How to make soap bubble solution

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How to make soap bubble solution
Make your own bubble solution from a few household ingredients. (luxiangjian4711/iStock/Getty Images)

Soapy solution for blowing bubbles is sold in small plastic vials. A ring attached to a wand is dipped into the solution and then is blown through to create floating, shimmering bubbles in the air. Blowing bubbles rarely works with washing-up liquis and similar soapy materials because their composition isn't quite right. You need to add glycerin, which is used as a sweetener and liquid thickener in certain foods. That secret ingredient allows you to make bubbles of your own quickly and cheaply.

Things you need

  • Distilled water
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Glycerine
  • Large plastic bowl with cover
  • Wire

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  1. 1

    Fill a plastic bowl with 1.25 litres (5 cups) of distilled water. You can use tap water, but distilled water tends to make stronger, longer-lasting bubbles.

  2. 2

    Add 125 ml (1/2 cup) of washing-up liquid and 60 ml (4 tbsp) glycerin to the water. Mix the ingredients gently but thoroughly; you want them blended, but you don't want to create suds.

  3. 3

    Cover the bowl until you're ready to start blowing bubbles.

  4. 4

    Twist a length of wire into a loop to make a bubble wand. You can also use discarded plastic bubble wands from shop-bought bubble bottles. The larger the loop, the bigger the bubbles will be, but larger bubbles pop sooner.

  5. 5

    Open the lid and dip your wand in the mixture. Raise it to your lips and blow. Bubbles should come floating out.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want to use glycerin, substitute corn syrup. Like glycerin, the corn syrup allows the bubbles to last longer.
  • If you want to make coloured bubble soap, add a drop or two of food colouring to the mixture. Use such a mixture only outside because the coloured bubbles could leave stains on clothing and furniture.
  • As long as you keep the proportions of ingredients the same, you can make as much mixture as you like. A little bubble mix tends to go a long way, however, so don't go overboard. If you have extra bubble soap, pour it carefully into a plastic water or soft drink bottle, then cover it with a cap. It should keep well until the next time you want to use it.

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