Friday, June 21, 2013

Bubbles, Bubbles and More Bubbles

How to Make Bubbles for Kids

7 of the Best Homemade Bubble Recipes!

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The warm weather has reminded me that I’ve been wanting to share how to make homemade bubbles. There are plenty of homemade bubble solution recipes. Some are really simple with ingredients I’m 99.9% sure you have in your home. Others have ingredients that are a bit more obscure.

The most straightforward homemade bubble recipe consists only of soap and water. But there are a few that have some additions you might not expect. Here’s a quick FAQ to answer some questions you might have about the bubble recipes below:

Where Can I buy glycerin? Glycerin can be found in the cake decorating area of most craft stores. If you’re near a Michael’s, you can find it with the rest of the Wilton cake and candy-making supplies.

Why would there be sugar in a recipe for homemade bubbles?
Plain and simple, sugar makes the bubbles “stick” and last longer.

Why would a recipe for bubbles include corn syrup?
Corn syrup works the same way sugar does, so it helps make your bubbles last longer.

What’s the best Dishwashing Detergent to use for making homemade bubbles?
An extensive Google search revealed that almost everyone stood behind Dawn Original dish soap as the best dish soap for bubbles.

Are there any dish soaps that shouldn’t be used for making homemade bubbles?
Yes. Generic soaps that are usually found at dollar stores and the like are generally too watered down to produce quality bubbles.

Can I use these homemade bubble recipes to blow bubbles indoors? 
The Basic Homemade Bubbles recipe shouldn’t cause any problems indoors. It’s just diluted soap! Take care with the bubble solutions containing sugar and corn syrup, as they may leave a slightly sticky residue on surfaces.  Finally, the Beautiful Bubbles and Jello Bubbles recipes contain a small amount of food coloring and dye, so it’s probably best to save those solutions for outdoor use.

How should I store my homemade bubbles?
Store all homemade bubble solutions in an airtight, labeled container. A clean glass spaghetti sauce or jelly jar works perfectly for storing bubbles.

How long can I store my homemade bubble solution? 
Many bubbles actually get better with age. If the mixture has sat for more than a few weeks, give the container a gentle swirl to combine the ingredients that may have separated. Don’t shake the container; you want to save those suds for your bubbles!
 Basic Homemade Bubbles Recipe:
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon dishwashing liquid.
Combine the water and dishwashing liquid in a cup, bottle or dish. Stir gently and thoroughly to combine. Dip your bubble wand and get started! 
Deluxe Bubbles Recipe
1 quart (4 cups) warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dishwashing liquid
Combine the sugar and the warm water. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Add the dishwashing liquid and stir again. Store in an airtight container.
Crazy Deluxe Bubbles Recipe1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons liquid dish or laundry detergent
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 teaspoon white sugar
Gently stir all ingredients together and store in a airtight container. These bubbles have staying power! Given the right conditions you might lose sight of your bubbles before they pop!
Jello Bubbles
1 part dishwashing liquid
1 part Jello brand (or generic) powder, any flavor/color
8 to 10 parts warm water
Gently combine all three ingredients. Avoid creating suds by mixing too vigorously. Suds will affect the “bubbliness” of your bubbles.
Tear-Free Bubbles
1/4 cup tear-free baby shampoo
3/4 cup water
3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
Mix all ingredients, then wait for the bubbles to settle before using.
Beautiful Bubbles {with food coloring}
1/3 cup dishwashing liquid
1 1/4 cups water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 drop food coloring
Gently stir all ingredients together. Use outside to avoid staining any indoor fixtures, carpet or upholstery.
Non-Toxic, Natural Bubbles
1/4 cup natural, biodegradable dish detergent (Like Seventh Generation Free & Clear)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon glycerin
Mix all ingredients in a resealable container. Let stand overnight for best results.  
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