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Q:
well can u explain to me what you need to have and how you do the experiment where you blow up balloon by using baking soda and vinegar thanks
- Anonymous
A:
Hey! This is easier than I bet you think it is...

What you need:
(1) balloon
(2) some vinegar
(3) some baking soda

What to do:
(1) put the baking soda in the balloon
(2) put the vinegar in the balloon
(3) tie the balloon off

Tips:
(1) Don't use much vinegar and baking soda - a little goes a long way. Start with just a little, then try using more on the next balloon. Too much will cause the balloon to explode.
(2) Try to put the vinegar and baking soda in the balloon in separate places - i.e. so they don't mix together until you've got the balloon tied off. As soon as they mix, the balloon will start inflating.

-Tamara

(republished on 07/13/06)

Follow-Up #1: inflating balloons

Q:
What other liquids can inflat a balloon with Baking soda???
- Anonymous
San Jose, CA, 95122
A:
Any ordinary acid will do. I've used vinegar and also citric acid.

Mike W.

(published on 08/07/08)

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