Popping Balloon with Grapefruit

Crab16Published: March 17, 20157 views
Published: March 17, 2015

This is the result of limonene from the grapefruit dissolving or weakening the rubber balloon. Limonene is an essential oil that is present in grapefruit peels in fairly high concentrations (the pure compound smells very strongly of grapefruit). Limonene is a colourless liquid hydrocarbon. It is used in chemical synthesis as a precursor to carvone and as a renewables-based solvent in cleaning products, and as such is quite flammable and you can even start a fire with an grapefruit, seriously!

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