Mrs. Wigglebum’s Love Potion
Mrs. Wigglebum’s Love Potion


It’s back to school and love seems to be in the air. Check out this fun way to learn about chemical reactions.


To create a "potion" and learn about chemical reactions


  • Clear plastic cup (five ounce approximately)
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Dishwashing liquid (optional)
  • Tablespoon (measurement does not have to be exact)
  • Wooden craft stick (or something for stirring)


Fill the glass one-half full of vinegar. Put two drops of food coloring in the vinegar and a squirt of dishwashing liquid. Stir with the craft stick. Put a tablespoon of baking soda in the vinegar mixture. Watch out!



The baking soda reacts with the vinegar to produce carbon dioxide gas. Baking soda is a base and vinegar is an acid. This is a chemical reaction because a new substance (carbon dioxide) is produced. The fizzing and bubbling are a result of the gas being released.