Introduction: Flame Resistant Towels

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Have you ever been in a fire or ever seen a fire? It is very common to die in a fire, on average about 7 people die in a fire each year. This instructable will hopefully decrease that number in the future.

You may be wondering how this product works. It uses baking soda as it's main fire retardant and when burnt, it produces CO2 gas which prevents the towel from catching on fire.

Step 1: Materials

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What will you need for this project?

1. Baking Soda

2. Towel or thin cloth (I used a paper towel)

3. Water

4. Vinegar

5. Bowl

These are the only things you will need for the project. Also, make sure you use a high absorbent towel because if the towel doesn't absorb anything, your fire retardant towel won't work!

Step 2: Mixing the Ingredients

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First you will need to measure out 1 tablespoon of water and dump it into your bowl. Then, add 1/2 a tablespoon of baking soda to the water. Mix very well until you get a cloudy mixture.

Next, add about one spoonful of vinegar to the mixture and mix until foaming is reduced or stopped completely. Now we are halfway done.

Step 3: Turning the Towel Into a Fire Retardant

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Finally after the foaming has been reduced, fold the towel until it is in a ball. Then, submerged it completely into the liquid mixture. Wait a couple seconds until the liquid fully soaks the paper towel. Once the cloth/towel is fully soaked, you can place it in the sun or use a heat gun to dry the paper.

This step is required because the paper has to be dry before it can stop fires.

After it is dry you are all done. Now you can test it out and put out fires.

*Note* Be careful when a fire is burning because it can burn you and give you severe scars *Note*

I am not responsible for any damage done to you or anyone else from reading or conducting this experiment.

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Step 4: What I Would Do Differently Next Time!

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This project was tons of fun to do and it is great to do as a weekend project. Something that went wrong was adding the vinegar. I added too much so much of the fire retardant abilities went away. This is why I said to only add one spoonful because more than that will waste the CO2 being produced.

Well this is the end of this instructable and i hope you enjoyed reading as much as me doing the experiment. As always, stay safe and have a great day!

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