Let's get started!!
Step 1: Materials
Cheap vinegar- undiluted acetic acid may also be used
Bleach- It is important that the bleach is Clorox or a similar beach that has oxygen in it, normally in the form of sodium hypochlorite.
Some kind of rubber or latex gloves- Yes for safety but more so for the smell
Three plastic cups or glass beakers- At least one should be clear so that observations can be made.
Painter's steel wool- Not the dish washing type with soap, just simple steel wool
Plastic wrap- To cover reaction beaker
Two coffee filters (not required)
All mixing should take place on a hard, non-porous surface to avoid staining. Also, leave the cup or beaker outside or in a well ventilated area, like a hood, so that your work space doesn't get fumey.
Step 2: Cleaning the Steel Wool
After the steel wool is clean it must be squeezed to remove most of the vinegar (it is not important to remove all of the vinegar because the next solution that the wool will be bathed in will also have vinegar.) This can be done over a slop sink. Do this with a glove on.
If you are not afraid to get smelly hands at this point you can touch the wool and feel that it has became warm due to an exothermic reaction.
Note- You may notice that some rust has began to form at the bottom of the vinegar solution, this will be collected later so do not throw out the cup yet.
Step 3: Quick Rust Solution
leave this cup until all of the steel wool has reacted. There is a chance that all of the steel wool will not react. If this is the case remove the wool and place it in a cup of bleach until all of the steel wool reacts.
Step 4: Filtering and Rust Collection
Hold the filter in the cup
pour the solution into the filter, slowly
Look in the cup to check if any rust has made it through the filter, if not the filtering process can be continued over a sink
at the end you should have a cup of rust and a rusty filter
let both dry and knock the rust into a storage container
Repeat the same steps for the Clorox solution.
Step 5: Final Product
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