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LibArtie November 7th, 2017 9:48pm

How come acids, which are sold in plastic containers, don’t destroy their containers?

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knetzere Illinois
11/08/17 7:16 am

Depends on your acid and your plastic

LibArtie SW Connecticut
11/07/17 4:55 pm

Clever, but believe it or not, I had to Google the name.

cpaswr just say the letters
11/07/17 4:58 pm


jfish82285 Tennessean in Colorado
11/07/17 2:58 pm

To put it in a non-complex manner, the chemicals in the acid do not react to those in the plastic, so no reaction takes place, no heat or gas is generated, and the plastic of course does not dissolve.

LibArtie SW Connecticut
11/07/17 3:02 pm

Thanks jf. I guess I’m wondering why that is, but don’t try to explain it to me. I’m sure I wouldn’t understand.

jfish82285 Tennessean in Colorado
11/07/17 3:17 pm

Well, I could go further into depth into why there is no reaction, but it would depend on the specific acid and whatever the chemical formula for plastic is. I’d be perfectly willing to explain when I have the time and if you’re up for it, though.

LibArtie SW Connecticut
11/07/17 3:19 pm

Thank you buddy! Look at the picture in the link for starters.

mudkip17 United States of Texas
11/07/17 2:54 pm

really depends in the acid and the plastics being used but put in short, plastic is very non polar and acid is polar. so basically they're too opposite and the basic rule is "like dissolves like"

11/10/17 4:53 pm

The concentration of the acid is a factor as well.