 'organic' vs regular pipe cleaner

Recently, I needed to buy some pipe cleaner, as sometimes even with care hair and other detritus gets lodged so deep down the shower drain that it is not possible to get it out. I always try to avoid/...
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Dangers of expired bleach?

I have some unopened Clorox bleach bought over a year ago (at $8.25~\%\ \ce{NaOCl}$) and read on Wikipedia that bleach naturally decomposes according to $$\ce{3 NaOCl (aq) -> NaClO3 (aq) + 2 NaCl(...
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What could happen when mixing bleach with other cleaning residue?

I have a wall covered in mold. I have used various cleaning wipes attempting to clean it, including a vinegar mixture. I now want to spray the wall with a bleach cleaner. I am concerned for fumes from ...
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Ammonia for cleaning - what is the interaction between ammonia and oils?

Household ammonia is recognized as being an excellent cleaner for grease and oil. My question is, how does this work? Does ammonia merely put the oils into a suspension, like a detergent does? Or is ...
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What happens to potassium bitartrate (cream of tartar) at temperatures exceeding 1000°F?

What happens to potassium bitartrate (cream of tartar) at temperatures in excess of $\pu{1000\!^\circ F}$? For example, if it is placed on an oven bottom and then run through a self clean cycle.
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How to safely clean tantalum jewelry

I have some tantalum jewelry that I would like to clean. I've tried just soap and water to no success, so I wanted to try one of the standard at-home cleaning methods, like this one that uses foil, ...
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Are detergents more efficient if poured into more water?

Let's say, I am washing my cloths "by hand". My steps would be: I take a basin of about 20L I pour into it some water I pour my detergent (the required amount, about a spoon) and a bit of bleach ...
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Repairing acetone damage and discoloration to plastic

I used acetone on the back of my monitor to get rid of old stickers from LED strips. However it severely damaged my monitor. Anyway to undo this or repair it?
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How can I clean solid sulfur and its oxides from test tube?

I was experimenting with sulfur few years ago. The test tube I used for that purpose has still sulfur stuck onto it. I was searching for a way to dissolve it. I found an idea to try warm acetone. ...
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What are the best cleaning agents for carbon residues on glassware?

Introduction Recenly I wanted to isolate some ascorbic acid (Vitamin C or chemically - $\ce{C6H8O6}$). I've put the filtered solution (I had to filter it because of the binder) in a flask and heated ...
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Acetic(vinegar) and citric acid as the rust remover

I tested, separately, acetic and citric acids for cleaning steel parts. After 24 hours I have moderate results for acetic acid, and good results for citric acid. But in both cases, rust doesn't ...
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How to clean a copper pan from black burned fat chemically?

I have several copper pans which I use daily. I don’t have the time to always clean them. Now they have a thick crust of black burned fat. When I wash it with dish soda, nothing changes. And I don’t ...
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Solvents for tartrates / tannins that won't attack glass

At the bottom of my wine decanter (which due to its shape is fantastically hard to clean mechanically) a layer of reddish brown precipitate forms. I believe this is probably potassium bitartrate ...
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For what reasons, is isopropyl alcohol widely used as a cleaning solvent?

I have worked in electronics and aeronautics industry 30 years ago, and I have always wondered, what were the specific properties of isopropyl alcohol, which make it used instead of other alcohols ...