Introduction: How to Put Out a Candle With Magic

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There are many ways to put out a candle, one of them is using vinegar and baking soda. This guide is a cool simple trick that will impress your friends and even might you teacher.

Step 1: Watch Video

Step 2: Materials

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For this project you will need:


Baking soda.

A glass.

A lighter and a candle.

Step 3: The Trick

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Start by lighting the candle.

Pour some baking soda into a glass.

Pour some vinegar over it (you'll see the reaction happening).

Now turn the glass over the candle without spilling the mixture and see the candle putted out.

Step 4: Scientific Explanation

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1 NaHCO3 + 1 HC2H3O2 → 1 CO2 + 1 H2O + 1 NaC2H3O2

The reaction between the soda and vinegar is acid-base reaction that in this case one of the products is CO2.

Carbon dioxide is a gas that is heavier than air and has no color. This is why when we turn the glass the CO2 is being poured out without our notice, then separating between the flame and the oxygen and causing it to put out.

Step 5: That's It

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sithsiri (author)2015-11-08

Now if only I could trap the gas for later use... oh yeah balloons :)

crashzoom (author)sithsiri2015-11-08

I think that a test tube would work better, since CO2 is heavier than air, the air will "spill" out of the tube leaving only CO2 in it, also gas tends to leak through balloons, but if you do try let me know what went out :)

sithsiri (author)crashzoom2015-12-25

True. Cool Instructable!

BruceE3 (author)2015-04-03

Very cool!

crashzoom (author)BruceE32015-04-03


Joleena Atchley (author)2015-03-25

where is the video?

Check if it works cause it should.

PaleHorseRider (author)crashzoom2015-03-28

It does.

I putted it in the first step ill check

PaleHorseRider (author)2015-03-25

I'd just put the cup over it.

crashzoom (author)PaleHorseRider2015-03-25

No.... putting it out with your fingers is cooler.

PaleHorseRider (author)crashzoom2015-03-27

I do that. Get a piece of charcoat light it till it embers and then cool it off with my tounge.

crashzoom (author)PaleHorseRider2015-03-28

Oh I haven't tried that, I just like putting off candles

matchley1 (author)2015-03-25

How do I watch the video

crashzoom (author)matchley12015-03-26

Check if it works cause it should.

crashzoom (author)matchley12015-03-25

It should be on the first step I'll check

starforest (author)2015-03-26

If the title is,"How to put out a candle with magic" then why is it in the science category?

crashzoom (author)starforest2015-03-26

Cause it's a science experiment that might seem like magic..

rpotts2 (author)2015-03-25

covering it is no trick. a kid could see that. However, using this might seem magical until those kids take science in middle school.

crashzoom (author)rpotts22015-03-25

Just enough ;-)

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