Household Product Testing Science Fair Projects

Science Fair Project Ideas Using Common Products

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When you are looking for a science fair project idea, one of the of the biggest obstacles is coming up with a project that uses readily available materials. Science doesn't have to be complicated or expensive or use specialized laboratory equipment. There are great projects that use common household products. Use these questions to help trigger more science fair project ideas. Who knows... maybe you have a lucrative career in consumer product testing in your future!


  • If you use invisible ink, does a message appear equally well on all types of paper? Does it matter what type of invisible ink you use?
  • Do all brands of diapers absorb the same amount of liquid? Does it matter what the liquid is (water as opposed to juice or... um.. urine)?
  • Do different brands of batteries (same size, new) last equally long? If a brand lasts longer than others, does this change if you change the product (e.g., running a light as opposed to running a digital camera)?
  • How long do home hair coloring products hold their color? Does brand matter? Does color really make a difference (red vs brown)? Does the type of hair make a difference in determining the degree of colorfastness? How does previous treatment (perming, previous coloring, straightening) affect initial color intensity and colorfastness?
  • Do all brands of bubble gum make the same size bubble?
  • Do all dishwashing detergents produce the same amount of bubbles? Clean the same number of dishes?
  • Is the nutritional content of different brands of a vegetable (e.g., canned peas) the same?
  • How permanent are permanent markers? What solvents (e.g., water, alcohol, vinegar, detergent solution) will remove the ink? Do different brands/types of markers produce the same results?
  • Do plant-based insect repellents work as well as synthesized chemical repellents (e.g., citronella versus DEET)?
  • Do consumers prefer bleached paper products or natural-color paper products? Why?
  • Is laundry detergent as effective if you use less than the recommended amount? More?
  • Is bottled water more pure than tap water? How does distilled water compare with drinking water?
  • How does the pH of juice change with time? How does temperature affect the rate of chemical changes?
  • Do all hairsprays hold equally well? Equally long? Does the type of hair affect the results?

Brainstorm more ideas. Take any product in your home and see if you can think of questions about it. What factors affect how well it works? Do all brands work the same way?

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Household Product Testing Science Fair Projects." ThoughtCo, Apr. 5, 2023, Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2023, April 5). Household Product Testing Science Fair Projects. Retrieved from Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Household Product Testing Science Fair Projects." ThoughtCo. (accessed May 31, 2023).