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Burning Money - Chemistry Demonstration

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Procedure for Burning Money Demonstration
This $20 is on fire, but it is not being consumed by the flames.

This $20 is on fire, but it is not being consumed by the flames.

Anne Helmenstine
Here's how to perform the burning money demonstration:
  1. Prepare the alcohol and water solution. You can mix 50 ml of water with 50 ml of 95-100% alcohol.
  2. Add a pinch salt or other colorant to the alcohol/water solution, to help produce a visible flame.
  3. Soak a dollar bill in the alcohol/water solution so that it is thoroughly wet.
  4. Use tongs to pick up the bill. Allow any excess liquid to drain. Move the damp bill away from the alcohol-water solution.
  5. Light the bill on fire and allow it to burn until the flame goes out.

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