A subreddit for building your own lab at home and doing chemistry in it.
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I would like to see this site grow into helping one another explore chemistry, since nothing teaches us better than hands on experimentation, but given this is a new subreddit it has the potential to go very bad.
First and foremost, illicit drugs and illegal substances will not be synthesized here. Common reagents that may be controlled I don't mind as much.
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I live in Israel and I can't find anywhere to buy nitric acid online, and when I looked on how to make it, you needed hydrochloric acid which I did manage to find on ebay but it was more expensive then all the money I spent on equipment, and was a very small amount. Where do I get acids?
Are there any cheap european vendors who sell alot of stuff? I know of S3 chemicals in germany but maybe there are cheaper alternatives in some eastern european countries maybe?
I made what I thought was schweizer’s reagent from copper acetate (made from copper metal vinegar and h2o2) and then added ammonia but it’s not dissolving cotton. Is it something with the acetate interfering with the complex or could it be too dilute? It turned the characteristic azure blue so I know somethings going on…
I really want to start doing home chemistry, I decided I will pick a project idea and buy the necessary equipment for it, and then eventually as I do more projects get all the equipment for a home lab.
I want to start with something safe so that I won't hurt myself, so preferably no acids or something like that. It would also be really cool if the project was not super complicated as I am new to chemistry and I want to understand it. Thanks.
Bought some leather shoes at Goodwill.
My idea is to put them in a large kitchen trash bag with an open container of clorox bleach for a couple of days. No liquid will actually touch the shoes. I'll tie off the top of the bag and it will be in a drafty garage safe from people and pets.
Will the fumes coming off the bleach kill most of the fungus & bacteria?
Can I enhance the killing power of the fumes with vinegar? Thanks.
I’m wondering if there are any brick and mortar stores where one can go for lab equipment? I’m located in Idaho. Any thoughts greatly appreciated thank you all
I just evaporated several liters of hydrogen peroxide by heating it in liter sized beakers at 90° - 95° C. The 3% peroxide bottles I was using do not list any other ingredients besides H2O2 and purified H2O, yet there are large amounts of suspended precipitates in the concentrated liquid. About 0.4 grams of Precipitate remain for each liter evaporated.
Does anyone have a clue about what's going on here? What are the precipitates? Could these precipitates be stabilizers or products of stabilizers that have reacted with the H2O2? If so, shouldn't they be listed on the bottle? What compounds are typically used as stabilizers & what are their chemistries? The precipitates are a tannish color and somewhat water soluble.
Instead of running my vacuum for hours while distilling, am I able go just pull the amount of vacuum I need and then seal the system closed with a ball valve and turn off the vacuum so that the glass system stays under vacuum while being able to still distill under reduced pressure so I don’t need to run the vacuum endlessly?
It wouldn’t create pressure inside and explode the glass because i’ve already reduced the pressure right?
I've been making copper acetate with copper wire and vinegar.
Are there other easy ways to make chemical reactions like that?
preferably with common household stuff!
any help or links to decent products would be appreciated
I see some experiments that say a fume hood is highly recommended/required but I'm working in my shed that has a large garage door, and I have access to high-quality full-face gas masks that I use for my job (not to mention that even if I didn't have them for my job it would still be leagues cheaper than buying a fume hood), is there any danger in producing large amounts of toxic vapor if it gets dispersed though the garage door and any coming across my face on the way will get stopped by the gas mask?
While you're here is it worth it to get a hotplate with a digital temperature reading? Thanks in advance for any replies.
EDIT: Thanks for the info, considered deleting this because some of y'all went into me about this but I thought it may be a good idea to keep it up just in case anyone else had the same idea. To clarify I haven't even found a place to buy glassware or anything for that matter, I am very much in the learning stage and am still doing research on what's safe to do (this post included) thank you for the people that explained why this is a horrible idea.
As stated in title, been wearing regular safety glasses for years but looking for something better.
I have a solution with lot of chloride - wis there something I can add to precipitate it out?