One of the toughest obstacles to overcome when being an amateur chemist is obtaining the necessary reagents. Many chemicals needed to perform basic experiments are heavily regulated and nearly impossible to find. Luckily, a lot of these chemicals are readily available in some of the most common places.
One of those reagents that is regulated and fairly difficult to purchase is hydrochloric acid. Where can you buy HCl? At your grocery store! Even a hardware store or local WalMart will likely have it. Ofcourse, you can’t buy it in pure form. However, some toilet bowl clearners contain HCl. One such cleaner is called The Works. It contains approximately 20% hydrogen chloride. That”s quite a bit of HCl, and more than adequate to perform some pretty cool home experiments. Also, look for cleaners containing muriatic acid, which is just another name for hydrochloric acid.
Here are some alternate names to hydrochloric acid (HCl): chlorane, hydrogen chloride, muriatic acid, spirits of salt.
Leave us a comment and let us know if you know of any other places to get HCl!
Safety: Hydrochloric acid can be dangerous! It can easily burn your skin or any other part of your body it might come into contact with. Check out the MSDS for HCl.
You can also buy HCl on Amazon: