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Sodium Hydroxide + aluminium + water
This gif shows a slightly sped up version of a classic chemistry experiment. When aluminium is added to a strong sodium hydroxide solution, it creates sodium aluminate and hydrogen gas. In this gif, the experiment is contained within this 2L Pepsi bottle. This means that the Hydrogen gas being produced greatly increases the pressure inside the bottle very quickly, weakening the plastic and causing it to explode.

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Sodium hydroxide is very corrosive. If you were in the vicinity of an exploding bottle of it, it would be very VERY bad for you. Here’s a list of why:
Sharp shrapnel from an exploding plastic bottle, highly corrosive liquid being thrown through the air towards your skin, this reaction is exothermic (you can see the liquid in the bottle boiling) so the corrosive is HOT, highly flammable hydrogen gas produced. This blog exists so that you don’t HAVE to try this at home. Don’t endanger your life and that of others. This GIF is for scientific demonstration purposes only.
This is the first in a series of GIFS for this Wednesday titled “Sodium Hydroxide + Things”.



Just researcher-y things ~
As suggested by khaleesri

This is definitely a BAD IDEA. Chemistry-grade ethanol is processed with methanol, which is impossible to fully separate from ethanol and TERRIBLY TOXIC to humans.

Not only that, but do you really know where those beakers have been? Do you know what could be trapped in those silica pores?

You want to get drunk like a chemist, get drunk responsibly. Go buy some Everclear and fresh beakers from Aldrich. At least then you won’t die from methanol or lead poisoning.