KENTUCKY (5/17/17) You are not going to believe what you can do with finger nail polish remover. Jason Lindsey aka “Mr. Science” with Hooked on Science and a kid scientist show us why you should never get a Styrofoam cup close to acetone.  

Dissolving Styrofoam


  • Styrofoam Cups
  • Acetone
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Pie Pan

STEP 1:  Place the disposable gloves on your hands and then pour 1 cup of acetone into the pie pan.
STEP 2: 
Place the Styrofoam cups into the pie pan of acetone and observe. Describe and classify the Styrofoam cups, before and after placing them into the pie pan of acetone, by their observable properties. Develop a model to describe how the Styrofoam cups are made of particles too small to be seen. 

The acetone is a solvent that easily dissolves the bonds between the polymers, which make up the Styrofoam cups.  

Jason Lindsey – Hooked on Science

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