Thursday, May 22, 2014

Battle of the brands: Best laundry detergent and bubble gum

I totally forgot to share the results of our the girls' Science fair experiments....until a friend asked me about it. Sorry!

I know many were waiting on the edges of their seats to find out which brand of laundry detergent works the best and what brand of bubble gum blows the biggest bubbles. Well I have the results!!

This is the 3rd year the girls have particpated in a homeschool Science Fair. They love doing the experiments, making their boards, and presenting to people. We all have a lot of fun in the process. Since we moved this year, I was not thinking we would be participating in one, but a few friends put one together and girls were so excited! There were no ribbons or prizes like the one in Lincoln. They were judged by a few judges and given a score. We were totally fine with not receiving any prize because it is the feedback that is the most important. It helps them with what they need to work on for next year.

Katelyn's problem this year was to find out what brand of laundry detergent cleaned the best. She tested Gain, Tide, Always Save (generic), All, & Sun. (thank you friends for the detergent samples!!) She did this by putting lines of elements such as chocolate syrup, lipstick, marker, ketchup, and mustard on a white t-shirt. She then filled up 6 bowls of cold water with equal amounts of water. Five bowls were for the detergents and one was for a control with no detergent. After the detergent was stirred around for 2 minutes she added the dirty t-shirts and stirred for another 2 minutes. She then let them soak for thirty minutes. We were all surprised at the results.

Results: Gain worked the best to fight the stains! It was able to clean 3 out of 5 of the stains.

Jocelyn decided to go with a very big question that most 8 years are determined to figure out: What brand of bubble gum helps you blow biggest bubbles!

She blew Hubba Bubba Max, Big League chew, Extra classic, Bubblalicious, and Double Bubble. She blew each brand of gum three times and measured the bubble. She then averaged her results. She found that Hubba Bubba Max blew the biggest bubble!

So now you know! Next time you go to the grocery store we have saved you some time and money when you are trying to decide what brand of laundry detergent and bubble gum to buy!! You are very welcome!!

Here are a few other pics from the Science Fair! Such a fun event!!


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