Ever wanted to make a lighter out of random household materials? Now’s your chance!
- A potato
- A tablespoon
- 2 Wires
- A Cotton Ball
- A time keeping device
- 2 toothpicks
- Gather all your materials.
- Strip the ends of the wires.
- Cut your potato into two parts. Roughly 1/3 of the way in.
- Take the smaller half and poke two holes in the center of the potato with enough distance between them so the wires won’t touch when you put them in.
- Take the spoon and scoop out part of the larger half of the potato. Continue until the spoon fits in depth-wise.
- Fill the bottom of the hole you just scraped out with salt. (About 2/3 Tablespoons full).
- Fill the hole with quite a bit of toothpaste. (Enough that it will cover the hole’s bottom completely)
- Mix the toothpaste and salt together well in the potato “bowl”. Smear it across the hole and partly around the edge of the hole.
- Put the wires in the two holes in the smaller potato. Make sure the exposed ends are in contact with the toothpaste/salt mixture.
- Close the potato up with the two toothpicks by putting them through the two halves.
- Tear off a piece of the cotton ball, stick it on one of the wires.
- Wait five (5) minutes.
- Take the other wire (the one not connected to the cotton ball) and touch it to the cotton ball. After a few attempts, it should light!
- You have made fire!
- DISCLAIMER: I, the author, take no responsibility for what you use this experiment for. Please, safety first!
- This does produce fire, which is dangerous. Do not take this experiment lightly.