How to Set Up a Lab at Home

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how to set up a lab at home

Due to some certain issues, I haven’t had the chance to write an article for a while and I gravely apologize for that. So to make up for it I decided to write this one to guide you on how to set up a lab at home also because a few people have been having trouble with that.

Setting up your lab can be an extraordinary step up on your science journey, you get your own working space, you’re free to do whatever you want and it gives you that extra experience.

who knows you could even be the next Marie Curie or John Dalton of our time.

How to Set Up a Lab At Home

Even as fun as it sounds they’re still some challenges you’re going to face, and usually, the first challenge goes like this

You set up your lab all neat and cool and then you look around and realize you have no idea what to do in it. This is what I came across when setting up my own and I felt like I had no idea what I was doing.

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To avoid this the first step you should take when setting up your lab is to think about the purpose of that lab, it shouldn’t be just for fun because eventually, you’ll get bored.

After thinking about the purpose of your lab you can move on to the next step.

Getting Lab Space

how to set up a lab at home

To avoid incidents of poisoning and explosions from tearing your house apart you’ll need to take your work somewhere else.

It doesn’t need to be really big or really far, just somewhere that will suit your needs perfectly.

You can use your garage or a shed for this bit

When picking your space some of the necessities you should be looking out for are:

  • Access to running water
  • Good ventilation
  • Enough space for you to move around

And that’s pretty much it, if your space has most of these few things I’ve stated above then you’re good to go.

Getting Your Lab Equipment

how to set up a lab at home

A lab without equipment is never complete, you’re going to need something to carry out important experiments.

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But not all your lab equipment needs to be bought, here are some easily accessible items right at your home.

-glass jars
-glass bottles 
-glass vase
-metal or plastic tubes (i.e. from pens,)
-wire hangers: you can shape these into a number of useful contraptions with pliers
-ashtray: for dealing with molten glass or igniting a substance. 
-aluminum cans: top can be cut off with a can opener and used as a container. 
-spice vials 
-plastic containers and organizers
-latex, neoprene, or nitrile  gloves
-boxes (for storing)
-knives
 -sponges
-rags or old clothing for cleaning/polishing
-cloth pins 
-glass or steel rod
-scrap wood 
-school supply boxes 
-clamps
-lighters/matches
-super glue
-corks (@Michaels)
-candles
-toothbrush -as cleaning utensil
-spray bottle
-funnel and coffee filters for filtering solutions 

If it’s a very large lab that you’d want to carry out your research with then I’d advise you to get some professional materials from Jumia.

You can pick and buy the things you want online and they’ll deliver it to you, it just saves a whole load of stress of buying materials and carrying them all the way to your house.

I searched and filtered out the best available ones on their website, you can get there by clicking here

Getting Your Chemicals

How to set up a lab at home

Be wary of the safety and storage measures for handling certain chemicals. It is often best to store chemicals in glass vials labeled with their formula and percent concentration.

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You should keep chemicals with large containers in their respective areas and only store a small sample of it in your lab.

This will save space and time. You will find yourself not having a certain chemical at some point in your amateur chemist career, so I will try to list the most useful chemicals to collect in my opinion. 

-Alcohol
-Butane
-Hydrogen Peroxide
-Glycerin 
-Clorox Bleach 
-Salt
-Distilled Water
-Potassium Chloride (salt substitute)
-Clear Vinegar
-Ammonia
-Acetone
-Hydrochloric Acid
-Sulfuric Acid (certain brands of drain opener or at a local auto shop) 
-Borax

You can get some of these at your local pharmacy, or store.

Safety

how to set up a lab at home

It will be foolish not to think about the safety of not only yourself but also others.

As a chemist, most of the experiments we do in the lab are involve acids and chemicals that are likely explosive making the lab a very dangerous place to be in without any safety precautions.

To ensure your safety and prepare your self for any future incidents you’ll need a few things like

  • A fire extinguisher or a bucket of sand
  • Gloves
  • Covertoe shoes
  • A lab coat
  • A bucket of water in case of an acid spill

So that’s it on how to set up a lab at home, if you’re doing exactly what is on this article I’d love to hear how your doing so let me know in the comment section.


1 Comment

Anonymous · April 19, 2020 at 3:19 pm

Superb, I’d love to get started immediately

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