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Explosive Cleaning

MWA HA HAAAA! (that’s my evil scientist laugh) 😀

I’ve been trying out “The Usborne Big book of Science things to make and do” Turns out the Bubbling Wizards’ Brew is a huge hit with Josh and myself. And Alex thinks the whole thing is just hilarious.

Lot’s of people will know that baking soda and vinegar make lots of bubbles.  Healthy Child Healthy World recommends this combination as a green, eco alternative to harsh chemical drain cleaners in their awesome book (Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home). For this use, sprinkle one cup of baking soda into the sink, slowly pour in one cup of white vinegar, wait for the bubbles to peter out and chase with lots of hot water.

I’ve been adding food coloring to the vinegar, so that we’ve been having lots of green, red, or blue volcanoes erupting in our sinks. The Usborne book takes it further with added glitter and a good squeeze of dishwashing liquid. And Josh took it even further by making the bubbles shoot out through a straw. This is what happened:

And while we didn’t do much sink cleaning that time, it’s done a great job unclogging our sinks.