Easy Homemade Bubble Mix Recipe - Giant Bubbles and Bubble Storage

Make Your Own Bubble Mixture for Summer

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.

Best Bubble Mixture For Summer

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.

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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!!!

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    April 21, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    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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      April 22, 2015 at 10:12 am

      It is so easy to do 🙂 x

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    Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    April 21, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Love this! You have so many wonderful ideas! I will have to try adding glycerine, and that container is awesome. Thanks for the great tips.

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      April 22, 2015 at 10:07 am

      The more you add the better 🙂 x

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    Jenny @ Unremarkable Files
    April 22, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    In what form is glycerin? It sounds like something that is going to blow me up. Liquid or powder? What section in the grocery store?

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      April 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      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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    April 23, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Ahh this is brilliant, I’d tried washing liquid and bubble bath but needed the secret ingredient! Thank-you!

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      April 29, 2015 at 10:25 am

      The more you add the better xx

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    April 23, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    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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      April 29, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Ooh not tried it in playdough! x

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    Caro | The Twinkles Mama
    April 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Aaah Kate — this is music to my ears. I LOVE bubbles! As do my boys!! Bubbles and festivals go hand in hand and these will get a LOT of action when festival season starts!! BRILLIANT 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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      April 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

      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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    Alice Megan
    April 25, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    That water dispenser is so handy I can think of tons of things I’d use it for

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      April 29, 2015 at 9:53 am

      It is so great isn’t it? I have 2 now! x

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    Mrs G
    August 4, 2015 at 7:54 am

    A M A Z I N G

    we were trying to make our own mix yesterday, and failing miserably.

    Thank you!

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      August 12, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Oh glad you found this then, it is a great recipe! x

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    Elizabeth A.
    May 2, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    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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      May 3, 2016 at 8:36 am

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

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    May 7, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    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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    May 23, 2018 at 2:58 pm

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

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      June 22, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      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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    June 10, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    I’m planning on using a washed out large laundry detergent container that has a spigot to store the bubble solution in

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      June 10, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      Great idea!

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