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Experiment: Exploding Milk

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

By Mei Yee

Note: There are two parts to this, one is to see the reaction dish soap has on food dye and the second it to see the "exploding" part.

For this experiment you will need:

  1. Milk

  2. Food dye

  3. Dish soap

  4. Tooth picks

  5. Baking soda

  6. Vinegar

  7. A bowl to put it all in

We used no exact measurements, as none were needed. This is why already had the milk poured into a small cup.

First, have them dump the milk into the bowl.

Next, have them put a drop (or two) in the bowl with the milk.

***DO NOT MIX!***

Then, dip the tooth picks into the dish soap and then dip it right into the middle of one of the dye drops. Watch closely what happens as it happens so fast!

(Side note: we used a random juice straw that was in our draw instead of tooth picks because I couldn't find the tooth picks.)

That is the end of the first part of the experiment. So, if you wish to stop here you can or you can keep going to get to the "exploding" part.

With all the contents still in the bowl we dumped in baking soda and then poured the vinegar on top. (Actually Natalya added yellow food dye on top the baking soda before we added the vinegar and that is how we got the color you will see below.)


Looking for more fun? Check out our other experiments below!


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