Touching on my previous thread of diapers being too heavy,
I realised that in our daily lives, there would be some emergency situations where we would be forced to dispose of them in a less detectable manner.
Info (can ignore, however read for discussion ):
SAP as we all know is the main contributing factor to a diaper's outstanding absorption. The most commonly used compound is Sodium Polyacrylate a chemical that absorbs "distilled water" very well due to hydrogen bonding with H2O, which forms a malleable lattice.
However in the presence of a saline solution (not urine.. the concentrations of Na+ are much lower) due to the cation Na+, SAP's absorbency is greatly diminished. Thus we want to know what happens when pure table salt is mixed into a diaper.
Can some people do this experiment for the love of science, for the love of diapers, and for their care towards any community member who might find this useful.
***Please be hygienic! You could use a diaper with Tap water***
1. Weigh diaper before hand
2. Kill all the germs with Salt! ~ Spread half a iPhone sized amount (or more!) over inside of diaper (cut a slit and pour on sap mix)
3. Make sure the salt soaks through
4. Leave upside down over a toilet bowl, don't let it touch the water! for 30 min or more. Wash those two hands!
5. Drain and weigh! Wash hands
6. Report results back here along with diaper type =)
Thanks! Science is a awesome thing, it's what makes us truly Human.
Sodium polyacrylate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Superabsorbent polymer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia