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Questions regarding chemical and lab safety. This includes questions about proper lab procedure, safe chemical handling, and such.

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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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can i use an isobutane stove (like jetboil) or butane blowtorch with borosilicate glass?

I don't have a bunsen burner, but have a camping stove (similar to https://www.amazon.com/Stansport-183-B-Isobutane-Backpack-Stove/dp/B004EPWM5S) and a blow torch. I'd like to do some distillation ...
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316 stainless steel and high concentration, high temperature Hydrogen Peroxide

I'm looking at doing some experiments with small scale rocketry and I need to find the right materials for this project, where I will be burning through lots of HTC (peroxide above 90% concentration). ...
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Spraying difluoroethane into an enclosed space

I'm working on developing physics lab activities that my students can do at home during the covid quarantines. For an activity involving waves and thermodynamics, I came up with an experiment at home ...
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Treating styrene in the atmosphere

I was actually inspired to ask this question in certain circumstances. In the outskirts of my city, there happened to be a styrene gas leak early morning today which killed thirteen and hospitalized ...
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How much time liquid mercury takes to evaporate?

I asked before about a thermometer that I broke yesterday. To summarize, I broke a mercury thermometer in my bedroom, which is a place where is difficult to have sure that I get rid of all mercury, ...
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cheap anti-fog agent!

What are some safe and widely available alternatives to specifically formulated anti-fog sprays/treatments? Specifically for use on glasses, goggles, and face shields.
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Putting sanitiser in PVC bottles [closed]

can I put hand sanitiser in PVC bottles or must the bottles be PET. With the shortage of bottles I am keen to know if a 70% ethanol or isapropyl based sanitiser will distort or soften a PVC bottle in ...
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Safety of IPA and sodium hypochlorite mixture?

Is the mixture of 97% isopropyl alcohol and 0.5% of sodium hypochlorite safe? Do they react together and form any compounds ? Does this mixture present more danger to humans and animals than its ...
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At what temperature does a polyester release toxic gases?

I've bought a "Shrinky Dinks" printable sheets and now I'm feeling unsure about using it since I've read that heating polyester materials may be very harmful for health, and the final purpose of this ...
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Producing hydrogen sulfide at home - how dangerous is it? [closed]

When I was a kid, I used to go to the pharmacy to buy sulfur and iron powder, then mix it together and heat it until it starts to react into iron sulfide. Put a chunk of iron sulfide into some vinegar,...
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Is sodium percarbonate the safest and by weight the most efficient oxygen generator? [closed]

I have been reading about $\ce{Mn}$-catalyzed reaction of sodium percarbonate and water to produce gaseous oxygen in medical emergency situations. This seems safe due to its reagents and products, ...
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Formic acid and carbon monoxide outgassing from latex mattress

Formic acid is used as a coagulant to turn rubber tree sap into latex, formic acid also decomposes to carbon monoxide. Does this mean things like latex mattresses have the potential to off-gas carbon ...
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Is it safe to touch salts given to you for analysis? [closed]

In our chemistry practical paper (High school level), Inorganic salt analysis is one of the questions asked. We are given a petri dish with a sample of salt and are asked to find the cation and anion ...
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Lab goggle recommendations?

I'm taking my first chemistry class with a laboratory component this quarter. My first laboratory session was earlier this evening (observing simple metathesis reactions). While I found the lab work ...
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Neutralizing a sulfuric acid spill

From my AP Chem Prep Book: What should you do if you spill sulfuric acid on the countertop? A) Neutralize the acid with vinegar. B) Sprinkle solid NaOH on the spill. C) Neutralize the acid with ...
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What happens when these 3 chemicals are mixed in air? [closed]

What happens when these 3 chemicals are mixed in air? Pentanone/Di-isopropyl Ketone (2,4-Dimethyl-3-Pentanone) Iodine, reagent grade Sodium Iodide, reagent grade. The 3 parts make up a liquid in ...
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Safety requirements for the laboratory work with salts of heavy metals [closed]

So I am going to start a set of experiments involving the following metal nitrates: Cobalt nitrate hexahydrate Barium nitrate Cerium nitrate hexahydrate Ammonium nitrate nonahydrate Iron(II) nitrate ...
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How dangerous is the Mercury-Thallium filled thermometer? [closed]

What's the amount of Mercury and Thallium in a typical low-temperature thermalmeter? How poisonous is Thallium when bounded with Mercury?
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How to dispose of NaOH solution? [closed]

I have a range of sodium hydroxide solutions with different concentrations. (from 1.0 mol dm^-3 to 0.5 mol dm^-3). The max volume of each is 100ml. How can you easily dispose of these? Can I pour them ...
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Will ground glass joints relieve pressure non-catastrophically?

I need to heat a fluid for seven days at a time. The fluid goes in round bottom flask that is suspended in a water bath. The test fluid will decompose and generate a small amount of gas over time. ...
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Appropriate container for storing/keeping chromic acid? [closed]

I am planning to make chromic acid, however I the information for keeping chromic acid are conflicting. Can it be stored in a glass bottle even though it's used as a glass etchant? Also I saw some ...
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Distillation of oxalyl chloride

May I use water as a condensing medium while distilling out oxalyl chloride? As oxalyl chloride reacts with water and the products are $\ce{HCl},$ $\ce{CO}$ and $\ce{CO2},$ when there is a leak or ...
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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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Why chemicals bottles (plastic) have paper seals?

I have my film developer and fixer in the plastic bottles, also I have glycerine and propylene glycol. They all have paper seals (in caps) that those chemicals get wet and destroy - they just fell ...
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How to estimate the maximum chlorine hazard from 1 g of Palladium(II) chloride? [closed]

I plan to work with an electrolyte that contains 1 g of Palladium(II) chloride. I am trying to estimate how much of a hazard this system could possibly pose (and provide ventilation, chlorine ...
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Cup with vinegar/salt/copper solution previously in it ran through dishwasher

Someone enjoys making jewelry, and saw an online tutorial saying that you can mix equal parts of vinegar and salt, and leave copper in it for a while to oxidize it, and turn it green. After doing ...
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Highly concentrated NaOH solution at high temperature vs borosilicate glassware and cellulose?

I've read here on stack-exchange that NaOH will react with glass through the following reaction: 4 NaOH + SiO2 ⤑ Na4SiO4 + 2 H2O I would like to briefly heat a highly concentrated NaOH solution to ...
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What kind of metal drums are used to store Hydrochloric Acid?

I would expect Hydrochloric Acid to be stored exclusively in glass or plastic containers, but I was surprised to find Honeywell offers it for sale in 30Kg metal drums (Link). I think Hydrochloric ...
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Safe & Convenient method to hydrate CaO into Ca(OH)2?

I'd like to prepare a solution of $\ce{Ca(OH)2}$ from $\ce{CaO}$. Ideally I guess I'd go for slowly adding the powder to a water-cooled round flask containing pure water but I have no mechanism to ...
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How can I neutralise H2 gas without burning it? [closed]

I was thinking of maybe making it bubble into a solution containing something that would react with H2 yielding either a dissolved substance or a precipitate from the reaction. Maybe a solution with ...
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What is the pale green solution from dissolving sodium hydroxide in a stainless steel flask?

I have previously used drain/sink cleaner gel based on sodium hydroxide but noticed that caustic soda crystals were a lot cheaper. I decided to experiment with making my own cleaner. I bought a 1 ...
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Safely mixing methanol and chloroform [closed]

Sorry for what is likely a naive question. I haven't worked with chemicals at all and have only had some brief lab safety instruction. I need to create a mixture of chloroform and methanol 2:1 for a ...
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Is there a quantitative test/analysis technique that can determine if some chloroform has degraded into phosgene?

Before I go to use any chemical that I've had in storage for a while, I try to check if it's degraded into something else (e.g.: checking the $\ce{H2O}$ content of $\ce{H2O2}$, checking for $\ce{H2O2}$...
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Why do most explosives have symmetrical chemical structures?

I was just turning the pages of my chemistry dictionary, when I found the structure of TNT (Trinitrotoluene): ...there after I got interested in its symmetry as an explosive, and started looking for ...
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Why should I not use different battery types together?

Everyone knows about this but I'm curious about why one should never mix batteries of different types. By type I mean the same shape of the cell like AAA but with different chemical reactions and ...
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Formaldehyde safety levels

I've obtained a simple air quality analyzer which measures several items, formaldehyde concentration among them. While I cannot vouch for its correctness, I found the values measured during the last ...
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Safe and responsible disposal of aluminum chloride?

This answer affirms that reacting aluminum with HCl is a (seemingly convenient) way to produce hydrogen for use in other experiments, but the byproduct, AlCl3, is rather nasty. What's the best way to ...
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What chemical regularly transported by road in the UK would cause serious injury/loss of life if it escaped in a road accident? [closed]

I'm writing a story where a serious multi-vehicle pileup happens in the winter during foggy weather. I need the fallout from this to include the escape of a substance that will cause significant ...
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Is it considered safe to sonicate with flammable solvents?

I use a sonicator at work in a cleaning process. It involves sonicating acetone, NMP, and IPA. We would like to move forward with other flammables as well. We currently do the work in a hood, but no ...
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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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What is the maximum concentration of HNO3 (nitric acid) which may be handled outside of a hood?

Commercial stock solutions of HNO3 (nitric acid) are usually 70% w/w, and according to several MSDSs (e.g. here), it is dangerous to inhale it: Symptoms/effects after inhalation : Irritation ...
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How can I get this glass stopper out? Need troubleshooting!

I placed a glass stopper in a $\pu{100 mL}$ round bottom flask while my solution was still warm and let it cool overnight. Now I think I created a vacuum seal and I can’t force the stopper out to ...
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Can 32% hydrochloric acid be stored in a milk jug (HDPE)?

Can $32\%$ ($20$-degree Baume) hydrochloric acid (typically found as 'muriatic acid' in hardware stores) be stored in a milk jug? I have read that acids can be safely stored in polyethylene bottles. ...
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Why add NaBH4 slowly to 4-t-butylcyclohexanone in ether solution? [Lab Procedure]

$\ce{NaBH4}$ is to be added slowly to 4-t-butylcyclcohexanone in ether solution according to laboratory procedures, but I am curious as to why that is? 4-t-butylcyclohexanone undergoes reduction with $...
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dangers of radiation question

At a recent flea market, someone was selling a surplus military device that was marked as having 900 millicuries and should be disposed of in a safe way. I picked it up to read the words. Whould 900 ...
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Safely lowering bleach pH without chlorine gas?

According to Eurekalert, by lowering the pH of household bleach (e.g., by adding vinegar or citric acid), we can increase $\text{[HOCl]}$ and consequently greatly improve the disinfecting capabilities ...
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Evaporation of concentrated formic acid and semi-concentrated sulfuric acid at room temperature

I recently looked at a reaction where CO is synthesized using formic acid and sulfuric acid, which seems to be one of the easier to control reactions for this, and obviously ventilation etc is ...
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Hazards of trivalent chromium and hexavalent chromium

I am examining a material safety data sheet that reports on trivalent and hexavalent chromium in chemical films. It covers each type where it is used in a product individually. Is there a practical ...
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Is Reverse Osmosis Sanitizer safe to use? [closed]

The Sanitizer is called Sani-System (For Reverse Osmosis). The purpose is to get rid of the bacteria within a Reverse Osmosis system (Priority is the tank: that holds the water) -- edit Safe meaning ...

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