Magic Milk Experiment

This is an old classic science experiment but it’s new to us. Have you ever tried the Magic Milk Experiment? It’s very cool.
Magic Milk Experiment

Since we are rationing our food and paper products around here lately, we found a second use for Ashlyn’s cereal milk. Instead of dumping it out once the cereal was gone (she’s not a bowl milk drinker), we gave this experiment a shot. Her bowl milk was clean, not cereal colored and had no floaties, so it worked well.

  1. Pour milk (whole or 2%) in shallow dish until milk covers the bottom.
  2. Add one drop of several colors of food coloring to the center.
  3. Dip a cutip in liquid dish soap.
  4. Tap that in the center where the color is and BOOM ! Watch the coolness.

Milk Science (1)

I’ve read most suggest using Dawn Dish Soap but all I had were Castile Soap and Shaklee Basic H. The Castile did ok, but the Shaklee Basic H worked great.
Milk Science (2)

Once you tap the cutip in, you can tap in other areas or swirl it around and the colors will still move around. They just move the most when you first dip it in.
Milk Science (3)

We did notice, it was a little goofy “double dipping” at times. So using a dry cutip worked best. And the whole thing fizzled out and stopped working after the colors were spread out and swirled a lot. So it’s quick fun.
Milk Science (4)

But still quite cool !!!
Milk Science (5)

Here’s a quick 40 second video to see it in action.

Have you tried this experiment?

Had you done anything different?

Got any other quick, cheap, fun ideas?



  • Cruella March 30, 2020 at 10:46 am Reply

    COOL! I’ve seen this done with pepper and dish soap to show kids how important it is to wash their hands.

    • Everyday Snapshot April 3, 2020 at 9:47 pm Reply

      I just saw that one the other day !! That one was really cool too and a great visual for the washing hands.

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