Orange Pop

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In this activity, learners surprisingly pop balloons without touching them using orange peels. This Mr. O video explains how the d-limonene found in orange peels dissolves the latex of the balloon using the chemistry concept of "like dissolves like." Safety note - do not try this experiment if people taking part in the activity or nearby have a latex or citrus allergy.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Orange
  • Balloon
  • Other citrus fruits (optional- activity extension)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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