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Chemical Kim makes science poppers!

Check out this super cool experiment from Chemical Kim!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Utilizing the chemical change that takes place between baking soda and vinegar you can have a lot of fun making your own science poppers.

You will need:

Baking soda, vinegar, water, toilet paper, containers with removable tops (such as film canisters or m&m tubes).

Now try this:

  1. Wear safety glasses.
  2. Place a small amount (1/4 teaspoon) of baking soda into a piece of toilet paper and wrap into a small ball.
  3. Fill the container about half way with vinegar (~10 mL)
  4. Quickly drop the toilet paper into the container and place the top on.
  5. Stand back and in less then 10 seconds? POP!!!


When you combine baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) with vinegar (acetic acid) a chemical reaction takes place. This is evident by the bubbling that you see. This bubbling is a gas that is released called carbon dioxide. Attempting to trap this gas inside a container results in a build up of pressure. After enough pressure builds up, the top pops off! This is great fun.

Courtesy: Chemical Kim a.k.a. Professor Kim. Chemistry Professor/Florida SouthWestern State College.


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