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Questions tagged [home-experiment]

For questions about a small-scale experiment which can be undertaken with reagents readily available around the house, while observing standard laboratory safety principles and practices. Do not confuse this tag with [everyday-chemistry] or [food-chemistry].

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Why polyethylene (PE), wool (polyamide) and cotton (cellulose) burnt with different smells, while they just product CO2 (and N2)?

Both PE and cotton produce CO2, but they distinctly have different smells while being burnt (Burning PE has smell of candle wax, while burning cotton’s smell is like burning leaves). Wool produces CO2 ...
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Why is my sodium acetate not resulting in any crystals?

My son received a chemistry set for Christmas and we've been working through the experiments over the last few weeks. One of them involves boiling white vinegar and adding baking soda to produce ...
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Make a silver zinc battery

I have a shaver that runs off a rechargeable battery that is dying. Would it be feasible to make a silver zinc battery and use it to replace the existing battery? Cost is not an object, anything less ...
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How may copper acetate ligands be manipulated to change colors?

I have a solution of copper acetate and I would like to play around with the ligands to get different colors. Background: The copper acetate was made through mixing vinegar (5% acetic acid), NaCl, ...
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Unexpected result (sodium hypochlorite & steel wool)

So I got myself a large Erlenmeyer flask, some steel wool and the bleach from the bathroom, mixing them under safe conditions in small quantities to see the sparky reaction I'd heard about. Trouble is,...
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Why does shampoo lather much more the second time it is applied?

When I shampoo my dirty hair, the first time it does not lather very much. The second time it lathers a lot. Why is this?
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I want to make NaOH from NaHCO3, what is the easiest way to do it without electrolysis? [closed]

I want to make NaOH from NaHCO3. I can't use electrolysis as I lack the proper equipement.
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How can I make a reference humidity environment with NaOH pellets? [duplicate]

I have NaOH pellets at my disposal. Some of the pellets are degraded, but most are not, and I can provide a new batch if needed. I would like to test several humidity sensors in an environment with a ...
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Question(s) about salt bridge in simple battery cells

What element/compound(s) is a universal salt bridge which I can apply to any simple cell? I am experimenting and confused when I put the right compound, which is always a kind of aqueous solution as ...
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Thickening and/or slowing evaporation of IPA-based ink

The conundrum I have a security printing ink that I make by adding an IR-absorbing dye to a 50/50 mix of Isopropyl Alcohol and distilled water. The ink solution is pale green but dries virtually ...
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Is it possible to extract magnesium from epsom salt?

Is it possible (at home) to extract magnesium from $\ce{MgSO4·7H2O}$, also known as Epsom salt (or, alternatively, from $\ce{MgSO4}$)?
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Aluminum Oxide + Epsom salt ⮕ aluminum sulphate + Magnesium oxide [closed]

I was wondering that if you wrapped some Epsom salt in aluminum foil and set it on fire would you get aluminum sulphate and magnesium oxide, I couldn't find anything about this on the internet
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Synthesis of hydrazine with bleach and ammonia

I am trying to make rocket fuel using hydrazine, hydrogen peroxide and home products. I want to put an action figure in orbit. Is there any way to synthesize hydrazine with bleach and ammonia, using $...
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Balanced equation for Schweizer's reagent production?

In Thompson's Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments the chemical formula for Schweizer's reagent is represented as $\ce{[Cu(NH3)4](OH)2}$ (although Wikipedia represents it as $\ce{[Cu(NH3)4(...
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Does HCl kill algae?

I live in the tropics, and have a water tank that sits in the sun, forming algae. Every year, I need to scrub the thing out. The plumber I’ve hired for the job wants to flush my water pipes with HCl ...
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Molar ratios not leading to complete reaction in Schweizer's reagent production

In my home lab, I've reacted $\ce{Cu(OH)2}$ with aqueous ammonia to produce Schweizer's reagent. However, I'm surprised by the amount of ammonia required to react with this amount of $\ce{Cu(OH)2}$. ...
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How to make pyramid-shaped NaCl salt crystals

I'm attempting to make sea salt pyramids like the one below. I understand this needs to be evaporated at a reasonable speed to stop the crystals forming a cube, as the when formed quickly, the edges ...
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How can I make homemade ink?

I want to make some homemade ink suitable for amateurs to practice calligraphy. I have access to many household chemicals, including acetic acid, sodium hydrogen carbonate, sugar, sodium chloride, and ...
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How can I protect my skin from KMnO4?

We have national elections coming up in two days, and like every time the election officials will mark people's thumbs with a dab of some purple solution that leaves a brown stain on the skin (and ...
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Sodium + water reaction, noxious fumes?

I was reacting pure sodium and tap water, and at one point I put some splattered sodium back into the water. I observed fumes that reacted with my respiratory system, producing a burning sensation. I ...
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Vinegar salt reaction to produce acid; does it matter what type of vinegar I use

I am trying to get get hydrogen chloride gas by using the reaction sodium chloride + vinegar = HCl(g) + sodium acetate, does it matter what type of vinegar I use eg apple cider vinegar, malt vinegar; ...
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Explaining the result of experiment---Aluminum foil heated in boiling KMnO4 solution

I've recently been thinking back to an impromptu "experiment" I performed almost exactly 3 years ago. The setup was as follows: A concentrated solution of KMnO$_4$ was produced by dissolving 2 ...
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Can I reverse an iron redox reaction with potassium hydroxide and electricity?

For a school project, about clean energy, me and my team are trying to build an iron battery. We are using a piece of iron (anode), potassium hydroxide (electrolyte), carbon electrode (cathode) ...
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Why my boiling pot turned black?

Recently I ran out of dish washing detergent, so I decided to pick up one of the recipes online, to make my own "ecological" dish washing detergent alternative. The recipe was: Mix ingredients: ...
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How to charge titanium dioxide particles for a DIY e-paper capsule? [closed]

I'm trying to make a single e-paper capsule (1 cm × 1 cm) at home. At first, I tried to charge the $\ce{TiO2}$ particles by putting them in $\ce{H2O}$ with $\ce{NaOH}$ and then putting that whole ...
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Electrolytes for Anodization at Home

I'm looking into anodization, and all the people doing it seem to have sulfuric acid as their first choice electrolyte, while others use sodium metabisulfate. Having simple access to exactly neither ...
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Lead(II) oxide CRT monitor extraction

I have a large CRT monitor that, by the weight of the monitor, I estimate to contain over two pounds of lead. I want to know if the lead oxide is a mixture with the glass, or if it is chemically ...
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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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Will adding apple cider vinegar to freshly pressed fruit juice preserve it

Would adding apple cider vinegar to freshly cold pressed fruit juice be able to preserve the fruit juice and extend its shelf life? Would the juice change into vinegar with time?
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Products of silicate synthesis

I'm attempting to make a hard refractory cement to apply over kiln brick made of sodium silicate and Perlite. This creates a very good kiln brick, however they are susceptible to abrasion. I've been ...
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does table salt dissolve in glycerin [closed]

Tell me, does table salt dissolve in glycerin? And is it possible to increase its solubility? I have vegetable glycerin with nicotine that I use for vape. So that nicotine would not be bitter, on ...
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Why does steel wool catch fire when rubbed with a battery?

I was watching an episode of Man vs Wild where steel wool was rubbed with phone battery. To my surprise, the wool caught fire. What is the reason for this?
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Looking for a radio-transparent epoxy/resin

I have much hobby experience with 2-part resins, but this time I'm looking to make a repair part for the inside of a microwave oven (everything I've tried so far heats up, but the original part does ...
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How to obtain calcium carbonate?

I read calcium carbonate is the main component of seashells and other animals' shells (such as snails), and also limestone. How can I prepare pure $\ce{CaCO_3}$? Could someone describe the process ...
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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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Is it possible to dissolve concrete with acid [closed]

So I have this question. Can you dissolve concrete with acid? I know that there are many types of concrete, but the common and dominant component, as far as I know, is $\ce{Ca3SiO5.H2O}$ (hydrated ...
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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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Why doesn't liquid propane in a closed coke bottle burst?

I was watching this YouTube video in which the original experiment was to make a small rocket out of liquid propane and Coke. When that failed, the person doing the experiment decided to try pouring ...
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How was the bottle crushed by air?

In this video, a water bottle is shown to be crushed by the surrounding air. My understanding: When the person pours cold water over the bottle which has hot water inside it, the hot water produces ...
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Is there a means to measure pH without indicators?

I have created a solution that should contain hydroxide ions. Therefore, the pH > 7, but is there any way to roughly estimate the pH in absence of any indicator? Maybe using current, or checking ...
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Separating glucose and fructose

If I have a mixture of glucose and fructose in aqueous solution, what is the simplest method to separate them? Heating to 110 °C to melt only the fructose would probably work theoretically, but this ...
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Two common fluids that don't mix inside a labyrinth [closed]

I'm not sure in which SE site put this question. Imagine a typical child toy, where a bunch of spheres move by gravity through a labyrinth. Now imagine a sealed small labyrinth with two fluids. I'd ...
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No current in homemade galvanic cell

I built a galvanic cell using 0.01 M solutions of copper sulfate and zinc sulfate. I used copper and zinc electrodes and immersed them into the proper solutions (copper into copper sulfate, zinc into ...
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Why does increasing number of salt bridges increase voltage of electrochemical battery?

In an experiment, I set up a cell with lead nitrate (w/ lead electrode) and zinc sulfate (w/ zinc electrode), with a salt bridge containing potassium nitrate. I observed that by increasing the number ...
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Can caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) be used to dissolve urine odour?

I have an area of artificial grass at home in the back garden and during the summer months, the area emits a smell which I can only think is from the dog's urine when he pees all year long. The smell ...
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Sodium bicarbonate, varying acetic acid, measuring carbon dioxide volume, understanding results

With my 6yo daughter, I have conducted a simple experiment. We used 1/4 tsp (we don't have sub-gram scales) of bicarbonate of soda for each test. In each test, we used a different amount of vinegar (5%...
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Does coffee have the ability to dissolve less sugar into it than water?

Like water can absorb such and such an amount of sugar, can coffee absorb less as it already has coffee in it.
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What (simple) household chemicals react with oxygen?

I'm interested in making a small "preservation chamber" that I can basically use to store objects without the presence of oxygen. I have a resealable stainless steel canister and the plan is pretty ...
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How do erasable pens work?

I understand the principle behind an eraseable pencil. Graphite is highly slippery, you rub it onto the paper, and an eraser can rub it off again. I've had friends at school with 'eraseable ink pens'...
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What type of acid (and how much) needed to generate Chlorine Dioxide gas when added to Sodium Chlorite (for odor removal)?

I have several lbs of Sodium Chlorite (flakes), which I would like to use to generate Chlorine Dioxide gas in order to remove odors from rooms, autos, boats, etc. There are commercial products sold ...