C. General ProcedurePreparation of the Papaya Leaf extract as an Indicator
Collect 100 g of the papaya leaves, regardless of maturity but must not be driedleaves. Soak the leaves in 20.0 mL distilled water overnight. Pound the soaked leavesusing mortar and pestle. Place it in clean cheesecloth and gently squeezed to a 250-mL beaker to obtain the extracts. Pour the squeezed extract to a filter paper to separate theleaves and obtain pure leaf extract only.
Testing the Extract for the Acidity and Basicity of Some Common HouseholdSubstances
Collect common household substances that are said to be basic and acidic toexamine whether the papaya leaf extract can be used as an acid-base indicator. Placeeach of the collected household substances to a spotplate and label each for specification.The substance must be in solution form for simplicity. Measure the pH of each substanceusing the pH meter. Add 2-3 drops of the papaya leaf extracts. Observe color changeand identify whether the substance is acidic, basic or neutral. Take note of the originalcolor of the leaf extract and each common household substances used for comparison purposes.
Evaluation of Results