Ivory Soap Explosion: A bar of Ivory soap and a microwave are all you’ll need to do this amazing science experiment at home!
If you’ve never executed an Ivory soap experiment before, you HAVE to try it. I guarantee it’ll knock the socks off your kids, and impress the heck out of any adults in your audience. It’s awesome!
It’s quick and easy, and all it will cost you is the price of a bar of Ivory soap.
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You have to use Ivory because of the amount of air that it contains. You can get the scientific explanation here.
We started by passing the bar of soap around so the Hooligans could touch it, smell it, and see how light in weight it is. You could also cut the bar in half to have a look at how “airy” it is inside compared to other, more dense bars of soap.
Place your Ivory on a microwave-safe plate, and nuke it on high for a minute or two, and watch the amazing transformation that takes place. How cool is this?!
Apparently, you can heat it for up to 2 minutes, but by the one minute mark, ours had expanded so much that it was hitting the door and walls of the microwave as the turn-table revolved.
Take it out and examine it. Crazy isn’t it?
Be careful! It might be hot (ours was not after 1 minute).
Now, normally at this point, we would crumble this monster up, and use it to make a batch of our homemade laundry detergent, but not today!
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