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9 Ways to Create Glow in the Dark Halloween Decorations

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4. Paint With Liquid Laundry Detergent

Create glow in the dark messages with laundry detergent
Create glow in the dark messages with laundry detergent

Liquid laundry detergent glows in the dark. You can make things glow in the dark by “painting” them with laundry detergent (like cake plates skulls, or other Halloween accessories). Or use it to write on the walls.

Glow In the Dark writing and spider web
Glow In the Dark writing and spider web

And the great thing is, it will wash right off when you are done!

 

Glow In The Dark Pose-able Skeleton*

The skeleton* in the picture above is also meant to glow in the dark, which is why it is such a bright color of green. You won’t get that same effect with a normal white skeleton.

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8 Responses

  1. jessie lester
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    so all you need is liquid laundry detergent, and then you paint your’e wall and at night it glows?

    • Wanda
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      Hi Jessie…you do have to have a black light in the area (the laundry detergent won’t glow all on its own). I just hung a fluorescent black light tube (like this one from amazon.com) at the top of the wall with the light bulb facing down. When you turn it on, then the laundry detergent will glow.

  2. Sean
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    Not all liquid laundry detergent glows under a blacklight; Arm & Hammer detergent is a great one to use and also on the cheaper side compared to others.

    • Wanda
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      Thanks, Sean! I didn’t know that. I used Tide since that’s what I had on hand…but good to know there’s a cheaper option :)

  3. Terry
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    did you paint the liquid detergent with a paint brush? I have my black light in the bathroom for the holiday , it doesn’t look as bright as you pic

    • Wanda
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      Hi Terry…I did paint the laundry detergent with a paint brush. You could try doing another layer of detergent (mine was thick enough on the wall to run down). Or you could try moving the black light closer to where you have the laundry detergent…I find some of those black lights don’t project the light very far. Hope that helps!

  4. Sebrina
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    What brand of liquid detergent did you use ?

    • Wanda
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      Hi Sebrina…I used Tide, but others have said that Arm & Hammer works well, too…and it’s a little cheaper.

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