No helium needed to fill balloons for parties…..just vinegar and baking soda! I NEED TO REMEMBER THIS! this is important since helium is not a renewable source and is in such short supply
Balloons are a must for party decoration. Having to blow up large quantities can leave you light-headed. Renting helium equipment can be very costly. There’s a little trick you can do to help save your lungs and make your party decorating skills stand out. Mix baking soda and white vinegar and you can fill up all the balloons you need with very little effort.
What You Need:
Several 20-ounce soda bottles
1 box of baking soda
1 bottle of white vinegar
Balloons needing inflated
What You Do:
1) Fill each 20-ounce bottle with about 2-inches of vinegar in the bottom.
2) Use a small scoop to add a teaspoon of baking powder to the empty balloons.
3) Fit the end of the balloon to the opening on the soda bottle.
4) Pull the empty balloon upright and allow the baking soda to fall down into the vinegar. The chemical reaction causes the release of carbon dioxide gas, which then fills the balloon.
5) Carefully pull the filled balloon free of the bottle and tie it shut.
6) Repeat the process until the chemical reactions begin to slow. Replace the vinegar in the bottle and start again until all of the balloons needed are filled.
Carbon dioxide is heavier than air, so these balloons will not float, but it’s a great way to inflate a lot of balloons in a short amount of time.