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Coolest Bubble Recipes to Help You Make HUGE Soap Bubbles

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).

Monster Bubble made with homemade bubble recipes

(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

Recipe 1

Dawn Ultra or Joy Ultra – 1 part
Distilled Water – 15 parts
Glycerine or White Karo Syrup – 1/4 part

Recipe 2

Joy – 2/3 cup
Water – one gallon
Glycerine – three tablespoons

Recipe 3

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
Add 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!

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10 thoughts on “Coolest Bubble Recipes to Help You Make HUGE Soap Bubbles”

  1. Ingredients: A bowl, a gallon of water, and some sugar


    1. Get a bowl and fill it with some dish wash soap.
    2. Add some water, about a gallon.
    3. Add 4 tablespoons of sugar.
    4. Mix everything together and you are ready to blow some bubbles!

  2. My youngest daughter loves bubbles, if I’ll be able to create bubbles almost as big as her… she’ll probably be the happiest girl in the world!

  3. Measure 6 cups of water into one container, then pour 1 cup of dish soap into the water and slowly stir it until the soap is mixed in. Try not to let foam or bubbles form while you stir.

    Measure 1 tablespoon of glycerin or 1/4 cup of corn syrup and add it to the container. Stir the solution until it is mixed together.

    You can use the solution right away, but to make even better bubbles, put the lid on the container and let your super bubble solution sit overnight. (Note: If you used “Ultra” dish soap, double the amount of glycerin or corn syrup.)

  4. Humongous Bubble Ever Recipe!

    12 cups of water
    1 cup of dishwasher soap Dawn or Joy
    1 cup of cornstarch
    2 table spoon of baking powder
    Mix it in this order and remove/skim the bubbles on the surface. Use a fabric attached to a stick.

    • Do you really need a whole cup of corn starch ??? i have tried this recipe three time each with different soap, and still the corn starch sinks to the bottom. what is the use of the corn starch if it doesn’t stay mixed with the water solution?? and yes i followed the directions as given.

      • it’s my best guess that the poster intended it to be corn SYRUP along the lines of “Karo” syrup rather than starch.

  5. This might sound weird but when I was little, we mixed the soap and water and added powdered sugar. Try it out and see for yourself. It’s not as expensive as glycerin, and I remember it working well…

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