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How to Make Mountain Dew Glow Without Glow Sticks

Updated February 21, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Sarah Emerald is the author of books and magazine articles specializing in crafts, family, business and the home, including Create and Decorate, Hilton Head Monthly and Crafts magazine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from a small private college in the southeastern U.S.

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