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Monday, January 9, 2012

Ivory Soap Explosion & Exploration


Awhile back my daughter's preschool teacher made "clean mud" with the class  and while talking about it she mentioned to me that I should put Ivory soap in the microwave & see what happens! She did not mention what actually happens but I kept the tidbit in my mind hoping to test it out at a later date. 

Mad Science Week brought the idea to the forefront of my mind & I figured it was a great time to try it and see what happens. I am so glad I did! The ivory soap produced quite an unexpected & amazing reaction!

Ivory Soap Explosion & Exploration




What You Need:
bar of Ivory soap
microwave
towel or plate


What To Do:
1. cut the bar in half - 
you DO NOT want to put the entire thing in the microwave at once 
unless you want a huge mess in there! :)


2. cut the halves into half -
now you have 4 quarters of the soap.


3. Put 1/4 piece of soap bar into microwave & heat for 1-2 mins.
Note: I put it on a paper plate to minimize the mess/clean-up.

4. WATCH what happens!
The reaction happens quickly so watch it & stop when appropriate.
I think it took about a minute, definitely less than two.





Pretty AWESOME!


Of course we repeated the above with all 4 pieces.
Then, after we watched the reaction of the ivory soap when heated
we had to explore it through smell, touch & play!

It was dry and soft & the girls said it felt like tissue paper 
(I think that was a good description of it)


After playing with it for a few minutes, 
they wanted to add water to see if they could make snowballs. 

Being this was all about experimenting - 
I obliged and gave them a cup of water to pour in as they wanted.

They added a little to see what happens
& they were able to form a "snowball-ish" type ball.



The more water they added, the more the initial foam "melted".
It was quite messy but being that we were playing with soap -
does it really qualify as a mess? :)


After adding in the entire cup of water we were left with lots of suds.


They finished by playing with the suds for awhile which they enjoyed.  
They had super clean hands at the end of it all!

Who would have thought a bar of Ivory soap could be so fun?
You must try it!

Bern

44 comments:

  1. How fun! My kids would love this-thanks for sharing. I better add ivory soap to my shopping list.

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    1. they will get a real kick out it & it's "clean" fun! A win-win for sure.

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  2. Wow! This is wonderful. I'm going to have to put this in my next newsletter to my parents. Thanks for sharing. :) Kristi

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  3. We love this experiment! Thanks for linking up to Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

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  4. I love this. Do you mind if we do it in a few weeks and link back to you?

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  5. My buddies and I did this, too. My soap was older and didn't quite foam up as much, but we got to do lots of other things with it after we microwaved it. Wanna see? http://www.mybuddiesandi.blogspot.com/2012/01/more-clean-fun.html

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  6. That is so awesome. I will definitely have to try this.

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  7. live in Australia and don't think we have ivory soap. would any soap do?

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  8. I've seen this a couple of times and every time I think: "I need to do this." I've got several bars of soap sitting in my cabinet for just this type of thing.

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    1. take the plunge - it girls were having a ball with the entire experience,

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  9. Super cool! I can't wait to do this!! Thanks!

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  10. Oh I just love your educational resources! I would love for you to share your stuff on my site via my weekly homeschooling on the cheap linky: http://3boysandadog.com/deals/2012/homeschooling-on-the-cheap-january-12-2012/

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  11. Oh my what good clean fun (sorry couldn't resist the pun). Didn't know that soap did that!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  12. This looks like so much fun! I need to get some ivory soap next trip to the store!! Stopping by from TGIF.

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  13. Love how you played with it in water too! You are such a fun mom!

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    1. Sudsy soap bubbles are too fun to pass up! The girls were quite clean when all was said & done :)

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  14. This is so cool!!! Must try this soon!! Would really love it if you would share this here -

    http://www.mamamiasheart2heart.com/2012/01/sharing-saturday.html

    Thanks so much and have a great weekend.

    ~MiaB

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  15. What FUN!!! A good activity for after they play in the mud & need to get really clean =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week,
    Beth =-)

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on Sharing Saturday :) Hope you have a great week and looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  17. I REALLY want to try this! Thanks so much for linking to Fun Sparks and we loved Mad Science week. x

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  18. We tried it too! Thanks for this great post! http://blog.playdrhutch.com/2012/01/22/look-what-happens/

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  19. Just pinned it to do with my 4YO - can't wait, we happen to have lots of soap! You piqued my curiosity, though - what's "clean mud"??

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  20. Does any brand of soap work or must it by Ivory? I've got a few hotel soap bars that might be the perfect size. Thanks!

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  21. Found this on Pinterest. I happen to have an extra bar of Ivory sitting in the laundry room. We will do this tomorrow!

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  22. Did you know if you put a light bulb in a glass of water in the microwave it will light? I learned this on Mr. Wizard as a kid. I also always stop the microwave the second it lights up! ha ha (make sure to use real glass)

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  23. This is so cool! I wanna do myself, never mind the kidlets ;) Can't wait to try this!!

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  24. Our soap didn't work, but burnt. Not sure if its the microwave or the soap. I guess half of the experience is when it fails!

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  25. Ack! I saw this on another website and tried it for my bored little ones this past week. I didn't think about cutting it into pieces! LOL You're right, it does make a mess! (But i had a really clean microwave! LOL) It's kind of like the snakes that we get on july 4th. Any idea if it works with different soap?

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  26. Question for all of you who have tried this: does it make everything you cook in your microwave afterwards taste like soap?

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    1. Jenny, I cleaned my microwave after and since we used small pieces we didn't get anything around the microwave and I never had anything taste funny. Hope that helps.

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  27. please be warned! let it sit for a few minutes to cool in the microwave! i did not and burned my finger BAD! my entire finger was one giant blister! i did this about a week and a half ago and its still healing. just be careful not to burn yourself!!!

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  28. I tried this with a small piece of soap (just a generic white bar soap), i put it in for only 30 seconds (on a plate). My microwave started smoking and almost caught on fire, plus the soap just melted did not foam up at all .. what went wrong?

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    1. Every time I've seen this project discussed, Ivory soap is specified. I don't think it will work with just any soap. Needs to be Ivory.

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  29. I used a whole bar of Ivory Soap. and then had my grandson drizzle different colours of food colouring on it...

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  30. We used to do this, as children, and also for Christmas we would construct a candle chimney, squares of parafine stacked, and then whip with an old egg beater some parafine for a snow cap on the top of the chimney. The chimney was red, and we would scroll in lines to look like bricks. It is always fun to play, and be creative.

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  31. My little guy wanted to color this, so we used food coloring with a little tiny bit of water. Looked cute. We then put the photo up on Facebook and challenged our friends to guess what it was. I asked him what we could give as a reward, and he said cookies, so we put up the challenge and offered cookies as a reward! It was really fun for him to see guesses come in. And soon we'll be sending out a box of Girl Scout cookies across states to the winner! :-)

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  32. I did not use Ivory soap and used Dial soap instead. It did not foam up. But the worse thing is that the microwave now has a very strong scent of fragrance that we cannot get rid of (we are a scent free home) no matter how hard I try (vinegar, baking soda, ...). I think there should be a BIG WARNING on the "SCENTED" effect of this experiment. Now we have to replace our microwave :(

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    1. EggMama, sorry you had such an unpleasant experience. The experiment definitely calls for Ivory Soap which is not strong smelling at all as it is unscented. We had no problems when we used that specific soap which is why we shared it with the specific brand mentioned. I don't know of other soaps that work like it.

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    2. Oh no! EggMama! That is so sad! Don't give up on your microwave! Steve Spangler (the King of Kid's Science) specifically explains why Ivory Soap is the soap to be used in this experiment. Here is why:

      "Ivory soap is one of the few brands of bar soap that floats in water. But when you break the bar of soap into several pieces, there are no large pockets of air inside. If it floats in water and has no pockets of air, it must mean that the soap itself is less dense than water. Ivory soap floats because it has air pumped into it during the manufacturing process."

      Give your microwave a few days. I am really surprised the vinegar didn't work. Ususally I just zap vinegar to get a smell out and it works fine.

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  33. I did this with my daughters and they too wanted to add water after playing with the clouds. We did, but before we rolled them into snowballs, I added drops of food coloring around the mixture, then we rolled them into "snowballs" and put them on wax paper to dry back out. Viola... We created our very own tie dyed Ivory soap balls. We put them in their bathroom and they loved bath time! I actually came up with that idea on my own! :) I was going to post a pic, but it wouldn't let me.

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  34. Just tried this. After 1 1/2 minutes smoke started pouring from my microwave. I stopped it and now my entire house is filled with burnt soap smelling smoke and all of our eyes and lungs are burning. We opened everything up and are sitting outside. Anyone know if this is harmful? I'm just wondering if we should seek medical attention. I feel as though the soap is coating my lungs!

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