How to Make Bubbles From Washing Up Liquid

Kids enjoy hours of fun playing with bubbles. Blowing them through the wand, then watching them float away is something that fascinates children, and sometimes even adults. Buying bottle after bottle of bubble solution adds up in cost, so instead of spending money buying the solution, try making your own with washing up liquid. It's an inexpensive, quick and fun craft project that children can help with.

Fill a clean, empty 1-gallon jug with 12 cups of cold water. If you have hard tap water, use distilled water instead for better bubbles. The excessive minerals in hard water are not good for bubble solutions.

Add 1 cup of washing up liquid and 1 tbsp of glycerine to the jug. You can buy glycerine at most pharmacies.

Use your hands to mix the solution well. If you plan on using the mixture right away, avoid mixing too hard and creating a lot of foam. For best results, let the mixture sit for 24 hours before using.


Store your homemade bubble solution in a container with a lid in a spot with a temperature of 15.6 degrees C or higher.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty 1-gallon jug
  • Distilled water
  • 1 cup washing up liquid
  • 1 tbsp glycerine
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.