Questions tagged [everyday-chemistry]

Applications of chemistry to reagents, reactions and processes of everyday life. Use this tag for question on chemistry in an out-of-laboratory/class context. DO NOT use this tag merely because the question is about simple chemistry.

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pH of water when NaHCO3 is added [on hold]

I'm having 1000 L of water whose pH is 5.15 and I'm also having NaHCO3 (pH is 9). How much NaHCO3 in (grams or kilograms) should I add to water make the pH in the range of 8? Please provide me with ...
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What chemical changes happen in a factory? [on hold]

I need help with that. I have to talk about chemical changes in factories on my chemistry class.
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Gallium in a car temperature [on hold]

if you leave a solid gallium in your car on an early summer morning when the temperature is 75 degrees fahrenheit, what physical state is the gallium in when you return to your car and the interior ...
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Producing soap from sodium carbonate and oil

Can we get soap by mixing $\ce{Na2CO3}$ from seaweeds with oil? I am not good at chemistry and saw this in an anime Dr. Stone, so I just wanted to know if it is true or not.
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Syngas to methanol [closed]

Could you offer an efficient/low cost way to convert variable syngas to methanol with high yield of productivity? (I am a beginner.) Thank you in advance.
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Non-chlorine bleach vs. hydrogen peroxide 3% soln from pharmacy: Disinfecting gravity water filter system

I'm seeking to disinfect a Platypus gravity water filter made with hollow fibers. My main concern is to address any mold / mildew that may have developed inside the hollow fiber filter due to long ...
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Can Airborne dust conduct electricity? [closed]

Out of curiosity and possible safety, could a could of dust conduct electricity? When I say dust I don't mean the stuff that settles around my house, but the dust of something that has conductive ...
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what does the mixture between urine and dishwater cause? [closed]

I have built an rv from a short school bus. I ran a hose from the "toilet" to a tank in the back to drain the toilet. We wash our dishes in a basin on the counter and dump the dishwater into the ...
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Reverse washing soda buildup on stainless steel

In a home brewing project, I use washing soda (Na2CO3) to remove labels and glue from previously used bottles. In doing this, my flip-top bottles (which have a stainless steel flip top arm) often get ...
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Are there any gases that can not be turned into liquid, or liquids that can not be frozen solid?

My son points out that some solids can not be melted (because they combust, for example). He wonders if there are any liquids that can not be frozen, or gases that can not be liquified.
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What home products are reactive with glass?

Glass seems to be one of the most stable solid substances - which chemicals, particularly home products that react with glass?
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Why does hand sanitizer turn into a liquid after coming out of the bottle?

Hand sanitizer is a gel in its bottle, but when I pour it on my palm, it turns into a free flowing liquid. Why does that happen? It doesn't turn to a liquid when I pour it on my floor or my table. ...
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Is there any bad side effects for using calcium chloride to replace a running dehumidifier?

My dehumidifier costs to much to run, so I’m thinking about using calcium chloride to keep my basement dry(er) ALSO, this may keep my mouse problem to a minimum... my questions are -Will this be ...
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What's causing my plastic fork to break?

This has been a real mystery for me at work. For the past three days I've eaten salads for lunch. I used a plastic bowl with a lid and when I was finished with the salad, I didn't rinse out the bowl ...
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What chemicals are in anesthetic drugs [closed]

What chemicals are there in an anesthetic drug and how it reduces the pain of a person? Are the chemicals used in it safely, dangerous or both?
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Is identifying a chemical equivalent to be able to produce it?

This question is a follow up of another thread, where we are discussing Theresa May's accusation of the Russian government which is supposedly behind the recent chemical attack in the UK. Soon after ...
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Why does lavender oil dissolve plastic?

A few weeks ago I decided to harvest the lavender in my garden and put it through a still to extract the essential oils. The still in question is essentially just an air cooled condenser. I collected ...
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Why is the pH level of carbonation loss decreasing then increases afterwards?

We have done an experiment of the titration of unsealed sprite soda to find the amount of carbonic acid being loss on various duration (0 to 1 hour), due to decrease pressure. The calculation was to ...
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Does oil break down condoms?

It seems that every website on sexual health advises against using oil-based lubricants with condoms. It is claimed that "oil breaks down latex". One source claimed that a latex condom completely ...
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Can we tell if a compound is explosive by just looking at its chemical structure?

If I showed you a compound's chemical structure will you be able to tell if it can be used as an explosive or we can only know that by conducting chemical experiments?
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Potassium carbonate vs. Potassium hydroxide in Wood Ash

I'm trying to get more concrete information about the chemical process of creating soap from wood ash. What I’m confused about: Many soap-making materials say that you create potassium hydroxide ...
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Phosphate extraction from sewage

I read that phosphate reserves will exhaust in coming years wiki, why don't we extract it from sewage , is it really that difficult to extract phosphate ?
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Amending soil pH to change the color of hydrangea flowers

I would like to ensure that my hydrangeas are blue. I am told that adding ammonium sulfate or aluminium sulfate will cause the soil to be more acidic. I am also told that adding elemental sulfur will ...
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How to oxidize tantalum? [closed]

I am interested in learning how to oxidize tantalum. I have seen some tantalum rings that the sellers say is a permanent smokey blackish color. But I've spoken to some people that say tantalum cannot ...
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How effective is a level A hazmat suit for immersion in deadly substances?

I know that level A type hazmat suits can protect against minor splashes, but could somebody in one survive without harm after complete immersion for a few minutes in deadly chemicals such as sodium ...
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Polyethylene glycol [closed]

I used a product on my family containing 90 percent Polyethylene glycol. Now I’m reading how Polyethylene glycol can be contaminated with ethylene oxide and also the lower the weight the higher the ...
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How can I figure out if my store bought chlorine is the percentage it says it is?

Chlorine is an important part of maintaining any pool. I've read horror stories of people buying chlorine from pool stores or big box stores and the chlorine being ineffective. If stored long enough ...
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About Smoke Grenades and Sugar Rockets

The most common formula for smoke grenades and sugar rocket fuel is $60\%\ \ce{KNO3}$ (potassium nitrate) and $40\%\ \ce{C12H22O11}$ (sugar). This is a 3:2 ratio, but I've also seen 2:1 and 5:3 with ...
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Why doesn't the density of water add up? [closed]

If the density of hydrogen is 0.09 g/ml and the density of oxygen is 1.429 g/ml, how is it that the density of water is 1 g/ml?
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natural staining on wood from human skin

I have a question about the dark staining that occurs on my wooden spectacle frames where they rub constantly with my skin around the ears and nose. Can anyone tell me what is causing this? And could ...
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Can a table salt + vinegar mixture be explosive?

I remember having read in a book, Ask Me Anything (Dorling Kindersley), that a combination of copious amounts of table salt and vinegar is explosive. Now this was a really long while back, and I can'...
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How dangerous is superglue? [closed]

A long time ago, when I used to make plastic models with glue, I never wore white gloves when gluing together the pieces, so I often got a lot of superglue on my hands. The superglue, which was very ...
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Is there any replacement for ethyl mercaptan in LPG?

Ethanethiol, commonly known as ethyl mercaptan, is a colorless gas added to LPG in order to detect its leakage. Apart from ethyl mercaptan, is there any gas or liquid that may be used as a ...
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How to dissolve calcium sulfate fast?

I would like to dissolve $\ce{CaSO4}$ in a hardened condition (e.g. gypsum board) as fast as possible. I have seen in posts about $\ce{CaSO3}$ that vinegar and sulfamic acid are able to dissolve it. ...
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How much salt (or any other substance one can find in a kitchen) do I need to add to make water boil at 104 °C? [closed]

I've seen some formulas around in other questions and Google searches, but my chemistry is pretty much dead so I have no clue where to find the relevant values to calculate it myself. I just need to ...
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Can Aquatabs be used to clean swimming pool water?

Can Aquatabs be used to prepare/chlorinate water for swimming? They are used to clean water for drinking so is it safe to assume that if used in proper quantity they can also clean water for ...
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Tape versus 1922 silver coin

I have a 1922 silver half dollar with scotch tape on it. The tape has been on it 50 years plus. It’s dried out and totally adhered to the coin. I’ve soaked it in lemon essential oil and googone but ...
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What causes the really bad smell of rotten potatoes?

Rotten potatoes have a distinctive unpleasant odour, and I can't find any definitive answer as to what the chemical involved is. I was thinking it might be Butyric acid, from the fermentation of the ...
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Does adding slices of lemons to water reduce its chlorine content?

Often restaurants add slices of lemon to water. They seem to make the water taste better and perhaps reduce or at least cover up the chlorine taste. I've heard that Vitamin C tablets can be used to ...
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Is flour or baking soda really suitable for extinguishing grease fires?

I think most have heard the advise that you should put flour (or baking soda) on a grease fire to absorb the oil before. While this is certainly better than using water, I'm skeptical. For starters ...
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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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How do things glow in the dark?

What makes something glow in the dark? The only explanation that I can come up with for what makes things glow in the dark is that there is probably a chemical reaction slowly releasing the light that ...
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Is it possible to separate/remove sugar from common drinks, such as juice?

Is it possible to remove sugar from a drink (for example, juice) using common household equipment?
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What is the transparent film that covers water-soluble dishwasher tablets?

These dishwasher tablets (Finish Powerball Shine) seem to be covered in plastic! But that can't possibly be true since there's no unwrapping, and they're completely soluble in water. What is the ...
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Regarding common preservatives and their effect

If someone has an average of 1 litre of Coke or Pepsi a day, would this form too much benzene oxide in the person's body or stomach and eventually effect part of their genetics?
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Why do nitrile gloves turn yellow from sweaty hands?

When I take off my nitrile gloves after some hours in the lab, the inside of them has turned yellow. This happens especially in the regions around joints. I suspect this is due to a reaction between ...
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How to effectively get rid of 2-propanol acetate vapors and smell

I need to get rid of 2-propanol acetate vapors and its smell and need some chemistry help. Some possibilities I came up with: soap and water to rinse surfaces because soap might help increase its ...
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What chemicals cause the softer, less-raw taste of purified water sold in bottles?

I've seen the post, "What defines an element's taste?", but it doesn't answer my question. I took water that is supplied by the municipality corporation and put it through a gravity based water ...
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Consumer choice; harmful environmental aspects of polyethylene vs polypropylene [closed]

What is the difference between polyethylene and polypropylene in terms of their aspects which are harmful to the environment during manufacture and disposal.