In order to experiment with bubbles, you’ll need a big batch of bubble solution. Explore the recipes and then choose the one that fits your purpose and read the tips below for best results. All three of these recipes make 1L of bubble solution.
Tips for great bubble solutions
- Glycerine helps soap bubbles hold water, so that they last longer. It is very helpful if you are doing bubble tricks, but less important if you are mixing up a bucket of bubble solution to mess about with. You only need a little bit! Too much glycerine makes your solution too heavy and sticky to make good bubbles. You can buy a small bottle of glycerine from most pharmacies.
- The key ingredient: water, varies widely in its quality. Soft water is good for bubbles. Hard water, (any water containing high levels of iron, including well water) is bad for bubbles. If you live in an area with hard water and are having difficulties making good bubbles, try using distilled water (available at the grocery store).
- Johnson’s® baby shampoo produces better bubbles than any of the dish soaps we tried, Dawn® dishwashing liquid (blue) was our soap of choice. All of these solutions work better if you “age” them overnight in an open container.