How to Mix Chlorine Dioxide


Chlorine dioxide is a chemical compound that is a mixture of two chemical elements, and has the formula ClO2. It exists in the form of a yellowish-green gas, and at certain temperatures, this gas crystallizes as orange crystals -- typically around -59 °C. ClO2 is used chiefly in starch, soap, flour, and in water purification and paper bleaching. Chlorine dioxide is an explosive gas, therefore caution must be taken before handling the compound. Chlorine dioxide can also be very hard on the stomach and can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Due to its unstable nature, it needs to be prepared immediately before use.

Things You'll Need

  • MMS
  • glass beaker or container
  • 10% citric acid or 50% citric acid
  • 8 ounces of purified water

One Drop of Chlorine Dioxide

  • Put one drop of MMS in a small glass. You may want to ensure that the container in which you are mixing chlorine dioxide is made of glass.

  • Mix in five drops of 10% citric acid or one drop of 50% citric acid. Either one will acheive the same results.

  • Gently stir the solution periodically for three minutes.

  • Add 6 to 8 ounces of purified water and gently stir.

Two Drops of Chlorine Dioxide

  • Put two drops of MMS in a small glass.

  • Mix in ten drops of 10% citric acid or two drops of 50% citric acid.

  • Stir the solution periodically for three minutes.

  • Add 6 to 8 ounces of purified water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Chlorine dioxide has many uses in industrial procedures and in medical science. Due to its unstable nature, you will need to throw away any remaining mixture because it will not be useful for more than two hours.

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