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Fun Chemical Reactions to Conduct At Home

The world of chemistry, huge in itself, is something people often find difficult to comprehend and therefore take less interest in. Chemistry comprises many things; one of the major parts of it is “Chemical Reactions”. There are different sorts of chemical reactions, but did you know that you can conduct some of them at home? What if I told you that your kitchen is a lab in itself, with different sorts of products that are chemically reactive? You will surely find them interesting. If you feel bored at home, just remember that your kitchen is a lab.

This article will tell you about some chemical reactions that you can easily conduct at home and the procedure to do them. Fun, isn’t it? Let’s go ahead!


I will talk about 3 fun experiments here, so let’s hop into them right away!


Experiment 1: Volcano in the kitchen

The requirements for this experiment -

1) Flask or bottle

2) Water

3) Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)

4) Citric Acid

5) Dishwashing liquid

6) A container (mixing ingredients)

7) Spoon


Step 1: Fill more than half the flask with water. Then add some drops of dishwashing liquid and baking soda (5 tablespoons)

Step 2: In the container, dilute the citric acid. (5 tablespoons per 1.5 glass of water)

Step 3: The mixture in the flask /bottle should be stirred thoroughly. Slowly add diluted citric acid to the flask.

Observation: The foam starts to come out of the flask, like how lava comes out of a volcano.

Inference: The alkali (soda), when it reacts with the acid, gets neutralized which leads to the release of carbon dioxide which creates the foam and then forces it to flow out of the flask. The dishwashing liquid gives the foam a stronger bubbling effect.


Experiment 2: Invisible Ink

The requirements for this experiment -

1) Lemon

2) Glass

3) Paper

4) Candle

5) Water

6) Cotton bud


Steps-

1 – Take the glass, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice, and add a few drops of water. After adding, mix them well.

2 – Dip the cotton bud into the above mixture and take a paper. Write with the bud on the paper. Now let the paper dry.

3 – Now, hold it over a burning candle.


Observation: It is seen that text on the paper appears due to heat from the candle.


Inference: Lemon juice consists of an acid that, when at high temperatures, darkens.

Experiment 3: Polystyrene disappears in acetone?

The requirements for this experiment -

1) A bowl

2) Polystyrene (small pieces)

3) Acetone (Nail polish remover)

4) Rubber gloves


Steps:

1 – Take the bowl and fill it half full of the nail polish remover(acetone)

Now lower the pieces, the small pieces of polystyrene into the bowl containing acetone


Observation: The pieces of polystyrene start to disappear in

Inference: Polystyrene is a type of expanded Styrofoam (Styrofoam is a type of plastic that is light and strong at the same time. Since it contains air, it dissolves in the acetone


These are some experiments that you can do at home in your free time. This is all for now. I hope you like them! Stay tuned for more information!


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