pH of 10 Common Household Liquids

Acids and bases are a part of our daily lives! Curious chemists explore the pH of such solutions as shampoo, sriracha, and glass cleaner through a video from Socratica's Chemistry Lessons series. The narrator predicts what she thinks the pH of each substance will be, then tests it using a digital pH meter.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The video makes a great way to kick off an acid-base chemistry unit
  • Bring additional examples to class, then test their pHs with a meter or indicator solution
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be aware of the properties of acids and bases
Pros

  • The video uses well-known examples to illustrate the concept of pH, making it very relatable
  • Narrator stresses the properties of acids and bases as she tests each item
Cons

  • None
Common Core