Why Doesn’t Paper Money Disintegrate In The Washing Machine?

Why Doesn’t Paper Money Disintegrate In The Washing Machine?


Hey I’m Ben Bowlin with
today’s Brain Stuff question. Why doesn’t paper
money disintegrate in the washing machine? May be a better
way to phrase this would be, why
doesn’t paper money disintegrate in the
washing machine. Paper money is
sort of a misnomer. Paper is made from cellulose
and that comes from trees. So newspapers, toilet
paper, probably some wedding invitations,
most of that stuff is made from tree fiber. Trees are chemically broken
down to produce cellulose. And the cellulose
is then combined into very thin sheets of paper. Paper money however, is made
from something different. It’s made from cotton
and linen fibers. These cotton and
linen fibers bond better than the
cellulose fibers. And although the exact
composition of a United States dollar bill is still
kind of a guarded secret, there are a little bit
Willy Wonka about it, most people believe that
it’s around 75% cotton fiber, around 25% linen. Now, this doesn’t
react with water the same way that
cellulose fibers do. By which I mean, they are
basically unaffected by water. Whereas water would break
the cellulose fibers down. So why don’t paper
dollar bills disintegrate in the washing machine? Well because they’re
not exactly paper. I mean, that’s it
pretty simple, right? Amaze your friends,
put hundreds of dollars in a washing machine, and say
you just like to roll the dice. We both know that
you will be fine. Thanks so much for watching. If you have any suggestions
for upcoming topics, any questions,
anecdotes, feedback please we’d love
to hear from you. Leave a comment at the bottom
and we will see you next week. Making it rain. I don’t have enough money,
I’m making it sprinkle. That’s it.

54 thoughts on “Why Doesn’t Paper Money Disintegrate In The Washing Machine?

  1. I think it's too thin to absorb water. Also, he said that the exact composition is unknown, so there might be some funny ingredient(s) mixed in there so that it doesn't absorb water.

  2. whend i was little before washing i was checking my pants many times for money because i was affraid to go to jail for money laundry

  3. there is also a wet strength additive added to the money that chemically bonds to the fibers and to itself to resist breakdown in water. You could boil the money as well and it shouldn't disintegrate.

  4. And they keep its composition a secret why? Then again it's probably for a similar reason that they kept are 51 a secret up until now, despite that everyone already knew about it.

  5. Normal paper is made of cellulose from trees, but paper money is made from cotton and linen fibers. Learn how this makes paper money more water-resistant in this episode of BrainStuff.

    Why Doesn't Paper Money Disintegrate In The Washing Machine?

  6. in so many ways this video is wrong. paper money (except as your saying the dollar, cause many countries use real paper money) doesn't disintegrate in the washing machine because of the fillers and the glue which they contain. in every paper those are used, but in money or waterproof paper they use different glue which is not water soluble, the fillers are mainly minerals so they dont have much effects. next time before making video about something try reading from few sources not from just one.

  7. Cotton and linen are also cellulose. What are you talking about? Just that cotton cellulose has much higher molecular weight.

  8. The material used in dollar bill is paper. Its just that the most common kind is wood based. No need for the raptor quotes

  9. My suggestion is that you go back to school – Cotton IS almost 100% Cellulose, and Linen is made from Cotton. So…they are the same thing.
    Cellulose is hydrophobic and does NOT break down in water – which is why we can NOT eat cotton or digest it.
    It is the same non-reactive compound found in most of the food we eat that is not digested and extruded as waste.

    Chemistry 101 my friend…even Wikipedia explains that cotton IS cellulose.

  10. depends really… is the moon at apogee or perigee? the average has been worked out to be 382,500 km so if you take that and the average walking speed for humans which is 5km/h. you get 76500 hours to walk there or 3187.5 days or 8.73 years. google and a calculator, they are some great tools

  11. Another advantage to the cotton/linen formula is that the number of times one can fold and crease the money before it easily rips skyrockets. This giving us the added bonus of watching people in front of soda machines try to get that dollar juuuuust right in order for the machine to accept their bill. #amIright?

  12. I thought cellulose was waterproof. That's a big reason why the cinnamon challenge is dangerous. Unless the cellulose polymer is weaker in sheets of paper than in cinnamon. When paper is made, does something happen to the cellulose that makes it able to be dissolved in water?

  13. These are the facts: paper money doesn't disintegrate when you put it in the washer. Here's where it gets crazy: it's not really paper.

  14. US paper money material also Kazakhstan money material (Kazakhstan paper money material has more linen fiber than US paper money material due of expensive cotton import cost) is optical brightener resistant because of linen fiber. Optical brightener can be found on regular paper, bleacher/whitener, and washing detergent.
    Optical brightener causes the paper turns to blue color when the UV light is held.
    Euro and many other banknotes are not resist against optical brightener.
    That's one of the thing that I don't like because it reduce the paper grade drastically.

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