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Blowing Up Balloons – Types and Tips

Blowing Up Balloons – Types and Tips

Created on February 3, 2021

Nowadays, people rarely celebrate holidays and parties without balloons – they are used for creating whole figures of birds, flowers, butterflies, cartoon characters, and beautiful arrangements. No store opening can be imagined without a balloon composition. People blow up balloons for anniversaries, holidays in kindergartens and schools, and corporate parties within a company. Moreover, there is a wide choice of helium balloons that are sold in all amusement parks and city centers.

Every child likes balloons, but not all adults love to blow them up, especially if you need a lot of them for a party. It will be useful to learn how to make this task easier for yourself, so meet the best guide on balloon blowing!

Blowing up balloons with your mouth tips

You no longer need to ask yourself a question “Where can I get balloons blown up?” Do it right at home! If there is no suitable pumping equipment, you can try to inflate balloons with your own efforts. How to blow up balloons without helium or a pump? The first option is the simplest. Do it with your mouth. You can use this method when you need to inflate a small number of balloons. 

How to do it correctly

    1. Stretch a balloon in all directions. Before blowing up the balloon, stretch it with your hands to make it easier for you to pump it with your mouth. When stretched, latex softens and expands more easily under the pressure of air.
    2. Pinch the neck of the balloon between your thumb and forefinger. Thus, you can hold it while blowing up.
    3. Take a deep breath and “kiss” the balloon. Wrap your lips around the neck of the balloon and press them to your fingers.
    4. Breathe out the air from your lungs into the balloon. This is the same as puffing out your cheeks and then exhaling air, but in this case, you should relax your cheeks and release air into the ball. As you exhale, keep your lips tight and press them firmly to the neck of the balloon. Your mouth will fill with some air, but keep in mind to blow the balloon, not your cheeks! 
    5. Overcome initial resistance. The first exhalation into the balloon is the most difficult. However, after that, the balloon begins to inflate easier. Get used to the balloon and keep filling it with air!
    6. Stop blowing up before the balloon goes pop. When you feel that the balloon is getting tough, the job is done. 
    7. Tie the balloon.

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Pros and cons

Pros

  • Your child will be happy to inflate balloons together with you. All children love this kind of entertainment.
  • Inflating balloons with your mouth does not require any monetary resources.
  • Associatively, balloons evoke a kind, sunny mood. Inflation of balloons fascinates, gives rise to the anticipation of the holiday, and awakens the desire to play with them as soon as possible. In short, blowing up balloons with your mouth has beneficial effects on the psyche.
  • Pulmonologists appreciate balloons very much. After all, when you inflate the balloon, deep inhalation through the nose and exhalation through the mouth are inevitable. Otherwise, nothing is going to work out. With such a respiratory rhythm, the internal bronchial pressure rises, the volume of the air sacs becomes larger, the release of carbon dioxide increases, and the body oxygenizes the blood more easily. 

Cons

  • Some people have too little lung capacity to blow up balloons with their mouths.
  • Inflating balloons with your mouth too vigorously may cause dizziness.
  • It is dangerous to blow up balloons filled with something (for example, with confetti inside), as a part of the decoration can accidentally get into the respiratory system of a person. This is especially true for children.
  • Some balloons require extensive effort to inflate. For example, it is very difficult to blow up twisting balloons with your mouth. In such a case, it is better to use a pump.
  • Inflation of balloons by the mouth is the cause of an increase in blood pressure. Therefore, hypertensive patients are advised to inflate the balloons with a pump.
  • You should not use your mouth to inflate balloons with dense rubber. Such activity can lead to sudden changes in blood pressure and shortness of breath.

Blow up helium balloons guide

A balloon blown up with ordinary air will never fly high. To achieve such an exciting effect, you need to know how to inflate the balloons with helium. In addition, do not forget that due to the vaporization property of this gaseous substance, you should blow up the balloons exclusively before the event.

how to blow up balloons fastHow to blow up balloons fast with helium

  1. Place a suitable nozzle on the gas bottle. Typically, there are two types of plastic cone nozzles: the smaller one is intended for foil balloons and the larger – for rubber ones.
  2. Open the gas bottle. To do this, turn the valve counterclockwise. You will hear a soft hissing sound that will stop within a short period of time.
  3. Pull the neck of the balloon over the nozzle of the gas bottle so that it grips tightly. Press the neck of your balloon against the nozzle with your thumb and forefinger to keep gas from escaping.
  4. Push down the valve. With the same hand that you are holding the neck of the balloon, lightly push down the valve. This will open the nozzle, and the balloon will start filling with helium. When the balloon is inflated, release the nozzle.  
  5. Tie the balloon. Make a loop around two fingers, thread the neck of the balloon through it, and tighten the knot properly.
  6. Close the gas bottle. When you finish inflating all the balloons, close the gas bottle, turning the valve clockwise.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Helium is a quick and easy way to blow up balloons.
  • Helium provides a great opportunity to create a variety of fascinating compositions, such as an arch from balloons.
  • Helium is absolutely safe for the natural environment and humans. It does not explode and does not contain any toxic components. You can inhale this gas without harm to your health (of course, in small quantities).
  • Helium is 7 times lighter than air. Therefore, balloons filled with this gas can fly.
  • Before inflating the balloon with helium, it can be treated with a special composition (balloon sealant), which is evenly applied to its inner surface. Drying out, this composition forms a thin polymer film, due to which helium remains in the balloon for a longer time (up to 2 weeks).
  • Foil balloons inflated with helium do not lose their shape for a long time and continue to remain in the air, as helium comes out of such balloons very slowly. In general, helium is one of the easiest options on how to blow up foil balloons.

Cons

  • The option of inflating balloons with helium is hardly suitable for a small celebration. A gas cylinder is not cheap, and it does not make sense to buy it just for a few balloons.
  • Balloons filled with helium fly for a short time, because helium molecules are very small and can seep through the pores of the latex from which the balloons are made.
  • Strict adherence to all requirements for storing bottles with helium in order to avoid an explosion. For example, you have to store the helium bottle only outdoors, keeping the product away from direct sunlight, exclusively at above-zero temperatures, avoiding both freezing temperatures and dampness.
  • According to the opinion of many environmentalists, helium balloons have a negative impact on the environment. Moreover, helium is a non-renewable natural gas. It is often used in medicine and science. Therefore, some environment protection specialists argue that spending such a valuable resource on balloons is not environmentally friendly.

Blowing up balloons with a pump

Although you can inflate ordinary balloons by exhaling air into the strip of the future balloon, this trick will not ensure your success with twisting models of balloons. In this case, you need a faithful assistant – a small pump. Such equipment usually comes fitted when you purchase a set of long balloons. If you bought them without the supplied pump, you can find one at any sports store and then use it for blowing up balloons.

easy way to blow up balloonsHow to do it?

  1. Put a balloon on the pump nozzle. The nozzle should be ribbed so that the neck of the balloon wraps around it tightly. Do not forget to hold the balloon so it does not fly off.
  2. Start inflating the balloon. If you have a hand pump, pull the lever back and then push it in. In the case of a foot pump, depress the pedal and release it. If you use a pump, there is no need to pre-stretch the balloon.
  3. Tie the balloon. When the balloon begins to inflate with difficulty, it's time to tie it.
  • Pinch the tail of the ball between your thumb and forefinger.
  • Stretch the neck of the balloon and wrap it around the same forefinger and thumb.
  • Pass the neck of the balloon through the loop you just made and pull it tight while releasing your fingers.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • There is no need to crumple and stretch the balloons before inflating them. Moreover, you can use the pump to inflate balloons of any size and type.
  • The pump delivers air to the balloon in equal portions and exactly as much as required. Therefore, it is easy and convenient to control the balloon size with such a pump.
  • Ball pumps are inexpensive. Furthermore, they often come fitted with the very balloons.
  • Pumps designed for blowing up balloons turn out to be very compact and handy. So, you can take a pump wherever you go.
  • Air-filled balloons lose their volume much longer than helium ones, since the gas molecules contained in the air - nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide - are larger than helium molecules, and they do not pass through the balloon's shell so quickly.

Cons

  • Children are more likely to inflate balloons with their mouth than with a pump.
  • You need to be in good physical shape to inflate a large number of balloons with a pump. After all, this task requires some effort.
  • A low speed of pumping volumetric balloons. Thus, small pumps created especially for inflating balloons are practically useless when working with a large number of toy balloons.
  • If you have a regular pump, you will also need a special nozzle for blowing up balloons.
  • Ball pumps often turn out to be fragile and can break under intense stress.

Bonus: fun and weird ways to blow up balloons

Balloons can be used not only to create a festive atmosphere but also to perform conjuring tricks that will definitely impress children. Do you want to brighten up your celebration? Then check out the following fun ways to blow up balloons!

Yeast

To blow up the balloon in such a way you need:

  • sugar – 3 tbs
  • warm water – 100 ml
  • dry yeast - 30 g 
  • 1 plastic bottle
  • balloon
  • elastic thread 

Dissolve sugar in the water, stir in the yeast, and pour the mixture into a bottle. Pull the balloon over the neck of the bottle and fasten it with an elastic thread. Place the bottle in a warm place. After a while, the balloon will begin to inflate.

Soda + Vinegar

how to blow up balloons without helium

This is another fun way to inflate the balloon. Pour some baking soda into the balloon (no more than 3-4 teaspoons). For convenience, you can use a funnel. Pour a small amount of vinegar in the bottle and carefully pull the balloon over the neck of the bottle. After that, pour out the baking soda from the balloon into the bottle. When soda and vinegar react, they release carbon dioxide, which can be used to inflate the balloon.

Dry Ice

Dry ice has an unusual property of passing from a solid to a gaseous state, omitting the liquid phase. There are two ways you can inflate the balloon using dry ice:

  1. Throw a small piece of dry ice into the balloon and tie it up. The balloon will begin to grow in size right in front of your eyes!
  2. Place dry ice in a narrow flask and pour warm water into it. After that, pull the balloon over the neck of the flask, and it will begin to grow under the influence of the generated steam.

Final Thoughts

Now, you know about the 3 most popular ways to inflate balloons: with your mouth, pump, or helium. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages, so choose the one that suits you best and go ahead to create an unforgettable holiday. Moreover, do not forget about the fun and weird ways to blow up balloons to delight not only your children but the whole family! Balloons Online provides the best balloons for any occasion at prices that make sense. Check us out at balloons.online!