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Do You Know Your Basic Household Chemistry?

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  1. What's in household bleach?

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    Sodium Hypochlorite
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    Sodium Hypochlorite
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    Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate
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    Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate
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    Potassium Hydroxide
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    Potassium Hydroxide
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    Sodium Hypochlorite!

    In most cases, the active ingredient in household bleach is sodium hypochlorite. Dilute sodium hypochlorite is also used in what's known as a Dakin's solution, which is used to treat wounds.

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  2. What's represented in this model?

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    Ammonia
    Table Salt
    Potassium Chloride
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    Table Salt!

    Sodium Chloride makes everything taste so much better. It also changes the freezing and boiling points of water, making our pasta cook faster and helping our sidewalks freeze over more slowly.

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  3. What is this chemical commonly found in glass cleaners?

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    Ethyl Alcohol
    Ammonia
    Nitrate
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    Ammonia!

    Technically ammonium hydroxide. This stuff leaves a streak-free mirror, and is also useful in the advent of a jellyfish sting.

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  4. What is baking soda?

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    Sodium Bicarbonate
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    Sodium Bicarbonate
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    Sodium Benzoate
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    Sodium Benzoate
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    Potassium Bicarbonate
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    Potassium Bicarbonate
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    Sodium Bicarbonate!

    The hint is in the word "soda", like "sodium". This alkaline stuff reacts with acids to produce bubbles. It's a must have for yeast free baking, and 4th grade science projects.

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  5. Which of the following contains acetic acid?

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    Mustard!

    Acetic acid is what gives vinegar its tang, and mustard gets some of its familiar zip from vinegar.

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Do You Know Your Basic Household Chemistry?

Oh boy ...

Just never mix ammonia and bleach, okay buddy?

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