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How to Make Homemade Bubble Solution

Updated on April 30, 2013

To make bubbles, you only need 3 simple ingredients. The first ingredient you'll need is water. No surprise there. The second ingredient that homemade bubbles need is dish soap. And the third, you will need glycerin (some recipes call or corn syrup or sugar instead of glycerin). More than likely, you'll have these ingredients on hand. In reality, you only need soap and water to make bubble solution. However, adding a thickener such as glycerin or corn syrup will give you bigger, longer lasting bubbles.

After reading this article, you'll be able to easily whip up your own homemade bubble solution for whenever the occasion calls.

Bubble Solution Ratios

Once you have your three basic ingredients for making bubbles, you'll need to get the ratios of each ingredient right. The right balance of your ingredients can make a big difference in the quality of bubbles that you'll be able to produce with your homemade solution. Again, the three basic ingredients that you'll need are:

  • Water,
  • Dish soap, and
  • Glycerin, corn syrup or sugar.

The exact ratios for the perfect bubble solution will vary depending on the type of soap and water you use and even atmospheric conditions may affect your bubble solution. Sample recipes for solutions are listed below. However, you might need to use trial and error to create the most effective bubble solution.

Glycerin, corn syrup and sugar are used as thickeners in the bubble solutions. These ingredients will get your bubbles bigger. Be careful, however, as too much thickener can make you solution too heavy and ineffective.


Homemade Bubble Solutions

Here is an bubble solution mixture that many parents seem to be happy with:

  • 6 parts water
  • 2 parts Joy or blue Dawn dishwashing liquid soap
  • 3/4 part corn syrup or glycerin
  • Gently stir together all the ingredients, being careful to not froth or foam the mixture. That's it! It's that simple. Some people say that storing your mixture for a day actually works better.
  • You can make your own bubble wands with pipe cleaners, metal hangers, thin wires or plastic six-pack rings. Be creative and you'll discover all sorts of things can be used as bubble wands. You can even make bubbles with just your fingers by making circles with your fingers!

Another recipe that seems to work well is:

  • 1/2 cup dishwashing soap
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp sugar, corn syrup or glycerin
  • Mix together gently and have fun!


Some Interesting Tips for Homemade Bubble Soltuions

  • Bubbles last longer on humid days.
  • Storing the bubble solution overnight produces better bubbles.
  • Distilled water works better than tap water.
  • Alcohol-free detergents tend to work better.
  • Contamination may prevent your bubbles from working. Make sure that all buckets, cups, bubble wands, etc, are clean and free from dirt and chemicals.
  • Bubbles can be colored using food coloring, just remember that food coloring stains.

Different Ways to Play with Bubbles

Bubble Snakes

To create bubble snakes, you will need

  • 1 plastic bottle, with the bottom cut off
  • 1 terry cloth (eg old wash cloths or old socks)
  • 1 rubber band

Cut the bottom off of the plastic bottle. Cut the cloth in a circle, wrap the cloth around the open bottom and secure it with a rubber band. Dip the cloth in your bubble solution and blow from the top of the bottle. You will get tons of little bubbles. Keep blowing and your bubbles will stick together, getting longer and eventually you will make a long bubble snake!

Bubble Dome

Smooth a layer of bubble solution on a clean counter top. Use a straw and blow a dome-shaped bubble on the counter!

There are tons of different ways to play with bubbles. Get creative and have fun!


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    • Daljeet Kaur profile image

      Daljeet Kaur 21 months ago from India

      I love this bubble game. Surely going to try this at home :)

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      Kelly A Burnett 4 years ago from United States

      I never knew you could do this at home! I definitely will have to try it for the children at church - that is one of my pleasures - that and Frisbee. Thank yu!