Making bubble machine solution

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Making bubble machine solution
A bubble machine can make birthday parties and wedding receptions more fun. (bubbles image by Beryl Armstrong from

Bubble machines go through a lot of bubble solution, especially when they are run to accent a party or other get-togethers. Bubbles bring out the child in most adults, and few children can resist the impulse to pop bubbles as they float by. Bubble machines can make occasions more festive, but you may find it cheaper to make your own bubble solution for your machine.

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Things you need

  • 4.5 litre (1 gallon) container with lid
  • 19 litres (80 cups) water
  • 1.9 litres (8 cups) liquid dish detergent
  • 596 g (2 cups) glycerine

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  1. 1

    Pour 19 litres (80 cups) of water into the container. Distilled water works best for longer-lasting bubbles, but you can use tap water. Boil hard water before it's used to remove some of the minerals from it.

  2. 2

    Add 1.9 litres (8 cups) of dish detergent to the water. Joy or Dawn detergent works best for longer-lasting bubbles.

  3. 3

    Add 596 g (2 cups) of glycerine. You can find glycerine at pharmacies and chemical supply stores.

  4. 4

    Stir the solution gently. Do not make suds in the solution.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not have glycerine, you can use light Karo syrup.
  • Leaving the solution open to the air overnight might increase the strength of your bubbles.
  • Store your solution in a closed container to keep it fresh.
  • Bubbles can stain some fabrics; outdoor use of bubble solutions is best.
  • Store the solution out of reach of small children and pets.

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