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

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.

Step 2: Fire Time!!

Now go ahead and grab the lighter, and light the bill up...
It should produce a vivid flame and eventually the flame will vanish.

But wait!! There's more to it!!

Step 3: Hands on Fire!!

It also works with Human Meat!! But I wouldn't recommend it!!
If you do intend to, dip your hand entirely into the alcohol so you don't get burned!!

Enjoy!! and... be safe and careful!!

If you like this instructable, make sure to view How to Make a Smoke Bomb out of Ping Pong Balls Enjoy!! and Stay tuned for more!!



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    51 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    COPY CAT!!! How To Make NonBurning Money from


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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!!!


    8 years ago on Step 3

    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!


    9 years ago on Step 3

    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


    9 years ago on Step 3

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Also, Alum will fireproof the note, just test it out on a low denomination at first though >.<


    10 years ago on Step 3

    if ur scared u might burn ur hand put patroleum jelly on it