Blowing soap bubbles is a classic and fun childhood pastime Typically the bubbles only last for a few seconds, but kids love to chase and try to catch them before they pop. Often the bottle of soap runs out all too soon, forcing you to toss the plastic bottle and wand, run out to the store, and drop a couple more dollars for a few minutes of fun. The good news is that recipes are out there for homemade bubble solution. But is making your own bubble soap a green idea? And which type of soap works the best?
- Better for you – you know exactly what’s going into the bubble solution, so no worries about unknown ingredients
- Better for the Earth – you can reuse the old bottle and bubble wand, and you’re not buying soapy water that has been shipped halfway around the world (hello carbon savings!)
- Saves Money – depending on what type of soap you buy and the cost of other ingredients, you can make your own bubble soap for up to 50% savings
- Educational – get the kids to help you make the soap, and they learn math, fractions, recipe following, etc
- Takes a little bit of time to whip up a recipe. Not long, but longer than it would take to order a gallon refill online.
I have a four year old, and a two year old. Obviously blowing bubbles in the yard is seriously good times at our house. And in Los Angeles it’s something we enjoy almost year-round. But the bubbles run out so fast! (Especially when one or more of your children get a kick out of DUMPING whole bottles of bubbles at a time. Ahem.) I thought there must be a better way than spending $$ on soapy water shipped in from China.
Making your own bubble solution is a great green idea, and fun for the kids too. There are lots of different recipes online (example Pinterest search here). Most recipes are variations on the same theme, so I’ll let you pick out the one you want to try. (Hint: skip the ones with baking soda or cornstarch – they just don’t work). I ended up preferring the water+dish soap+glycerin recipe the best.
The scientist in me couldn’t resist testing out the different types of dish soap I had hiding under the kitchen sink: a standard dish soap, a foaming soap, and a natural ingredients soap. I wondered which one would perform the best. I also wondered if bubbles from all natural soap were even possible?
My little guy and I had a nice time rigging up the different bubble solutions, and filling them into old bubble bottles. We tested them out and rated the different solutions based on quantity, size, and longevity of bubbles. And the results are in!
- Standard dish soap – this solution performed the best: as well as any store bought bubble solution I’ve seen. Bubbles were numerous, well sized, and lasted a respectable amount of time
- Foaming dish soap – this solution was a close second, with the bubbles seeming to break on thier own slightly sooner than the standard solution
- All Natural dish soap – not bad! I did not have high hopes for this after experiencing the natural soap doesn’t work on dishes. However, the bubble performance was only slightly sub-par. It was a little harder to blow a big bubble, and the bubbles popped sooner. But my little guys didn’t seem to notice, and still had lots of fun. That’s what it’s all about right?
Have you ever tried making your own bubble solution? What is the secret behind your favorite recipe?