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How to Make Homemade Bubbles

by Jean Van't Hul
November 6, 2022
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How to make homemade bubbles, so your kids have a never-ending supply of bubble solution. This is the easiest and quickest DIY bubble recipe, and it doesn’t use glycerin.

Updated December 2022

If your kids love blowing bubbles as much as ours do, then this recipe is just for you! It makes a big batch of solution and the bubbles it makes are fantastic!

And if you’re looking for something extra fancy to blow bubbles with, be sure to check out our homemade bubble wands!

homemade bubble pin
Photo by Andrea Martelle

First, here’s a video tutorial on how to make the bubbles. And keep scrolling to get the bubbles recipe and some photos of the bubbles in action!

How to Make Homemade Bubbles

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  1. Combine the sugar and water

    Whisk the sugar into the warm water until the sugar dissolves.

    making bubble solution

  2. Whisk in the soap

    Add the dish soap and whisk to combine.

    stirring bubbles

  3. Let sit

    This step is only if you have some patience or think to make the solution ahead of time.

    Letting the homemade bubbles sit for a couple of hours or even overnight helps them work a bit better but is not strictly necessary.

    girl making big bubbles

  4. Blow bubbles!

    Now it’s time to blow bubbles with your new bubble solution!

    boy making big bubble

Easy peasy, don’t you think?

You can also add 1/4 cup of vegetable glycerin to your homemade bubble solution if you like. Or 1/2 cup of corn starch. Or 1 tablespoon of baking powder. Each of those ingredients make the bubbles work just a tad bit better. But this is the basic recipe, and it works just fine on its own.

making big bubbles
Photo by Andrea Martelle

We usually have a big bowl or two of the bubble solution out and available to the kids. You can also fill individual mason jars with bubble solution for each kid. Or re-use one of those no-spill bubble cups for your homemade bubbles.

Sometimes we blow bubbles, sometimes we let the wind do the work, and sometimes we twirl around with a bubble-laden wand in tow.

We recently discovered bubble wands with two handles that make really big bubbles, and we can’t get enough of them!

geometric bubbles
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

You can also try making 3D geometric bubble wands! String pipe cleaners through cut straw pieces to form a pyramid or a cube shape. Then dip the entire shape into your bubble solution and see what geometric bubbles look like!

How about you? Have you made your own bubble solution? Do you have a favorite recipe?

jar of bubble solution
Photo by Andrea Martelle

People Also Ask

  • How do you make bubbles without glycerin? We find that this basic recipe of 4 cups warm water, plus 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup blue Dawn dish soap works great without glycerin!
  • Can you make bubble solution with dish soap? Yes! This recipe calls for plain old blue Dawn dish soap.
  • How do you make strong bubbles at home? Follow the simple recipe listed above, and let the solution sit overnight. This will help the bubble solution come together and work really well.
bubble prints
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