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 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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Is this calculation of the amount of required hydrogen gas correct?

I was a bit hesitant to post this question for it may appear like a "homework help" type of question. But upon rethinking it felt like a genuine question. I was studying stoichiometry with ...
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Use an Ozone generator to get rid of fungus in the flat? [closed]

I was told that I can use an Ozone generator to get rid of fungus (resulting from not enough fresh air I suppose). But I didn't find any reputable source for that claim. Would it work, Chemists of ...
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Nano coatings reaction with Al bottles

I have a question regarding nano coatings based on the formula "modified $\ce{SiO2}$". I have been told that $\ce{Al}$ bottles react with substances with a $\mathrm{pH}$ value below 3 or above 9. ...
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Tried to make calcium acetate out of eggshells and vinegar but I did it wrong. How many ways are there to make the jelly?

I was trying to follow a handful of online tutorials showing how to make a flammable jelly-like substance out of eggshells mixed in vinegar, but I think I did it wrong. I put regular, unboiled ...
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Removing Iron Oxide from a Floppy Disk?

Don't ask me why, but I did an experiment where I tried to remove the magnetic iron oxide layer from a floppy disk by soaking it in HCl for a week. I put pieces of floppy disk in 0 - 1 M HCl, then ...
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Which is a dye: Ferric Acetate or Ferrous Acetate?

I’ve been trying to make Iron Acetate to dye leather and I cannot, for the life of me, figure this out experimentally. I’ve been allowing steel wool to react with pure white vinegar in a sealed glass ...
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Isolating additives in alcohol products

Given an alcohol-water solution (Liquor products) that may have additives and/or may have been aged in wood, I'd like to boil off the alcohol and the water to leave behind the various additives in a ...
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Obtaining potassium silicate from sodium silicate

Is it possible to obtain Potassium silicate ($\ce{K2SiO3}$) from Sodium silicate ($\ce{Na2SiO3}$) without using expensive lab equipment such as furnaces etc.? For example, Calcium silicate may be ...
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Can rocket candy explode during the preparation?

I would like to follow the steps in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyPysthIRss After I mixed the Potassium nitrate KNO3 and the ...
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Reacting sodium metal with aqueous sodium hydroxide, what would happen?

I know sodium metal, when reacted with water, produces flammable hydrogen gas but I was wondering if that would also be the case if I had aqueous 1M sodium hydroxide? Would this reaction be safe or ...
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Will these K-alum crystals combine into a “cohesive/well-glued” mass?

The attempt to make a single solid mass of K-alum, using over 125 grams of McCormick K-alum powder, has resulted, in less than 2 hours, in: So besides the growth around the loop of the seed "...
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electrochemistry experiment

something strange. i made an electrochemistry experiment in which i have measured the potential of cell: Ag, AgCl | (1M)KCl ║ [Fe(CN)6] 3-, [Fe(CN)6] 4- | Pt with different concentrations of Fe+2/Fe+...
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The iodine clock reaction demonstration [duplicate]

I'm looking for a recipe including concentrations and amounts to prepare the iodine clock reaction. I only have Hydrogen Peroxide, KI, Starch powder and Sodium Thiosulphate. Firstly, do I need ...
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Chemistry and Plants [closed]

We're going to conduct a study to make corn husk fiber into a paper. Soda Ash is always used to extract the fibers from the husks, First question is there any chemical we can use aside from soda ash ...
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Determine if stuff is Potassium Alum

How can one determine (at home) if the product shown below is Potassium Alum? I held a piece of it in a gas flame (assuming that the flame would become violet if potassium were present), but there was ...
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Potassium Alum Crystals

This is a question regarding the crystallization of $\ce{KAl(SO4)2 . 12 H2O}$. I have an idea of what to do (I'll explain later in the explanation), but I would like to hear other suggestions encase ...
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How to store small amounts of gas

I need to store small amounts of gas. I already saw devices that look similar to the image below, but I don't know how they are called. Does someone here know how these devices are called? I am also ...
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Properties of starch in packaged pudding

I had a mug of packaged pudding. The top layer of the pudding was of typical pudding consistency, while the bottom was more runny. What could have caused this?
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How to test for methanol?

I wanted to make some ethanol from baker's yeast and I used sucrose. I've made it and put it in a glass jar. I left it on a warm place (near the radiator) until the yeast died and after they died I ...
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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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Can I perform electroplating with sodium carbonate and copper?

I want to avoid anything poisonous during electroplating. I can't avoid copper oxide though. I have dissolved $\ce{Na2CO3}$ in water and I'm trying to electroplate aluminium with copper: As you can ...
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Electrolysis with baking soda solution, a penny as the cathode and graphite for the anode

I set up an electrolysis experiment to show my kids and wanted to explain to them what is happening. My setup has a penny as the anode and graphite for the cathode. The solution is water with baking ...
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Preparing Hypochlorous acid from salt water

I am a school student and I want help with a project My aim: Preparing Hypochlorous Acid (Suitable for sanitation). I searched across the internet and found an article at https://www.hypochlorousacid....
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Home foundry — melting aluminum, mitigating undesirables

I am going to be melting aluminum cylinder head and some soda cans in the home foundry. I am aware the sulphur and the hydrogen present in the melt can make aluminum prone to cracks and brittle. Are ...
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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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How do you purify gases formed in electrolysis with a potassium hydroxide electrolyte?

I am interested in the $\ce{KOH}$ vapor that is released with my gasses during electrolysis. I have two questions. What would be the best place to start research on the $\ce{KOH}$ vapor produced in ...
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How to set up a home laboratory? [closed]

I have spent the last few years self-studying chemistry and I want to try doing practical experiments with chemistry in a safe manner. I don't plan on doing anything dangerous but would still like to ...
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What are the most potent hydrogen peroxide decomposition catalysts available to an amateur? [closed]

Some months ago I was playing with $60\,\%$ $\ce{H2O2}$ and unknowingly I used a silver spoon to transfer the liquid from a container, and the peroxide immediately started bubbling (it did look and ...
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How to make Lithium medication from scratch

I take lithium carbonate as a medication. I was watching an "apocalypse-style" movie recently, which made me wonder how hard it would be to make my medication from scratch if I could no ...
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How can I safely store highly outgassing self-pressurizing chemicals?

I have a standard copper etching solution of 1 part $\pu{10M}$ $\ce{HCL}$ and 2 parts 3% $\ce{H2O2}$ (as described in numerous places online). I previously had this stored in a tightly-sealed glass ...
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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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How to determine the product from my attempt of HOCl synthesis

This is a follow up to this question. Here is my short procedure: start with 200mL distilled water add 7mL of 8.25% sodium hypochlorite (.11M) to the solution. The resulting solution should be 3.7*10$...
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How do you dispose of K2SO4 and MnSO4? [closed]

I want to do an experiment by showing how generated oxygen can affect an ember. I saw on the video that adding peroxide and potassium permanganate will do this. $\ce{2 KMnO4 + 3 H2SO4 + 5H2O2 = 2 ...
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Conversion of Erythrosine to Fluorescein

I am a home-chemist and I love dyes. I recently got my hands on sodium salt of erythrosine (tetra-iodinated fluorescein). I want to convert erythrosine to fluorescein. I speculate that using dilute ...
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How to cheaply extract iodine from an alcoholic solution?

I have an alcoholic solution of iodine. My goal is to extract the pure iodine without using rare or expensive compounds. How could I do this?
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What is the safe level of energy output for hydrogen combustion at home?

With confinement, my son would like to do some home experiments for a class. So far, he has a good setup that seems sound for the electrolysis of water. A later part of the experiment would combine ...
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Black Smoke Produced from Regular Lighter but Not Torch Lighter Applied to Copper

I have a piece of copper mesh from which I would like to remove all coatings/oils. The copper comes from a pot scrubber like this. In order to remove any residue, I held a standard bic lighter up to ...
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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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Does it make sense to have a control group for a school chemistry experiment?

I'm wondering if it makes sense to have a control group for the following experiment: measure the speed of gas produced when hydrochloric acid and calcium carbonate react, as a function of surface ...
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How to estimate hydrogen peroxide concentration in an easy way?

I have bought 20 Liter of Hydrogen Peroxide about 2 years ago which I was told that it was pure at that time. I'm aware of instability of H2O2, which easily decomposes into water and hydrogen. The ...
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Looking for an old (1950s) “chemical experiments” book

Not sure if this is precisely on-topic, but I'll risk some reputation and give it a try. I got a chemistry set as a kid in the early 1970s, and the subject really captured my interest. I grabbed ...
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Possible methods for copper (II) reduction to copper (I)

How can I make $\ce{Cu2O}$ from copper? I am seeing if electrolysis is a good route (in the context of kitchen style chemistry) to cuprous oxide, instead of the traditional heating copper and ...
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Distinguishing between potassium chloride and sodium chloride

I have these very large blocks of salt intended for a water softener in my house, but I'm not sure if they're potassium chloride or sodium chloride, according to what I've read they're both widely ...
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Does solute concentration vary significantly with depth?

If I dissolve glucose in an ordinary beaker filled with water, are the concentrations of glucose at the top and bottom significantly different? What if we use NaCl as the solute? Is there a molecule ...
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How can I purify Ferric or Ferrous acetate with a very basic lab?

I’ve been trying to make Ferric acetate by mixing vinegar with steel wool and allowing it to react. The result is successful in dying leather or wood black and acting as a mordant. Theoretically there ...
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How can I dissolve a precipitate when stuck to the side of a boiling flask

I’ve been experimenting with producing Iron Acetates and I’ve run into a snag. Here’s my process so far: I started by adding white vinegar and ~50% Hydrogen Peroxide to a reaction vessel with steel ...
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does stirring honey make it less viscous? [closed]

After making some research, I found that crystallized honey does get less viscous as we stir it, so is it the same thing with pure honey or not? and also if not could we use the Zahn cup experiment to ...
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Ripening of bananas?

So, obviously the ripening of bananas involves changing it’s chemical composition. For example, ripe bananas have a much higher amount of sugar. It is also known that reaction rates are generally ...
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how much baking soda and vinegar will you need to fully fill a ziplock bag up without popping it? [closed]

EXACTLY how much baking soda and vinegar will you need to FULLY fill a ziplock bag up without popping it or it being deflated? I am really confused. That is all our teacher told us and he said that ...

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