Three chemistry lifehacks for your kitchen
Warning! Only under adult supervision
- metal spoon;
- bottle with glued label;
- warm baking soda solution;
- dish sponge;
- silicone sealant;
- white vinegar;
- glass surface.
Place some beef in a saucepan with water and let it simmer on the stove. After a while, foam forms on the surface – this is a mixture of water, air, beef fat, and protein. The foam is easily removed by touching it with an icy spoon. Do this several times to make the broth fat-free!
Immerse a bottle with a glued label in a warm solution of baking soda and leave for 5 minutes. Then take the bottle out and wash it with water – the label comes off easily! The remaining glue is easy to remove with a wet sponge.
Spilled some silicone sealant? Coat it with white vinegar. After 10 minutes, you’ll have no problem cleaning it up. You can use a dish sponge to speed up the process.
The beef fat in the foam solidifies at about 40°C (104°F). Therefore, it hardens easily and remains on the icy spoon!
When baking soda is dissolved in water, the solution medium becomes alkaline. This weakens the glue’s adhesive abilities, and the label is easy to peel off!
White vinegar is a solution of approximately 5% acetic acid. Under its influence, the long silicone molecules break down into smaller ones. Vinegar can help you remove even the most stubborn silicone sealant!
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