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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Homemade Flash Paper

I am making homemade flash paper (nitrocellulose) and had a question regarding the safety and stability of the mixture. I have purchased a respirator, beakers, stirring rods ect so i stay safe. After ...
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Consequences of aluminum presence in rust removal electrolysis

I am using electrolysis to clean and remove rust from carbon steel parts. For the anode I use sacrificial carbon steel. For the cathode I use the steel part I am cleaning. The electrolyte is a ...
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Attempting to make Rochelle salt but obtained paste

I was attempting to make Rochelle salt by adding sodium carbonate to a mixture of cream of tartar and water, but ended up with a solid paste. I kept the cream of tartar/water mix boiling the whole ...
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What is the simplest way to create a precipitation reaction at home?

What is the easiest way to create a precipitation reaction at home, preferably with easily retrievable chemicals? I need this because I'm making a video for my film education.
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How to make my water destillery most effective?

I got a destillery for water with a capacity of 10l and a get the most of a spiral cooler in a 1l cooling pot mounted on top. I'm happy with the efficiency, however there's always room for improvement ...
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Peak in beer freezing temperature plot

I left an open beer in the freezer while monitoring its temperature. The first minutes works as expected. But after the plateau, at about −8 °C, a peak appeared: I thought it was an artefact because ...
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The open circuit voltage of a battery: Does it decrease with increase in pH of electrolyte while the voltage across a load increase?

Why does the open circuit voltage of a battery decrease with increase in $\mathrm{pH}$ of electrolyte, but the voltage across a load increase? I tested a cell which had aluminum sulfate as its anode ...
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Reaction between sodium hydroxide and silicon dioxide [duplicate]

I was trying to make sodium silicate according to the following reaction: $\ce{SiO2 + 2NaOH -> Na2SiO3 + H2O}$ I used colloidal silica available as an intestinal adsorbent since reaction with ...
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Sodium acetate stoichiometry from baking soda and vinegar

I want to make sodium acetate from sodium bicarbonate and vinegar. I'm a bit stumped at calculating amounts of each reagent. I'm starting with 8% acetic acid vinegar. I was going to add, to 1 L of the ...
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For home chemistry purposes can you treat sodium percarbonate as sodium peroxide?

It is easy to find home chemistry experiments for sodium peroxide but not so much sodium percarbonate. Industrially sodium percarbonate is used a sodium peroxide source- it is close enough to used as ...
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How do I get calcium citrate to precipitate in experiment on extraction of citric acid from juice?

I was planning to extract citric acid from mango juice by first using Aspergillus niger fungus by fermentation to convert the mango juice to citric acid, then extracting by first adding sodium ...
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Nitrocellulose (flash paper) synthesis without Sulfuric Acid?

According to the Wikipedia page on Nitrocellulose: The process uses nitric acid to convert cellulose into cellulose nitrate and water: $$\ce{3HNO3 + C6H10O5 ->[H2SO4] C6H7(NO2)3O5 + 3H2O}$$ ...
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Heating NaOH solutions

I am trying to determine the best heat at which to use an NaOH solution to clean a textile fiber. This is being done, carefully, in Asian villages. The raw material is ribbons of bark peeled from a ...
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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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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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How can I emulsify Beeswax with Aloe Vera Gel?

I was looking thru ingredients for non-silicone based makeup primers and two ingredients always seem to be used: aloe vera gel and some type of wax, like jojoba wax, plus some type of oil to thin out ...
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Looking for a compound that when mixed with sugar will burn when a drop of water is added

Years ago, I watched a Johnny Carson episode where a guest on the show mixed a compound with ordinary table sugar and added a drop of water and the mixture burst into flames. I went and bought the ...
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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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What is an effective preservative for guar gum slime?

I am attempting to find an effective preservative for guar gum slime. I am using typical recipes: A borax solution of 4%, a guar gum solution of 5% using distilled water, and a mix ratio of 20:1 (guar ...
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How to extract thymol from oregano leaves?

This is my second graders in highschool project of science report. I try to a make natural hand sanitizer using thymol from oregano leaves as the antiseptic ingredient instead of alcohol. I want ...
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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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Homemade filter paper

I used normal paper from my notebook to perform filtration. The filtration is 100% perfect, but takes incredibly long to happen, because the paper is too dense. I'm not planning to buy filtration ...
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How to evolve hydrogen from aluminum when the household drain cleaner is safe to use on aluminum?

I live in Japan. I would like to evolve hydrogen to demonstrate to my son buoyant balloons (we have helium aerosol cans here which barely fill one balloon). There are drain cleaners here with low ...
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How to convert sodium aluminate back to sodium hydroxide?

I had dissolved a bunch of aluminium foil in an aqeous solution of sodium hydroxide. The resulting solution consists mainly of sodium aluminate with very little excess sodium hydroxide. What I want to ...
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Electrolysing vinegar

Yesterday I made a mixture of vinegar and salt and then electrolyzed it. I was just wondering if anyone could tell me what the process created. For instance, would it create ethane?
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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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Home science optical absorption test for approximate caffeine quantity in coffee?

I started with How can you measure the caffeine content of a liquid at home? in the cooking stackexchange, but the test strips were only qualitative (yes/no) and don't seem to exist anymore, and the ...
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Making carbon powder using fireplace and weak acid

I am doing a little home experiment trying to make as pure carbon powder as I can. I plan to then used it to eat up oxygen from a container where I want to try to melt aluminum. My process was ...
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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 melt and roll silver chloride into sheets

I want to make silver chloride cathodes for a magnesium salt water battery. Are there any tips on how to proceed? I hope to melt the silver chloride in a covered ceramic crucible in an electric ...
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Safe chemical reactions to start a campfire [closed]

I'm looking for a way to start a small fire electronically with widely available chemicals. It would be great if they are safe to use with metals (not necessarily). But the biggest requirement is that ...
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Is there a known value for the molar extinction (absorption) coefficient for amylose and amylopectin iodine complexes?

I am doing a colorimetry experiment with starch, and have a theoretical model based on Beer's law. To solve it, I need a known value for the molar extinction coefficients of amylose and amylopectin ...
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Is there a way to create natural Red food coloring from Turmeric in the house kitchen?

As a non chemist I have read in the Wikipedia article Curcumin that: Curcumin becomes bright red when it interacts electrostatically with phospholipid film. This text appeared without source ...
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Should I be worried about the waste from "sugar rockets" and other potassium nitrate fireworks?

"Sugar rockets" or sparklers made of metal fillings, potassium nitrate and some carbon compound are easily made, and there is a lot of tutorials and videos on the internet suggesting them as ...
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Dubowski’s Formula vs Henry's law applied to alcohol sensor 'calibration'

I'm working with some hobby-level gas sensors and I've run across a "calibration" system I don't understand. A general description of this kind of gas sensor is described a bit more in this ...
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Chemically producing sodium metal from magnesium

Anyone with experience making sodium metal ($\ce{Na}$) with the following process? Reactants: $\pu{14 g}$ magnesium powder, $\pu{20 g}$ sodium hydroxide; Catalysts: $1$ to $\pu{2 g}$ menthol crystals; ...
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Can I use silica gel to perform column chromatography at home?

While this question has been asked and answered, it may indicate that a column chromatography qualitatively is possible. At home, is it possible after collecting silica gels from small bags of them ...
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Could you use All-Purpose Flour as a model rocket fuel?

I'm building a model rocket, and I'm trying to find a good fuel. I've done a lot of research and I know about r-candy and the aluminum-ammonium fuel, but I was wondering, before I made any of these, ...
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Can you make R-Candy without heating the propellant mix?

I'm wondering if there's any way you can make "Rocket Candy" (or R-candy) fuel without cooking it. I'm building a model rocket that I'm hoping will get about 3 km on my first build (It's not ...
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Why does Cody use Litharge? [closed]

In many of the precious metal refining videos Cody (Cody's Lab) takes the sample with the precious metal and puts Litharge into it. After heating it in the furnace, while pouring it out the molten ...
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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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Hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide reactions

What is the explanation for the two possible reactions of $\ce{H2O2}$ with $\ce{KI}$ in acid media (iodide-catalyzed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide or iodide oxidation by hydrogen peroxide) and ...
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Salt crystal growing inside a mold inside a jar

I have recently found an experiment where you can grow a salt crystal on a jar. The experiment works like this: we take a jar, fill it with hot/warm water and start dissolving salt in it until it ...
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Identity of a green substance formed during electrolysis reaction?

I did a short experiment in which I connected a $1.5\:\mathrm{V}$ battery with 2 paper clips into a bowl of water to which I added salt. After a while, I saw a yellowish-greenish cloud inside the ...
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Ethanol and water resistant adhesives

I need an adhesive that can bind to ABS plastic but is highly resistant to ethanol, isopropanol, and water. It's for use in an environment where it will spend a significant amount of time soaking in &...
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Catalyst and Inhibitors home experiments

My teacher assigned me a science experience involving catalysts and inhibitors at home. I think I understand the principle of it, but I fail to find possible experiments that I can do at home with a ...
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How to clean copper(II) sulfate crystals from sulfuric acid?

I am going to prepare copper(II) sulfate by electrolysis with sulfuric acid for crystal growing. How would I separate the copper(II) sulfate from the sulfuric acid left over from the electrolysis ...
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Is there safe chemicals for making voice pitch or bass?

I'm looking for safe experiment that can pitch and bass my voice.finally I find a video that do it but he said "not try in home,ok..?".Is there safe tool or chemicals for Manipulation of the larynx is ...
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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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Titanium Dioxide and plastic

How would you recommend attaching a film of anatase to a flat polycarbonate surface without compromising its photocatalytic characteristics? The self cleaning paints that I have seen are generally ...

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