Waste Not Want Not

Discovering ways to re-purpose discards, making items from scratch and being self-sufficient.



Mountain Dew Glow Stick

How about this trick?  For camping or late nights at the beach? Leave 1/4 of Mountain dew in bottle (just don’t drink it all), add a tiny bit of baking soda, a few drops of dish washing liquid and  3 caps of peroxide. Put the lid on and shake – BADDA BING!

There is another recipe for this concoction on the Internet that does not include the dish washing liquid. It will not glow!  As usual I want to try to get it right the first time so you’ll find a video below that shows you exactly which recipe to use and how to concoct it.

Because I haven’t actually tried this I’m not sure how long the glow will last or if you need to keep shaking it to keep it glowing.  But if nothing else it would make a pretty cool kids project (with supervision of course).  Maybe even a science project.

Thank you for the video, by Anne Helmenstine


Author: Waste Not Want Not

I'm on a mission to connect with others interested in self-sufficiency, re-purposing items, gardening, cooking and making things from scratch. Having reached my "golden years" I'm concerned that many people today don't have skills that have been forgotten over the years. It is my desire to bring together stories, ideas, projects, recipes and remedies so everyone interested will have the opportunity to learn and pass these ideas and projects on to the next generations.


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