Bubbles are great, aren’t they? For me, they sum up my summer as a child. I could sit for hours blowing bubbles and my kids are exactly the same. They love nothing more than to blow bubbles both big and small, trying to get them to float up way into the sky without popping.
The problem with bubble mix is that it gets used up quickly or easily gets knocked over and spilled on the floor. So frustrating having to buy new mixture over and over again.
A couple of years ago I decided I’d had enough and so started the hunt for the perfect homemade bubble recipe.
My mum used to make her own bubble solution when I was little using dish soap and water. I mean really that just creates bubble water and not exactly what you’d expect but I was happy enough.
I wanted to make bubbles that would keep their surface tension to grow big and strong but light enough to float around in the air.
How do bubbles work?
Bubbles are made with soap and water and are filled with air. When the bubble mix is placed on a bubble wand and air is blown into it, the soap forms a skin around the air, trapping it to create a bubble.
The problem with many homemade bubble mixtures is that people rely on washing liquid and water alone. Now, there are lots of different recipes you can try but this is the one that I have found to work best.
How to make bubbles that don’t pop
The reason bubbles pop is because the water in the bubble’s skin evaporates. You may have noticed that hotter days are worse for a mixture compared to cooler days. To prevent this happening, you need to add in another agent that will strengthen and thicken the skin to prevent the evaporation process happening as quickly.
The magic ingredient? Glycerine.
The glycerine helps the bubbles last longer and also allow you to create giant bubbles as the skin can stretch and grow with a reinforced surface tension.
How to make bubble solution at home
You will need:
Washing up liquid (dish soap)
And that is it! Combine the ingredients and you have the best homemade bubbles on the block!
Small-scale recipe for homemade 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 bubble recipe.
1/2 cup of washing up liquid (dish soap)
5 cups of water
2 tablespoons of glycerine
Try to avoid shaking it up as you combine the ingredients and if possible allow it to settle overnight. It will still work if you use it immediately but it will be so much better if left to rest.
Large-scale recipe for homemade bubbles
This will make you enough for the summer (four times the basic recipe)
You will need:
2 cups of washing up liquid (dish soap)
20 cups of water
8 tablespoons of glycerine (4 of those little bottles you can buy).
As with the small-scale recipe, you want to leave the mix to settle overnight so that you can create the best bubbles possible.
How to store your DIY bubble mixture
Nobody wants to be called over to top up empty bubble bottles every five minutes so my best advice is to get yourself a giant dispenser like this one…
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!!
I hope this has shown you that making your own bubble mixture at home is super simple. Let me know if you give it a go!
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!!!