Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere!

This week’s Pinterest Challenge activity: Test and compare two Pinterest bubble soap recipes.

What kid doesn’t love bubbles? Heck, most adults I know love bubbles. The problem is that most bubble soaps you can buy at the store create bubbles that are somewhat lacking. I want big bubbles that are difficult to pop – the kind you can catch in your hand without them popping.

Pinterest has tons of bubble soap recipes. I decided to try the Giant Bubble Recipe and Super Giant Bubble Recipes.

Super Giant Bubble Recipe

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Original Super Giant Bubble recipe

(as it appears on the picture in the pin):

12 cups water
1 cup dish soap
1 cup cornstarch
2 Tbsp baking powder (not baking soda)

When we first made this bubble soap, we followed the instructions on the image in the pin. The only change that we made was to cut the recipe in half because we really didn’t need 12+ cups of it.

When the bubbles weren’t as super or giant as expected, I checked out the full post on Design Dazzle. What I found out is that the Super Giant Bubble recipe, as it appears in the picture on the pin, is missing an ingredient. Reading the entire post on the website reveals that you should also add glycerin.

Toni, from Design Dazzle, has a novel way of adding the glycerin. If you are going to make the recipe, I recommend reading her entire post for tips. She also has instructions for making a bubble “wand” that will make the giant bubbles. We didn’t have the cotton clothesline needed to make it, so we just used a regular bubble wand for our test.

To make sure that we had all of the ingredients in the mix, we purchased some glycerin at our local Walmart (about $4.00 for a bottle). We added 1 Tbsp to the mixture, and let it sit for several hours before we used it.

Final recipe we used:
6 cups water
1/2 cup dish soap
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 Tbsp baking powder (not baking soda)
1 Tbsp glycerin*

Note: The cornstarch and baking powder in this recipe do not dissolve, so they will settle after the bubble soap sits for a while. Be sure to mix it up again before using it.

Giant Bubble Recipe

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Original Giant Bubble recipe:
6 cups water
1 cup corn syrup
2 cup regular Joy dish soap (if using ultra-concentrated, use just 1 1/3 cups)

This recipe calls for Joy detergent. However, we decided to get a cheaper brand since we were using a lot of detergent for this experiment. Otherwise, we followed the recipe exactly.

As with the Super Giant Bubble recipe, the bubbles made with the Giant Bubble recipe just weren’t giant or long-lasting enough for us. So, we decided to try adding glycerin to this recipe, too.

Final recipe as we made it:
 
6 cups water
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup dish soap
1 Tbsp glycerin*
 

Results

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In the end, we found that the Giant Bubble recipe worked better for us. It made more bubbles, and the bubbles lasted longer. The bubbles were a little better after adding the glycerin.

The Super Giant Bubble recipe did make bubbles, but they popped quickly. We didn’t follow the recipe exactly as it is described in the original post, so maybe there is something to be said for using the special ingredient listed on Design Dazzle. At some point this summer, we will try again and see if that makes a difference!

Overall, both recipes were inexpensive and easy to make. Both recipes made a lot of bubble soap, so we put the extra in some old water bottles. I think they will last us most of the summer.

* For both recipes, we estimated the amount of glycerin to use based on other bubble soap recipes we found online.

Do you have a great bubble soap recipe?

What is your favorite summer activity to do with the kids?

Comments

    • says

      Honestly, we didn’t get it perfected. I was happy with the results in general, but I still think we have some tweaking to do. I am going to post an update once we’ve tried a few more things.

  1. daisy says

    Thanks for the recipe! I love that I have everything that I need to make them already in my cabinets!

    • says

      We are still tinkering. I will update if we get it perfect! I hope you do give it a try – it was easy and fun. Although, I think my kids had more fun mixing it up than they did with the bubbles. 😀

    • says

      Let me know how it goes. One idea for a party is to add food coloring to the bubble soap – put out a bunch of white paper (get rolls) and let the kids create bubble art. If you are going to do that, make sure you get clear dish liquid… ours was orange, so the food color wouldn’t have worked.

  2. Becky says

    I’ve been wanting to try making bubble solution too. There are so many recipes out there! Thanks for posting!

    • says

      We tried making the bubble wand that makes the giant bubbles. We didn’t have the right supplies, but tried anyway. We actually got one fairly big bubble, but it popped really quickly. I will post an update if we manage to get the giant bubble wand working.

  3. says

    I try to keep a gallon of bubble solution around. My kids still love to blow bubbles. I like the Gymboree recipe the best so far although I haven’t tried many.

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