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What are ten examples of solutions that you might find in your home?

A solution is a homogenous mixture that contains two or more substances. Solutions contain a solvent (the substance that dissolves) and a solute (the dissolved substance). Household solutions often appear in the form of substances dissolved into water, such as juice from concentrate.

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Any substance dissolved in another substance is considered a solution. The solvent (the stuff that does the dissolving) in most household substances is water. So, anything dissolved in water would make a solution. The dissolved substance is called the solute. You can dilute a solution by adding more solvent or by taking away solutes. You can concentrate it by adding more solutes or taking away solvent.

Some juice cartons will say "juice from concentrate" in the ingredients list. The juice was first concentrated by evaporating the water (removing the solvent) and then diluted by adding water.

Examples of household solutions would include the following:

  • coffee or tea
  • sweet tea or coffee (sugar added to solution)
  • any juice
  • saltwater
  • bleach (sodium hypochlorite dissolved in water)
  • dishwater (soap dissolved in water)
  • carbonated beverages (carbon dioxide dissolved in water is what gives sodas their fizz)
  • powdered drinks

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Solutions are formed by mixing solute in a solvent. Thus, a solution is a homogeneous mixture. We can find a number of solutions in our homes. Here is a brief list:

  1. Salt water is formed when we mix salt (generally table salt) in water. Here, water is the solvent and salt is the solute.
  2. Sugar water is formed by mixing sugar in water.
  3. Mouthwash consists of a number of chemicals dissolved in water. 
  4. Tincture of iodine is obtained by dissolving crystals of iodine in alcohol.
  5. Soda contains sugar, carbon dioxide, color, etc. in water.
  6. Kool Aid contains sugar and color in water.
  7. Vinegar is obtained when we mix acetic acid in water.
  8. Hydrogen peroxide solution is typically a 3-6% solution of hydrogen peroxide. This is formed by mixing hydrogen peroxide in water.
  9. Detergent solution is obtained by mixing detergent in water.
  10. Window cleaner consists of a number of chemicals and fragrance in water. 

Hope this helps. 

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