That is scary stuff, I handle the sparex with latex gloves and
Appropriate for the dry chemical, if you’re the cautious type. Dry
chemical contacting a bit of moisture would make a quite caustic
solution that could cause burns. You might also consider a dust
mask. If, in pouring the chemical, you get airborn dust, then that’s
not good at all for your lungs. I’d guess that might be an even more
intellegent precaution than the plastic spoons and gloves. Also, you
don’t need plastic spoons though they’re fine if you wish. But
stainless steel is also fine. Don’t leave it soaking in the sparex,
since it will slowly be etched, but just for mixing up the stuff? no
As a general rule NEVER introduce chemicals into your mouth.
It helps to know about each chemical, and it’s risks. Some
chemicals are exceedingly toxic even in tiny amounts, but remember
that sugar and salt are also chemicals, and I enjoy putting both in
my mouth. Also, it has a lot to do with concentrations. I can go to
the photo darkroom supply store and buy glacial acetic acid. That
stuff will cause severe burns faster than you can yell, if it hits
skin. but diluted down to about 5 percent, you’ve got it in your
kitchen labeled vinegar, and then it tastes quite good in a salad.
You are certainly right that the general rule about not getting
chemicals in your mouth is true. But in this case, my practice is
not, as i’ve said, particularly risky. It’s all about
concentrations, and the specific chemical involved. You DO have to
know what you’re doing. I don’t taste the pickle pot if I think
it’s too strong. Just to get a quick check on whether I’ve got
enough in it yet. Often, what seems like it should be enough is
only a mildly sour taste, and then I know I need more… Please
don’t get the idea that I’m actually ingesting this. that would be
overstating what I’m doing, carefully and gingerly.
therefore tasting anything thats states "POISON CAUSES BURNS"
such as sparex would be suicidal.
I’m not dead yet. And see above Re: vinegar and acetic acid.
unfamiliar with the PH- and since sparex does such a great job
will continue using it.
Sparex is Sodium Bisulphate. As packaged, it seems to be a rather
impure form, perhaps a repackaged industrial by product source, and
certainly not a particularly carefully prepared product, as evidenced
by the ugly brown scum it forms in a pickle pot. Ph-down, spa down,
and similar products are less expensive, yet apparently pure formes
of the same chemical, and sold in hardware stores and the like. They
work exactly the same as Sparex, except they don’t leave the brown
residue on your pickle pot.