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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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 does the “kreosan” Coca-Cola rocket work?

A YouTube channel called "kreosan" (made by Russian-speaking people who I believe live in Ukraine) posted a video showing rockets made from bottles of Coca-Cola. Here's what I've figured out from the ...
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Pyrolysis of canola oil

This is a topic that I cannot find much information about. I would like to know what compounds are in the products formed from pyrolysis of canola oil. I found out by accident that when trying to ...
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Gases produced by pyrolysis of cellulose

I heated cotton in a sealed container (with a small hole) over a natural gas flame. Some gases and smoke were produced. What would they probably be? I can come up with some guesses based on the ...
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Unknown salt formed from electrolysis of urine

I am not sure what I was expecting to happen with this but I created a circuit to electrolyze various household liquids. My electrodes are copper — or at least claim to be, I think they might just be ...
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Is there a way to turn cellulose into sugar at home?

I know that once you have sugars, you can ferment, distill, and dehydrate to create 95+% ethanol. I've also read about cellulosic ethanol, with the new step there being the breakdown of the cellulose ...
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How can I turn LPG from liquid to gas?

I am working on a personal project that involves a balloon filled with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at a pressure of $\pu{4 - 5 bar}$, and I need some kind of a device/filter that would convert it to ...
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How can I dissolve photography film?

I am looking to completely dissolve negative film strips. Acetone was my first try and did not work. If anyone knows/ or has any ideas i would be so greatful.
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What is the best way to calculate the mass percentage of Calcium Carbonate from water?

Where I live it's believed that local tap water is really bad for drinking because of the amount of limestone. As a science experiment for school I wanted to approximately calculate the percentage of ...
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Simple tests for presence of CO₂

Am aware that one method for testing for the presence of $\ce{CO2}$ is passing the gas through limewater, with it going cloudy if positive. Are there any other convenient methods?
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How Can I Test Something for the Presence of Iodine? [duplicate]

I want to test a supplement for the presence of iodine. Iodine should turn starch blue-black. So, can I powderize the supplement tablet, add water to it, drop it on a piece of bread, and if it turns ...
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Can I use Sunflower oil to make soap?

When reading about making glycerine soap, the recipes suggested to melt animal fat and mix it with $\ce{NaOH}$. Could I use Sunflower oil instead? Or a olive oil for nice flavor? Is heating necessary ...
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Identify KNO3 and KH2PO4 at home

I am not expert in chemistry. I need to find a way to identify a $\ce{KNO3}$ and $\ce{KH2PO4}$ powder at home. I suspect the seller gave me the wrong powder. What is a simple way to test between these ...
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Nuclear chemistry home made [closed]

A boy in Memphis built 1 year ago a nuclear fusion reactor at his home . How did he achieve so high temperatures in order for the fusion to take place?The fusion that took place was 2 atoms of ...
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Glass with a low melting point?

What kind of glass can I purchase that will melt in a Bunsen burner flame? Is there any way to treat glass such that the melting point is lowered? I tried adding some sodium hydroxide but the glass ...
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Chalk and vinegar

So, I wanted to make calcium acetate, through the reaction of calcium carbonate and vinegar. My proposed reaction: $$\ce{2CH3COOH(aq) + CaCO3(aq) -> Ca(CH3COO)2(aq) + CO2(g) + H2O(l)}$$ It seems ...
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How explosive is hydrogen gas?

I want to electrolyze water to get oxygen and hydrogen. I want to mix them in a regular balloon and ignite it. How much hydrogen would you need in a 2:1 ratio with air for it to be dangerous? Is this ...
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How to determine the vapor pressure of a glycerine and propylene glycol mixture?

I am looking to calculate the minimum heat needed to create vapor from a specific mixture. I have a mixture of 60 % $\ce{C3H8O3}$ (glycerine) and 40 % $\ce{C3H8O2} $ (propylene glycol, propane-1,2-...
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How would you separate sugar from water?

I'm a student and I've been getting interested in chemistry. I really like experiments and was brainstorming of possible things to try out, one of them was separating a homogeneous mixture. I thought ...
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Melting point of obsidian

I have tried 4 experiments at various temperatures to melt obsidian. At varying temperatures it just bubbles up and I don't seem to reach a melting point. Do you know what gases obsidian might ...
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How can I increase the viscosity of dilute hydrochloric acid

I'm cleaning the mortar off a new clinker brick wall. Walls actually. I hate this job. The builder told me to wash down the wall with weak HCl, leave it for a minute or two, and then spray it off with ...
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How much yeast is necessary to produce the same amount of carbon dioxide that I exhale?

I think I might have bed bugs. I read that bed bugs are attracted to $\ce{CO2}$ and heat, I also know that yeast produces $\ce{CO2}$ as a waste product. Knowing that, I did some research and found ...
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Citric acid chelates calcium carbonate more than ethanoic acid, why does this result in a faster rate of reaction?

I performed an experiment using egg shells (calcium carbonate) to represent teeth and reacted the calcium carbonate with acids. When measuring the rate of reaction citric acid had a higher rate of ...
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Decomposition of iron(III) acetate?

I recently asked about the synthesis of iron (III) acetate. I want a rather concentrated solution to use as a calligraphy ink (which will be dissolved in alcohol/water). Will it be okay to heat the ...
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What easy to conduct (at home) reactions could yield solid carbon?

I am trying to isolate pure carbon in its elemental form. Are there any decomposition reactions or other easy to carry out reactions to yield solid carbon? and in the case that it is isolated, does it ...
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Silicone vs Alcohol

The type of silicone sealant that you would buy at your local hardware store. Would it break down when exposed to 90% mixture of isopropyl alcohol?
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Is there an easy way to test for the amount of iron (Fe) in water?

I have a rusty metal rainwater tank, and I'd like to find the amount of iron in the water. (The water I've collected is perfectly clear.) How would chemists in the 1800's have gone about this? What ...
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How to make rheoscopic fluid using glycol stearate flakes

Rheoscopic fluid can be made by adding mica powder to water. I read that mica powder can settle and condense after sitting around for a long time. So I want to use glycol stearate flakes instead. ...
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How is solid PVA filament (for 3D printing) synthesized?

Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA; also referred to as: PVOH, PVAl) filament--the sacrificial support polymer filament used in 3D printing, how is that made? All the reactions I've seen that make PVA create a ...
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Is it known for sure that bases feel slippery because of the production of soap/surfactant?

Discussion around the question Why does bleach feel slippery? has started me thinking about the saponification explanation for the slippery feeling of basic solutions. According to Wikipedia: ...
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Yama Cold Brew Tower: what are these lab parts / components?

When viewing this on a shopping web site, one of the reviewers indicates "This is about 50-60 [dollars] worth of pyrex glass and another 20 [dollars] worth of wood." The company charges $499 for this ...
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What governs the amount of smoke produced by an extinguished match?

First Chemistry question, so apologies if this isn't quite in the spirit of this SE. I have noticed that when extinguishing a lit match by blowing it out, the amount of smoke produced can vary widely....
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Is citric acid is a anti foaming agent? [closed]

I added citric acid in my dish washing liquid. It stopped foaming. Iwant my liquid again to foam. because I prepared 4 litres of liquid. Please let me know how can i get back my liquid foam. please ...
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Is there an easy way to make PVC from PVA?

Say, I took Elmer's glue (or a similar Polyvinyl Acetate) and I inserted some Chlorine Tabs and warm it up while stirring. Would the electronegative Chlorine turn some of it it into Polyvinyl ...
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Experiment to prove that water has air

In elementary school, there was an experiment to show that water has dissolved air, which involved boiling some water and observing the drops at the surface of the container, and this proved that ...
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What is the chemical reaction in a home-made high-bouncer ball?

I took the kids to the Science Museum in Canberra (Questacon) and one of the toys we brought back was a Home-Made High Bouncing Ball. Now I did it with the kids and it was amazing. You pour the ...
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Removal of water from sulfuric acid

Suppose I have a dehydration reaction of methanol to produce methoxymethane: $$\ce{2 CH3OH(l) ->[H_2SO_4] C2H6O(g) + H2O(l)}$$ Usually, people will use sulfuric acid to dehydrate the methanol. ...
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Safe endothermic reaction that gets below freezing?

I have a project/idea I am working on but I am only 14 years old and I need some help. I'm looking for an endothermic reaction that gets below freezing, but the chemicals before the reaction and ...
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How to separate HCl and NaOH from an aqueous solution of NaCl?

At home I make experiments on salt (as it is easily available at home). One day I came to know that on mixing salt and water I will get Hydrochloric Acid and Sodium Hydroxide. So I became really ...
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Can I replace potassium nitrate with sodium nitrate in a smoke bomb?

A very famous experiment goes like this: $\ce{KNO3}$, molten wax and sugar are mixed and later burnt; the resulting mixture produces quite a lot of smoke. After hearing about the experiment, I ...
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Full equation when using vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and salt to etch copper

What is the full chemical equation when you use the following reactants to etch copper: vinegar / acetic acid (5%) $\ce{CH3COOH (aq)}$ hydrogen peroxide (3%) $\ce{H2O2 (aq)}$ salt $\ce{NaCl (s)}$ ...
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Acrylic container and electrolysis

Normally when you do electrolysis, you would use a glass container. Would it be wise to use a acrylic container? I have one spare but not sure if this would affect the electrolysis process. Is there ...
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Will this reaction form magnesium carbonate?

I have magnesium oxide pills I take. I know if I dissolve them they'll form magnesium hydroxide, and I'm trying to make pure magnesium from my pills. I've come up with a double replacement reaction, ...
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Most effective means of removing coffee stains from carpet

I have several old coffee stains on a carpet. Googling "coffee stain removal" reveals a variety of suggested cleaning substances-- vinegar, baking soda, laundry detergent, etc. I have used all of ...
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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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Lysol and bleach

I mixed Lysol with bleach and observed that the container became very hot. What reaction occurs between Lysol and bleach, and could it be dangerous or explosive?
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Is there a danger in electrolyzing NaCl?

To make $\ce{NaOH}$ one could electrolyze a solution of $\ce{NaCl}$ in water ($\ce{H2O}$) It would go like this: $$\ce{2H2O_{(l)} + 2Cl-_{(aq)} + 2Na+_{(aq)} -> H2_{(g)} + Cl2_{(g)} + Na+_{(aq)} + ...

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