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Does heating a sodium hydroxide solution create fumes? Answered


I want to do the chemistry trick where you turn pennies into a silver and gold color. I am looking to do this by heating a sodium hydroxide solution with zinc metal and then adding pennies. I just need to know if I can do this in my garage on my hotplate or if I should do it outside because of fumes.
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tylervitale
tylervitale

9 years ago

I've done this experiment first hand.
The only fumes it gives off is water vapor, and the experiment itself is pretty safe.
Make sure to wear safety goggles though!

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lemonie
lemonie

9 years ago

I think that you do better with acid.

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The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 9 years ago

Yes, it sounds like an acid experiment.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

9 years ago

I would do it outside because of potential bad smells from unknown contaminants, plus the hazard of spilled caustic chemicals (you can just hose spills down in the garden).