Printable Chemical Labels

Chemistry is more fun, as Tim says, more sciency, if you use “real” chemicals.  But the chemicals you buy from chemical suppliers are more expensive and usually involve more dangerous experiments, which can be good, but not for younger kids and not all the time.  If you buy a kids “chemistry kit” you generally find to your chagrin that you just paid $35 for miniscule amounts of baking soda and vinegar and a handful of simple experiments easily found on the internet.  What to do?

Lucky for you the scientific and creative brains at Layers of Learning solved all your problems with these printable Chemical Labels

Just cut apart the labels and paste them on to clean dry glass or plastic jars with lids.  Then you can fill the jars with the appropriate chemicals.  In the printable we include a “Key to the Chemical Codes” which you should post where you store your chemicals.

Here are some experiments to try involving some of these household chemicals.

Dissolving Ink

Salt & Vinegar Crystals

Carbon Creatures

Growing Borax Crystals

Penny Oxidation

Bases and the Laundry


Warning: Just because you can buy it in the grocery store does not mean it’s harmless.  Many of the chemicals on your shelves are very dangerous.

  • Wear gloves and goggles when doing chemistry experiments.
  • Always dispose of chemicals as the directed in the experiment.
  • Never mix chemicals randomly.  Many seemingly harmless chemicals when mixed together create deadly and usually colorless and odorless gases.  Just follow directions for chemistry experiments from a source you trust and do your chemistry is a well ventilated room.



  1. Be very VERY careful using anything other than baking soda and vinegar. Please check MSDS sheets online to figure out all hazards and correct disposal methods for the things you would like to use. Further, I’m all for learning what the hazard placards mean and adding them to your household chemicals but there are very strict labeling rules that are not followed with the placards alone. Even storing chemicals in an unintended container, especially one that was or could be used for food is dangerous. Many household chemicals will react with the metal lids of the mason jars shown producing harmful gasses. Since these types of containers don’t seal completely you could be creating highly toxic or explosive cocktails of compounds in your “lab” without knowing it. I love the labels, but please please don’t experiment with your household chemicals without proper research or training.

  2. Thanks for the labels, just what I was looking for! I did want to mention that borax and boric acid are not the same chemical as you indicate on the label for borax. Also, have you considered offering an editable form of the labels? That would be fantastic!

    1. Boric acid is a salt that makes up a major portion of the chemicals in Borax. It is also the component of Borax that is active in kids chemistry experiments as well as being the bit that needs care when handling. But you are right that Borax and boric acid are not synonymous.

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