Chloroacetic acid is rather corrosive compared to most commonly used acids. And it smells bad. Well, that's probably an understatement. It is extremely destructive to tissues of the mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract.
Originally Posted by Photo Engineer
Anyway, I'd suggest that if you've passed a college level organic chemistry lab class you probably have the skills to do this - if you have the proper ventilation system available. Otherwise, your roommates will hate you and the neighbors call the cops thinking you and making meth or something.
But for the average photographic chemistry buff, you should just bite the bullet and just buy some...