Make Your Own Bubble Mixture for Summer

Bubbles are great aren’t they? I could sit for hours blowing bubbles and my girls are exactly the same. We have bought so many bottles of bubble mixture over the years and they always end up getting dropped and spilled!! Such a waste of money!

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I decided to look for recipes to make my own bubbles, that way I would be able to make them whenever I like! My mum used to make me bubbles when I was little- using washing up liquid and water. They did the job but were not quite the same as the real thing. So what exactly are those magic ingredients?

Washing up liquid (dish soap)

Water

Glycerine

Glycerine is the key ingredient as it gives the bubbles strength and makes them last longer! It is easy enough to buy- we got ours from our local supermarket. I will go into details of quantities further on but first I want to tell you about the amazing idea I had!

Whether you buy the bubbles or make your own they will most probably end up on the floor won’t they? So then you are left with an upset child who wants more bubbles! You could just whip up another batch but who has time to do that every 5 minutes? So, I had a look online and found this…

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Isn’t it amazing?! I found this Collapsible Folding Water Dispenser and it is a bargain! First of all it holds enough bubble mixture to last all summer but the best part is the tap- the children can help themselves when they spill or run out of bubbles! Genius!!

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So how do we make the bubbles?

Now I am working in ‘cups’ here, I don’t mean mugs I mean the specific measuring cups you can buy. I use them for so many things but if you don’t have them then 1 cup is roughly 230ml.

If you don’t fancy making an enormous batch then this is the basic recipe:

1/2 cup of washing up liquid (dish soap)

5 cups of water

2 tablespoons of glycerine

However, if you want to join me in making enough for the summer then here is the scaled up version (x4):

2 cups of washing up liquid (dish soap)

20 cups of water

8 tablespoons of glycerine (4 of those little bottles you can buy). 

Add the ingredients slowly and then ideally, leave to stand over night to allow the ingredients to settle. However, not one to like waiting, we tried our straight away and they worked just fine!

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As a side note, I have been trying lots of different pots and blowers and some are truly awful! Sainsbury’s bubble mixture is dreadful and the shape of the blower does not produce great bubbles. The best by far are the little party pack bubbles from Tesco, the pots are just right for little hands and the blower produces cute little bubbles!

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Have you ever made your own mixture? 

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p.s. I’ve ordered another one in a larger size and am going to fill it with water so they can help themselves for their watering cans! Love it!!!

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  1. I’m always on the lookout for homemade activities for my little lady and this looks ace. I will definitely be trying this x

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      This made me snort Jenny, no no nothing that will blow you up. You’ll find it next to the vanilla essence 🙂 xxx

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  2. Thanks for sharing this Katie, I’m going to try it! I use glycerine in my playdough recipe, it must be the magic little person ingredient! xx

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      I can just picture you at a festival! I have never been, besided our local one ‘Rhythms of the World’ but maybe when the girls are older I will brave Glasto x

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  3. Hi Katy, Thanks for sharing your bubble recipe. I have just one silly question, what is washing up liquid? Is it dish soap, body soap, or laundry soap? I’m thinking dish soap. Please let me know, I’m really looking forward to trying this one with my nephews.

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      Hiya!! You are right – it is dish soap 🙂 Will go edit the post now so it is clearer for others 🙂 Enjoy!! xx

  4. Has anyone tried it with baby soap for “tear free”? Also is the glycerine really sticky, we tried it to syrup and it was really sticky.

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  6. Love the bubble recipe, but using a water dispenser to put in something that looks like juice makes me nervous.

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      I think it is about using your judgement as a parent to know whether your child is likely to make that mistake. Mine know that it is bubble mixture and so wouldn’t even consider drinking from it. x

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