Science experiment: How to force a chemical reaction

How to force a chemical reaction

Chemistry is fun! Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini demonstrates a quick way to show how a chemical reaction can work. Just grab some baking soda, a ballon, and vinegar.

What You Need

Baking soda ( a few tablespoons)

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Empty bottle


What To Do

1. Add a few teaspoons of baking soda into the balloon (use a funnel if you can)

2. Add some vinegar to the bottom of the bottle

3. Stretch the balloon over the top of the bottle and lift the balloon up. This will dump the baking soda into the vinegar!

4. Watch the reaction happen! Very quickly your balloon will blow up!

Why Does This Work?

This experiment forces an acid-base chemical reaction. The vinegar is an acid and the baking soda is a base. When these two come together a chemical reaction takes place that forces carbon dioxide. This gas wants to expand as it develops so it fills up the bottle then blows up the balloon!