Monday, June 11, 2012

119) The Best Make Your Own Bubble Solution

I have a serious love/hate relationship with bubbles. I love them because they are beautiful, because my kids giggle and squeal with delight whenever they see them and because they are fun for everyone from babies to grown-ups. I hate bubbles because my kids always want to blow them themselves which is fine, yet they always end up spilling out all the bubble solution which ends in tears or a fight. We have a lot of bubble gear, bubble guns, wands, no spill bubble holders and they all work fine. However the only bubbles solution I have found that really works is the Gazillion Bubbles and they can be hard to find and are pretty expensive. So this year, I decided we were going to make our own bubble solution! We tried a lot of different recipes, some that had corn syrup, some that had joy soap, some that required heating and microwaving and finally after lots and lots of testing (which the girls were happy to do) we have found  a recipe that we are declaring "the best make your own bubble solution." Ready here it is:

1 Cup of Method dish detergent (any sent, though I am partial to the cucumber/melon. You can buy the large refill for around $5 which will make many, many batches of bubbles)
2 cups warm water
4 tablespoons of liquid glycerin (you can get this at the craft store or drugstore)
1 teaspoon of sugar

Mix all the ingredients together in a large container and you are ready to blow bubbles. I have found that the longer you let the solution sit the better it gets. This blend makes large, strong bubbles and worked great in refilling our bubble gun! If you try it let me know how it turns out, I am curious to hear if others have the same results.


  1. Thanks for the recipe. We've tried many and they never work very well. I agree that Gazillion Bubbles are the best, but too expensive and too many spills= not worth it! We will try your recipe.

  2. I'm excited to try these but I can only find method dishwshing liquid and not detergent. Is that what I should be using?

    1. Hi Tracy! Yes, sorry I put detergent but it is actually called dish soap/dishwashing liquid. Let me know how it works!

    2. Works great and makes big, beautiful, fragrant bubbles! The best ive seen in a long time! However, they're definitely a bit more stinging to the eyes when they pop in your face! Wondering if i added too much soap?
      It is so funny that I found this blog. My daughter is having a bubble themed party and we are incorporating some of these ideas! Love it

  3. Howdy, is this exact blog is your one and only blog or you also own some others?

  4. the solution that comes with the bubble gun is done, We cant find the bubble gun juice that makes bubbles like the bottle that's come with the bubble gun. That liquid whatever is in it makes small floating bubbles and the bubble gun blow continuous small floating bubbles. Does anybody knows the ingredients that can make small light bubbles with the bubble gun ?

    We tried several recipes. It makes lots of bubbles... sure but they don't float like the Chinese recipe for the bubble gun . Does anybody knows the ingredients that can make small light bubbles for the bubble gun ?

  5. oh you''re great simply great my childen were just annyoing me to make bubbleliquid so thnxalot

  6. I think that the soap/water ratio is off. Do you mean 12 cups of water to 1 cup of soap? It seems as though every other recipe out there has a higher ratio of water.

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