Quicklime is used to remove acidic acids from a power station chimney and as a way of cleaning silica from a blast furnace. It is also used as a main ingredient in cement and in paper mills. More »

Many of the paint strippers available in the stores contain potent ingredients that can be harmful to your health. Making your own clean and green paint remover involves a few inexpensive ingredients, such as washing sod... More »

Lime water, a quicklime-water solution, is added to seawater aquariums to increase the calcium and alkalinity in the water. The calcium-rich lime water replaces the calcium used by sea creatures, such as coral, mollusks ... More »

Potato batteries use the acids in the potato to start a reaction with two electrodes made of different metals that cause electrons to flow from one to the other through the potato, producing power. The potato acts as a s... More »

Silicon dioxide, or silica, is a chemical compound that is the main component of sand, glass and quartz. By processing sand at high temperatures, glass is formed. Sand, and therefore glass, may also contain other mineral... More »

Adding salts, oxidizers and acids to the water speeds up the process, causing rust to appear faster on the surface of the metal, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Rust occurs in the presence of iron, water and... More »

Proteins are polymers of amino acids. Polymers are large molecules made of similar or identical subunits called monomers. More »