How to Make Mountain Dew Glow Without Glow Sticks

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How to Make Mountain Dew Glow Without Glow Sticks
You don't need glow sticks to make a bottle of Mountain Dew glow in the dark. (neon glow image by Laura Lupton from

You can create a glow light using only Mountain Dew soda and common household ingredients--no glow stick required. Your Mountain Dew light will glow in the bottle, and the soda will continue to glow if you pour it into another container. This makes a great science project for a Scout troop, homeschool class or classroom. While this project uses a beverage, you have to add other ingredients as well, so you won't want to drink the Dew after the project is done.

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Things you need

  • 591ml. bottle of Mountain Dew
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp hydrogen peroxide

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  1. 1

    Remove the lid from the bottle of Mountain Dew. Remove all but the last 2 inches of soda.

  2. 2

    Pour 1/4 tsp of baking soda into the bottle on top of the soda and swirl the bottle in a circular motion to blend it in. Don't shake the bottle vigorously, just move it enough to be sure all the baking soda gets wet.

  3. 3

    Pour 3 tsp peroxide into the bottle. Replace the lid and shake the bottle for 30 seconds. The combination of soda, baking soda and peroxide will cause a chemical reaction, and the soda will begin to glow.

  4. 4

    Take the soda into a dark room like a closet to watch the glow develop. Once the soda is glowing, you can pour it on the ground or into other decorative containers, and it will continue to glow.

  5. 5

    Repeat this process to make as many glow lights as you need. Your glowing Mountain Dew will last for about two hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Use fresh baking soda and peroxide for best results.
  • You cannot double this recipe; you need to leave enough room in the bottle to be able to shake it up.
  • Do not drink the Mountain Dew once you have added the other ingredients.

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