I had been itching to try out the citric acid process
which I'd read so much about, I decided to speed up the
process. LOML let me use a 9X13 glass pan and I mixed up
a concoction of concentrated lemon juice and sulfamic
acid which I use to clean the water distiller.
So far so
good... Then I remember someone saying that it worked better at
warmer temperatures so I took the process back to the
kitchen--it being warmer than the basement. Sooooo, I put my
concoction and a few old pieces of metal tooling that needed
serious de-rusting on the kitchen counter.
Later that day
LOML informs me that this stuff really stinks and that perhaps
it would be better off elsewhere. But, knowing that I couldn't
move a 9X13 pan without spilling the stuff I decided to take
LOML's cutting board and just cover the pan.
Next day, the
tools look great and I go back to my workshop confident in a job
well done. Later SWMBO greets me with her cutting board in hand
with the observation that the cutting board has an intolerable
Next I see the
board covered with a baking soda paste. Eldest son--the
chef--stops by and observes that there is a strange odor in the
kitchen and confers with his mother. I volunteer to
cut a new cutting board. But, I am reminded that this cutting
board has been in her kitchen for 30 years and she doesn't want
a different cutting board.
I have been
banned from the kitchen with any more science projects. I had
been contemplating making a milk frother using the whistling tea
kettle, but it just didn't seem like a good time to bring up
My citric acid
Paul Schobernd in Normal,