Dissolving A Rubik's Cube And Lego Bricks In Acetone

HouseholdHackerPublished: April 18, 2017Updated: April 30, 20171,862,532 views
Published: April 18, 2017Updated: April 30, 2017

Here's a fun little experiment for those of you you like to melt things! Even wondered what would happen if you put LEGO cubes into pure acetone? Acetone is an organic solvent that can be found in any household that includes women. it's most commonly found in nail polish remover, although it can be used for other purposes.

In this episode of Household Hacker, we are shown how styrofoam, packing peanuts and LEGO bricks behave when submerged in pure acetone. You guessed it - they all turn into goo and dissolve completely in the chemical. Even a Rubik's cube is no match for the mighty acetone!

He first puts about half an inch of the colvent into a glass container. Packing peanuts have the quickest and most intense reaction when they come into contact with acetone. This is mostly because they have a foamy consistency, meaning that most of it is air. If you have some nail polish remover and some of the packaging laying around, you too can do this experiment at home. Just make sure you do it in a well ventilated area.

Curious to see what will happen to a larger block of styrofoam? As long as there is more acetone in your container than the goo that’s left behind by the styrofoam, you can use it over and over again. Just break off a chunk of packing material that will fit your container and watch it disappear before your very eyes!

How about something denser. A Rubik’s Cube maybe? If you had any trouble with it, trying to solve it, then this little experiment will bring you all the satisfaction you craved. Fill a cylindrical container with enough acetone to cover the entire cube and then watch. Due to its density, it won’t be as fast as the styrofoam, but the results will be equally as satisfying, not to mention colorful! It took 12 hours for this Rubik’s Cube to dissolve into the glass.

The plastic cube held its form for most of the time, but it swole up and began to decompose. If you disturb it slightly after the 12-hour period, you will notice that the entire thing has turned into a cube of goo.

Since it is used as a solvent for certain types of plastic, professional LEGO builders use the stuff to help bond bricks together when they build all those mega structures. It makes them extremely difficult to break the pieces apart. So, LEGo bricks are next in line to see how will they react when completely submerged into acetone.

The Household Hacker dunked four bricks and one minifigure. It took about five hours for the pieces to dissolve into the solvent, reacting in a manner similar to the Rubik’s Cube. They start to sag and bloat, eventually coming to a standstill, unless disturbed. With a quick shake to the container, the piece break apart in a pile of colorful LEGO rubble. If you ever wanted to remold this plastic, all you had to do is drain the liquid and pour the swollen plastic into a mold of your choosing.

If you want to try this experiment at home, just make sure you do it outside or in a well ventilated area and steer clear of flames. Happy experimenting!

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    • 4 rumbles
      sandmanbub · 1 year ago

      Don't use acetone to clean wax off of a carpet unless it's made entirely of natural fibers

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      Scottneth · 1 year ago

      If you use the right ratio of styrofoam and acetone you are left with a rock hard plastic that is even hard to cut with a hacksaw.

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      hjgw · 38 weeks ago

      Chemically, you are not melting the figure, you are dissolving it. There is a big difference.

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        Deiexmachina · 9 weeks ago

        Neither melting nor dissolving is a chemical process.

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      Jeramey · 36 weeks ago

      Does no one proofread before they post articles?

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      TheRaginPagan · 17 weeks ago

      I wonder how feasible (and Green) it would be to use acetone to minimize or even eliminate all of the Styrofoam garbage that we've accumulated?

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        T107 · 8 weeks ago


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      Vuthy012 · 9 weeks ago


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      Kasgeomagsmom · 9 weeks ago

      Acetone is used to make methamphetamine. Just so you know, this is what it's doing to your body. My mother was living in a basement apartment, she kept smelling acetone, and called the authorities. Turns out a man down the street had a meth lab, and his product was seeping out of the vents into the neighborhood. This is why meth labs are outside or out in the desert I guess. This guy must have been new to the game. He's probably rethinking that now in prison.

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        Corey1981 · 8 weeks ago

        You have no clue what you're talking about. Shut up stupid.