Flushing Sodium Down The Toilet Could Be The Last Thing You Do

Flushing Sodium Down The Toilet Could Be The Last Thing You Do

Grant Thompson does silly stuff with science and when he received a request to flush sodium down a toilet he knew who to call — the man who flushed mercury down a toilet with a hypnotic swirl. All cleaned up, the mercury toilet meets its ultimate demise in a mushroom cloud of destruction.

Sodium metal is one of the most highly-reactive metals on the periodic table and it’s pretty much a forgone conclusion that this toilet would not survive a standard flush. So, the guys played around with some other experiments first.

They start with a pinch of sodium metal about the size of a marble and demonstrate how the pressure of small wooden block being dropped on it creates enough pressure to blast the wood into the air.

Next up they try flushing a tiny bit of the metal in water which results in a modest, fiery explosion that’s somewhere along the lines of a cherry bomb.

By the time we finish with the grand finale, this commode will never flush again.

[Grant Thompson]