Invisible Ink Using Milk

Easy Invisible Ink from the Kitchen

You can use milk as an invisible ink to write secret messages.
You can use milk as an invisible ink to write secret messages. Photodisc, Getty Images

Milk is an effective and readily available form of invisible ink. Here's how to use milk as invisible ink to write and reveal secret messages. I've also included an explanation of how milk works as an invisible ink.

  1. Dip a paintbrush, toothpick or stick into milk and write your message on paper. You'll be able to see the damp message, but it will disappear once the paper dries.

     

  2. Reveal the invisible message by holding the paper over a lit light bulb or other heat source.

    How It Works

    The substances in milk weaken the paper and also may be more susceptible to heat than the paper, so although the message dries clear, the paper weakens and darkens where the milk was applied.

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    Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Invisible Ink Using Milk." ThoughtCo, Mar. 10, 2015, thoughtco.com/invisible-ink-using-milk-607935. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2015, March 10). Invisible Ink Using Milk. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/invisible-ink-using-milk-607935 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Invisible Ink Using Milk." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/invisible-ink-using-milk-607935 (accessed January 19, 2018).