Balloon Popping Trick

Can you pop a balloon without touching it?

Yes you can! All you need to know is the balloon’s secret nemesis- the humble orange (or lemon)! That’s
right— latex balloons have a major citrus allergy.

What you need:
● Balloon
● Citrus fruit

What to do:

1. Blow up a latex balloon.

2. Take a peel from a citrus fruit (orange or lemon will work) and squeeze it hard enough to spray the oil
from the peel at the balloon.

OR scratch the zest off or a lemon, making sure you get plenty of zesty oil on your finger (invisible to the
naked eye) and pop your balloon in front of your friends with a single, light touch- your friends will be
lost for words!

3. You’ll see that exposure to the citrus oil immediately pops your latex balloon.

Why is it so?

Well, there is a chemical in citrus fruits called limonene, which is a hydrocarbon that is actually used in

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