Have fun making your own bubble solution with these fun-to-experiment-with bubble recipes. Commercial solutions may be fine for general use, but a bunch of bubble-crazed kids trying to blow really big bubbles requires lots of solution which can get quite expensive.
Joy and Dawn (made in the USA) are considered the best detergents to use in the bubble solution. Ivory and Palmolive are also OK.
But climatic conditions vary and take a big effect, so you'll need to do a bit of experimenting with your bubble recipe a few days prior to the party.
The secret ingredient for sturdy, colorful bubbles is Glycerine (available at most pharmacies). Glycerine is a bit expensive, so you can try also experimenting with Karo Syrup (available at the grocery store).
Soft water is good for bubbles. Any water containing high levels of iron is bad for bubbles. To get the best mixture, try using distilled water. But first try it with the tap water at your house (and you may be one of those lucky people who have a built in bubble water faucet…)
Gently stir the ingredients together (avoid making a lot of foam) and store in a sealed container overnight (the solution seems to get better with age).
(Maya, my daughter, just about to pop a Monster Bubble made with a clothes-hanger wand!)
After you experiment with the recipes below, here's a complete page with some of the Coolest Bubble Games... Share your bubble recipes and bubble making adventures in the comments section below!
Basic Bubble Recipes
Dawn Ultra or Joy Ultra - 1 part
Distilled Water - 15 parts
Glycerine or White Karo Syrup - 1/4 part
Joy - 2/3 cup
Water - one gallon
Glycerine - three tablespoons
Regular Dawn or Joy - 1 part
Distilled Water - 10 parts
Glycerine or White Karo Syrup - 1/4 parts
Your Bubble Recipes
Kate's Milk Bubbles Recipe
Dawn dish-soap - 1 part
Dean's 2% Milk - 2 parts
Distilled Water - 3 parts
White Karol Syrup - 1 part
Maria's Bubble Recipe
Here's the bubble solution recipe that I use. You won't believe the size of the bubbles I get. Remember to leave the solution standing for a few hours, overnight if possible.
Ultra Ivory Blue - 1 cup
Water - 12 cups
Glycerin - 1 Tablespoon
Holly's Good Bubble Recipe
Combine 1/2c. liquid dish-washing soap, 2 tsp of sugar and 1/14c.water in a mixing bowl.
Mix gently. This recipe yields 1 3/4 cups of bubble mix.
Use immediately or store in a container.
Mark's Best Bubble Recipe
1 cup soap
3 cup cold water
2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup glycerin
Add all ingredients and stir well
*let it sit overnight for best results
Lesley's Long-Life Bubble Ingredients
1/3 cup commercial bubble solution
1/3 cup of water
1/3 cup of glycerine
Kelly's Soapy Delight Bubble Recipe
1 cup dish soap
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup baby powder or if you don't have baby powder then baking soda.
Mix it all in a plastic container and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Play and have fun
Rick's EZ 1 2 3 Bubble Recipe
4 cups cool tap water
2 cups of Dawn dish detergent
2 packages of gelatine
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly but gently (to prevent excessive suds or foam).
Can be used immediately but best if let to fuse overnight. Works great for a rapid-fire effect with straws (if you blow gently with one continuous breath).
Dozens of bubbles per dip with small wands (you can make your own with pipe cleaners) and medium size hoops made from wire coat hangers (best if wrapped with cotton kite string so the wire retains more juice).
You can also make basketball size bubbles or slightly larger if you fashion a thick string triangle with 20" sides with two corners attached to its own stick... bring the tips of the sticks together (or close), dip, raise, open (spread the sticks apart) and take a step or two backward to get the bubble started. Close the sticks again to release (or launch) the bubble, repeat (and practice).
Note: This recipe can be doubled or halved keeping the same ratios of ingredients (ie. 2c water, 1c soap, 1 package gelatin, etc.) Gelatin can be purchased at any supermarket and usually costs under a dollar, each box containing 4 packets.
Optional: To make your bubbles a little more longer lasting add one tablespoon of pure glycerine for each packet of gelatine you use (purchased at any pharmacy). Keep your solution mixed well (but not sudsy) and DO NOT refridgerate. Remember: these are bubbles not balloons so be gentle and have fun!