Getting Chemicals

It’s hard to do chemistry without chemicals. Robert Bruce Thompson’s page “Chemicals on the Cheap” is a great read, and has lots of good suggestions on where and how to get chemicals. He also explains how many chemicals can be made from reacting more common precursors to obtain new chemicals. This PDF by David Katz et. al also contains useful sources of many common chemicals.

Quite a few chemicals are available from Bunnings hardware, such as copper sulphate, zinc sulphate, iron sulphate, acetone, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide and more. Others such as hydrogen peroxide and glycerine are available from a chemist or pharmacy. Still other chemicals, such as iodine and silver nitrate, are much harder to obtain. EBay is a possibility, however many of the chemicals listed seem almost as expensive as from a proper chemical supplier.

The chemicals I have at the moment are listed below, along with their sources:

Others which I have yet to buy are:

For more ideas, see Robert Bruce Thompson’s list of suggested chemicals.


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