Intro: Dissolve Glass With Drain Cleaner
Using sodium hydroxide (drain cleaner) we dissolve glass.
Glass is nearly invulnerable to chemicals and thus why it's the preferred material for chemical containers and reaction vessels. But when exposed to molten sodium hydroxide even glass will dissolve.
To perform the reaction a steel container is used as it's resistant to the sodium hydroxide.
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