Non-Mixing Liquids



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Water is a strange liquid, it mixes with nearly everything, yet if you do it correctly you can make a stack of liquids that won't mix and make a nice layered vista.

Step 1: You Will Need

  • A glass or bottle to stack your liquids
  • Honey
  • Milk
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Water (with food dye to make it easier to see)
  • Vegetable oil

Step 2: Add Honey

This is the easy one!

Step 3: Pour in the Milk

Don't pour the milk too fast or it carries up a little honey

Step 4: Washup Liquid

This took me 3 attempts, I found that if you pour it down the sides of the glass and keep rotating that it doesn't sink and mix with the milk.

Step 5: Time for Water

As I said the last step took 2 attempts and the food dye settled in my water while it took so long so it ended up not that blue.

Be careful here because as we all know, water does like to mix with wash up liquid to make lovely bubbles!

I added the water slowly using a dosing syringe from my kids medication.

Step 6: Oil and Finished

When you add the oil, tip the glass a little and pour slowly, it will enter the water and float up to the top.

There are more liquids that can be used in this experiment such as corn starch and rubbing alcohol but this is what I had in the kitchen today!



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