‘Elephant toothpaste’ is the perfect at-home science project

Experimental is all about fun, DIY experiments. Each episode, we look at a new creation, life hack or recipe that can be put together at home — and is perfect for adults and kids alike.

DIY mad scientists, get your goggles ready.

One of the all-time classic chemistry experiments, elephant toothpaste is the perfect way to freak out your kids, neighbors or, if you’re feeling especially crazy, your work Zoom call.

Basically, the combined ingredients create a foamy, explosive chemical reaction that looks like a gigantic blob of toothpaste — maybe even big enough for an elephant.

In this week’s episode of Experimental, learn how you can make your own mesmerizing foam.

Here’s how to make it come to life with a few simple ingredients: 

  • Dry yeast
  • Dish soap
  • Bottle or flask
  • Warm water
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Measuring spoons and cups

If you liked this story, check out In The Know’s Experimental episode on how to make a “magical” magnetic liquid.

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