How to Make a Fire Extinguisher with Baking Soda and Vinegar


With all the cold weather we've been having, the fireplace, among other heat sources, have been on non-stop at our house. That got me to thinking...what if a fire ignites inside the house? How would we extinguish it? We don't own a fire extinguisher. That started me on my quest to make a fire extinguisher with things I already have in the house, mainly, the ever versatile baking soda and vinegar. Follow these easy instructions on how to make a fire extinguisher with baking soda and vinegar. It would be a good idea to keep a pre-made one in case of emergencies. If a fire ever ignites in your home, it's likely you won't have time to make a fire extinguisher from scratch.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda, a few tablespoons
  • Vinegar, 1/2 quart
  • A plastic bottle, around quart size
  • tissue paper
  • rubber band
  • Fill the plastic bottle (fire extinguisher) about half way with vinegar.

  • Carefully form the tissue into a cup shapes and gently slide the bottom (cupped part) of the tissue into the bottle/fire extinguisher while making sure the rest of the tissue stays up, out of the bottle. Rubber band the tissue around the rim to keep the tissue open and in place.

  • Pour about 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the tissue pocket you have made.

  • Use the small plastic bag to form a tight cover on your fire extinguisher (bottle) and wrap the other rubber band around it to keep it in place.

  • The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar will produce a foam. Make sure the vinegar in the bottle does not come into contact with the baking soda until you are ready to use it. When you are ready to use your fire extinguisher, give it a strong shake, then quickly remove the top. Aim it towards the fire from a safe distance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use common sense and caution about fire.

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