A treasure map with invisible ink

The invisible ink is very useful for drawing treasure maps or writing secret messages. Only those who know chemistry will find a way to reveal your message. Let’s use the onion juice to prepare the invisible ink.

You will need:

From 6 years

Difficulty : medium

This experience requires the help of an adult

Let's experiment

Peel your onion and cut a quarter of it into very small pieces.

With the garlic press, mash the onion pieces and collect the juice drops in a bowl.

With a toothpick, draw or write the messages you like using onion juice like ink.

When finished, let your sheet of paper dry for 5 to 10 minutes.

With the help of an adult, turn on an electric hot plate and allow it to heat for 2 to 3 minutes.

Then ask an adult to position the sheet on the heater plate and observe what is happening.

Et voilà 😊 Nous, nous avons fait une carte au trésor.

Understand the experiment

It smells like onion!

Onion juice is an organic compound. Under the action of heat, these juices oxidize and decompose. This results in a color change. Invisible, the ink turns brown or black. It’s up to you to play spies !!

Did you know?

The first secret messages in invisible ink date from Ancient Greece (-500 BC)

Invisible ink was used in spies as early as the First World War or in magic tricks. But the very first to use it, are the ancient Greeks and Romans who used the milk of a plant, the tithymalus.


Alternatively, you can test the juice of certain fruits. Like lemon for example.

Other super fun experiments to do at home!

Prepare an orange caviar

Use molecular chemistry to create foods with unexpected shapes. Do you think making orange juice beads is impossible? This is without counting on the properties of Agar, a natural molecule capable of gelling all liquids. Transform yourself into a molecular chemist to surprise your friends with your edible creations. […]