How to Go About Making Chloroform for Survival

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If you need a tool to render patients unconscious before medical procedures, chloroform is probably going to be your best bet when SHTF. So that no one will have to endure pain during a surgery and potentially die, you'll need to know how to make this invaluable supply. To learn how to make it, check out the important instructions below.

Gather Your Ingredients
The ingredients you will need are: household bleach, acetone, ice.
Gather Your Equipment
You’re going to need a large glass container. HDPE buckets will work because the reagents won’t attack it, but you won’t be able to see the chloroform forming as well.
A separation funnel will be needed to separate the chloroform from the other ingredients. You can do it with other tools such as an eye dropper, but that’s a long row to hoe. You can get a separation funnel online for about $25.
A gas mask is highly recommended because of the risk of inhaling the fumes. You should make the chloroform in a well-ventilated area even if you’re using the mask. The vapors alone can make you nauseated, give you a headache or even make you pass out.
A stir stick will be necessary. Glass is the best tool for this job.
Make the Chloroform
If you’re ready to move ahead, gather your ingredients and equipment together in a well-ventilated area.
It’s best to start with the bleach and acetone chilled even if you’re using ice because the reaction will cause the mixture to heat up by at least 85 degrees. The higher concentrate bleach you use, the hotter it gets. The ratio for making chloroform needs to be 1 part acetone to 50 parts bleach. That’s 1 teaspoon of acetone per cup of bleach.
Place the bleach in the container, then add several ice cubes. Add the acetone and stir the mixture, or swirl it around if you’re using a vessel that allows you to do that without sloshing it out. If you’re using a high concentrate of bleach, i.e. 12 percent, add more ice.
Leave the mixture alone for 30 minutes to an hour so that the chemical reaction can develop and the mixture can cool. First you’ll notice a white cloud of vapor coming from the solution and the solution itself will become cloudy. You’ll also be able to see a white residue, powder, or bubble forming on the bottom. That’s the chloroform.
After the hour is up and the mixture is cool, gently pour most of the liquid off the top. Be careful to leave the chloroform on the bottom.
Once you’ve gotten most of the liquid out, transfer the rest to your separation funnel. Let it settle, then drain the chloroform out, leaving behind the water.
You’ll yield around 50-70 percent of your starting material volume in chloroform.
At this point, the chloroform is created but if you’re going to use it on people, or animals for that matter, it needs to be distilled in order to purify it.

As useful as it is, chloroform may just be more dangerous to make and use than it is worth. A little too much, and you could do your patient serious harm. Too little, and they could wake up mid-surgery.

Regardless, they'll wake up with one of the worst headaches imaginable. Making it has its own host of problems, and you could accidently inhale the resulting gas or produce fumes that weren't intended.

Produce this drug at your own risk.

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  1. Jose R Mateo said:

    In High school I used.
    Bleach and paint tinner.

    You mix the two in a plastic cup then you put the cup im a bucket of ice.

    The solution that forms up top of the liquid is chloroform.

  2. Seth Howell said:

    Not exactly good general knowledge but great in the end of the world hey

  3. Ryan Wood said:

    This is the old method. Like the “you *will* get brain cancer”, anarchist cookbook method.

    Learn a little modern Ochem and you can do a different, equally simple, synthesis that won’t turn you into a shitty dead version of Deadpool in 15-20 years.

  4. Paul Pakenham said:

    Learn a good Brazilian Jiu Jitsu choke. It’s quick, painless, and safe. It would render someone unconscious long enough to set a broken bone or something of that nature.

  5. Ben Skelton said:

    Highly recommended you don’t ever use this. Extremely easy for a layman to permanently hurt or kill someone

  6. Amanda Eagle-Housden said:

    Pour the solution in the ice or set the cup in to chill? If shtf then may not have ice, cold stream/water?

  7. Jose R Mateo said:

    Bleach and Acetone gets hot really fast. So it has to be chilled for it to work.

    Chill it Anyway possible. Set the cup in snow, or ice, cool it.

    Do not pour it in ice or snow…Just put the cup with the Solution in ice or snow.

    I said use a Plastic cup because it was what I got. But a Glass jar would be best. You’ll see it start to layer. The top Layer is the Chloroform.

  8. John Parsons said:

    When I was 8 years old that’s what they used to take out my tonsils