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How to Make Bubble Solution

Updated on January 6, 2013

How to make Bubble Solution - Best Bubble Solution Recipe

Yes, there are tricks and secrets to the perfect bubble solution. Here is the bubble recipe to make your soap-bubble last longer

My 3 year old wanted to make bubbles, so going out and buying the regular bubble maker was pretty easy. And cheap. But after only 10 minutes, she was already out of the magical bubble liquid. (I suspect she drop half on the ground, but couldn't get her to admit it)

I though : no problem ! Let's fill it up with water and some liquid dish washing soap.

But no. What a disappointment. The bubble won't even form or if they do, they are immediately popping. So here I was - a mom on a mission (again) for answers and solutions. This time, to make the perfect homemade bubble solution.

Bubble Solution Recipe

Only 3 ingredients... but don't mess it up !

1. water

2. dishwashing detergent

3. glycerin

read on for the details ...

#1 - Water for Bubble Solution - yeah but, what water exactly ?

The water you will use for your homemade bubble mix is a key ingredient for the perfect bubble.

You will need SOFT water.

soft water


Water containing little or no dissolved salts of calcium or magnesium, especially water containing less than 85.5 parts per million of calcium carbonate.

You need soft water to make bubbles, because hard water contains mineral salts that interfere with the formation of lather with soap. The tap water where you live could be good enough, ( you will of course have to try it yourself ) but for optimal bubble results, look for distilled water at your grocery store.

Bubble Trick : Optimize your water

If you don't want to (or can't) buy distilled water and your water seems to be too "hard", you can use tap water and just let it sit over night in an open bucket. Most of the chlorine will evaporate and the iron and other particles will drop to the bottom.

#2 - Dishwashing Detergent for you Homemade Bubble - did you try these for your bubble mix ?

There is a friendly dispute on which dishwashing soap is the best when making your own bubble solution. Some brands are only available in certain countries, so you will have to experiment on your own, but whatever you do, do NOT use a soap for dishwashing machines. Those are made to NOT make bubbles.

I Wanna Buy Bubble Solution - I give up... I just wanna buy

This bubble solution has good reviews on amazon. The perfect bubble solution-durable enough to create long lasting, high flying bubbles

# 3 - Glycerine, Karo Syrup or Flaxseed - for long lasting bubbles

Theses ingredients are optional, but they can help slow down the evaporation of the water. Your bubble will last longer.

Glycerine is available at most drug stores and grocery stores. Do not buy the glycerine mix with other substance. Another practical additive is white Karo Syrup which you can find easily too.

You could also try to boil for 5 min some flaxseeds, wich will make an oily water. You then use this water (take out the seeds of course) while it is still hot, and add your dishwashing soap. This way, it will mix better and could help evaporate some unwanted substance from the soap.

homemade bubble mix
homemade bubble mix

The Perfect Homemade Bubble Mix

now, mix it all toghether for the perfect outdoor game

Soap Bubble refill from Germany - when making bubbles is your specialty

This brand has ONE major product : soap bubbles

Since making bubbles is their specialty, I though I would mention them here.

How do You Make Your Soap Bubble Solution ?

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      5 years ago

      4 cups water

      1 cup detergent

      1/4 cup karo syrup

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      5 years ago

      I'll make this for my nephew.

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      6 years ago

      What are the proportions of soap, glycerin and water to use?

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      6 years ago

      How much of each ingredient do we use?

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      I make bubble solution with Joy, water and glycerin. I never knew that there was a problem with hard water. Now I understand why I have had a difficult time here where I live.

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.


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