Picture of Making Money That Doesn't Burn
Do you have a spare bill? Here's a neat trick for setting a dollar bill on fire, without actually burning it. This demonstration illustrates the concept of combustion and also shows some properties of alcohol, water, and money.

Materials you will need:

- U.S. Bill (Note) Any Currency will do
- Rubbing Alcohol (50% Isopropyl alcohol)
- A Few Spoons of water
- A bowl
- A Lighter
-Tongs (If you don't want to burn your fingers)

-A pinch of salt (Helps produce a more visible flame)

Preparation Time: 2 Minutes

DISCLAIMER: Burning Money is Illegal in the United States, and I am in no way responsible for your actions if something wrong were to occur, in other words try it at your own risk!!
(The way I explain it ... it isn't illegal since the currency doesn't actually burn or becomes defaced at all, allowing it to keep circulating).

Check out our other instructable showing you how to Make a Smoke Bomb out of Ping Pong Balls

Step 1: Prepare Your Solution

Picture of Prepare Your Solution
1. Go ahead and pour 16oz of rubbing alcohol in a dish (Yes, all of it if you want... I did) Then, add a couple of spoonfuls of water (4 is good enough), to the bowl.

2. Also optional, if you want a more vivid an visible flame add a pinch of salt to the solution.

3. Now dip the bill in the bowl, but make sure you hold the bill with tongs!! Dip it fully, and shake off excess alcohol.

1-40 of 54Next »
maxwelljets3 years ago
My mom used to work for a university chemistry outreach program that got young kids interested in science. She once did this trick in front of a group of kindergarteners but the person who prepared the alcohol and water mixture (it wasn't her) forgot to put in the water. Oops.
CrayfishYAY4 years ago
COPY CAT!!! How To Make NonBurning Money from kentchemistry.com.
weirdwayde5 years ago
I did this with my Hand and it didnt hurt at all i actualy sent a video to my friends with my hand on fire saying I AM GOD!!!
nuckthebuck5 years ago
hell just skip the dollar bill and light the solution on fire. and for those of you who want to play a prank on your friends...... grab a ccan of axe(lynx in some areas) cover your hand in it walk into the room with your friends light your hand in front of their face.. then quickly put it out i did this with my whole arm b4 its crazy. or you can do it with germx or gasoline i do not recomend that. becareful have fun!
twonkie125 years ago
you can do the same with germ x or hand sanitizer it will light your hand on fire but it will burn if you dont put it out quickenough
im gonna try i tonight but i only have 70% Isopropyl alcohol
i just tried it w/ 70%. it worked fine but it won't burn for as long...
Alskier946 years ago
this is really cool man, i got to admit. Im gunna go try it but i better not burn my hand while doing it XD.
isn't illegal to burn money.
Read the name of the instructables!
11richie216 years ago
baneat6 years ago
Also, Alum will fireproof the note, just test it out on a low denomination at first though >.<
dosn't that hurt your hand when it is on fire
you can do the same thing with axe body spray i do it at my friends house all the time spray it on a wall and light er up
doesn't that burn the walls?
Fits you name. Lol
Ha yeah
but i do crazy people... hehe ;)
tokune136 years ago
if ur scared u might burn ur hand put patroleum jelly on it
ANDY!6 years ago
cool. put it on the april fools contest!
RetroPlayer7 years ago
When I was a kid I would do this and freak people out. But, I would spray hairspray, instead of the alcohol, all over my hand and arm and light it. It does burn your hairs off though and even has a nice flesh-burning smell to add to the terror. Wow, I did some stupid things when I was a kid.
BTW, a warning, if you don't light it immediately, the alcohol will soak into your skin and well, read what bbobjoefred said.
yeah, well, we did that in my science period(@ uh) and it was cool. except axe burns a bit more than just hair.
bluestripe6 years ago
this isnt realy burning the money or your hand its just burning the flammable thing around your hand this also works with lighter fluid and also if you just spray a flammable spray on your hand like airfreshner or deodorant like lnyx
REA6 years ago
isnt it really burning the fumes from the alcohol? still looks fun to do!
ac1D7 years ago
good idea, but our little KENT had it before:
well the more instructables on one thing, the more information that is provided.
I totally agree. But, ppl want to see NEW thing.. Have you noticed, instructable posted over and over get less comment? don't be mad, this is my point of view and my opinion!
can i make it then keep it in my wallet? or do i have to do it right away
I don
vivamexico6 years ago
i doubt this would work with regular paper since money is cotton not paper, if u dont believe me look it up
It is made out of paper. The us is the only country which uses paper money. Why is all your money green?
no it isnt, its not paper, and just like paper cotton can be dyed, paper is naturally green, coloring has to be added and thats why when you fold paper it isnt a crisp bend but a less slight bend
"and just like paper cotton can be dyed" you are admitting its paper. I said it was paper. Its a form of paper. Why can't the U.S. use plastic money like the rest of the world. The notes in south east Asia, Africa, Europe are all plastic.
yes, money is cloth, but I don't think that that makes a difference.
Does your hand hurt while the fire is lit? Like, does it burn?
If you make it incorrectly it hurts like hell.
poopmypants6 years ago
will it work with regular paper
yes, it would work with anything as long as the solution is made properly.
1-40 of 54Next »