How To: Dissolve glass with drain cleaner

Dissolve glass with drain cleaner

Watch this science video tutorial from Nurd Rage on how to dissolve glass with drain cleaner. They show you how to dissolve that glass with sodium hydroxide (drain cleaner).

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.

Brought to you by one of WonderHowTo's favorite scientists NurdRage. Check out their webpage for more information as well as the reaction equation for dissolviing a glass.

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Pretty cool, wont try it myself though, looks lethal stuff.

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