Easy Home-chemistry Experiments

Easy home-chemistry experiments are the perfect way to push your, or your child's, interest in this fascinating field of science. You don't have to own a full-fledged laboratory to experience the wonders that chemistry has to offer and there are plenty of things you can do at home, with things that are available freely around your home, to give this hobby a shot.

There are plenty of home-chemistry kits that will allow you to conduct easy home-chemistry experiments but if you find them too expensive, then you don't need to worry. Just find some plain utensils, a pair of safety gloves & goggles and you are all set to conduct your own chemistry experiments, in your own little lab that you can set up in your garage, in your kitchen, in your bathroom or even outside your home. Here are some easy home-chemistry experiments that you can practice your hands on!

Create your own Density Column

One of the most fun and easy home-chemistry experiments that's popular with kids is the density column. The column, basically, differentiates between various liquids based on their density, creating separate layers of liquid that rest neatly on top of each other. This can be an extremely colourful tower that becomes one of those great experiments that you can do quickly and sit on your shelf for a long time.

All you need is some honey, some corn syrup, some liquid dishwashing soap, a bit of water, vegetable oil, rubbing alcohol and lamp oil. These liquids are required in small quantities, so you won't even be pushing your home supplies to the limit. Then, you need a nice glass, say a martini glass, & a spoon, and you can start with your experiment. First, pour in the honey but make sure it doesn't touch the side of the glass.

Let the honey settle before pouring in the corn syrup. Use the back of the spoon to pour the corn syrup gently over the honey. If the corn syrup breaks the surface tension of the honey, then it will mix. Pour it slowly and patiently, slowly pulling your spoon out as the layer builds up. Similarly, add the remaining ingredients in this order - liquid dishwashing soap, followed by water, followed by vegetable oil, followed by rubbing alcohol and finally the lamp oil. Make sure you use the spoon in each case so that the liquids don't mix. What you will end up with is a colourful column of fluids that don't mix, creating a beautiful layer. Place it carefully on your shelf, without shaking it too much, and leave it standing there for as long as you want, completing your first easy home-chemistry experiment!

Make some Hot Ice Sculptures

Grab some baking soda and vinegar off of your kitchen shelf and you will find a unique way of creating drip-sculptures, also known as Hot Ice Sculptures. Pour a litre of vinegar into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. While it's coming to a boil, add about four tablespoons of baking soda but make sure you add it slowly. If you add it too quickly, the vinegar-baking soda mix will start frothing right there and overflow.

As you keep boiling it, the solution will keep getting more concentrated as the water, from the vinegar, starts evaporating. Use a medium heat and boil until a crystal-like layer starts forming on the surface. Remember, the surface should "look like" a crystal and not "become" crystalline. If it does, then just add a little water and keep stirring. Once the heating bit is done, immediately cover the saucepan to avoid further evaporation. Immediately put it into the fridge to chill.

Once the liquid has cooled down, it becomes a form of sodium acetate, which is crystalline in nature. However, your mixture won't be crystalline itself so you can start pouring it out. While it is pouring out, just touch the liquid with small sodium acetate (vinegar + baking soda crystal) crystals and it will start turning into ice as it falls. Keep pouring it out and you will keep dripping it over the hardening "hot ice", creating a hot ice sculpture. It is called "hot" ice because when the mixture comes into contact with the sodium acetate crystal, it emanates some heat, not dangerous amounts, while forming ice.

Make Ice Cream in a Bag

Feeling the urge to have some ice-cream? For this easy home-chemistry experiment, just pop in ¼ cup sugar, ½ cup milk, ½ cup whipped cream and ¼ teaspoon vanilla paste to a Ziploc bag and seal it tightly. Place ice and ½ cup to ¾ cup salt to in another, bigger, Ziploc bag. Put the Ziploc bag into the bigger bag and cover it, all around, with the ice-salt mix. Gently start rocking the bag back and forth for about 10 to 15 minutes. Your ice cream should be ready to eat!

There are thousands of easy home-chemistry experiments that you can do in the safety and ease of your own home, without putting yourself in any danger. These are simple ways to have fun with chemical properties of household items and in the end, you get a lot more out of it, in terms of education, than just a fun way to kill spare time. Gather all the kids around the home and show off your prowess for a fun-filled birthday or Christmas celebration with easy home-chemistry experiments.

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