Whether small soap bubbles to blow, shimmering balls from a soap bubble machine – they are always a highlight at a children’s birthday party. But the shimmering soap balls also provide fun for in between and they are also easy to make. In this article you will find different soap bubble recipes for different needs. Have fun trying.
Soap bubbles with detergent
You only need three ingredients for your soap bubble fun. In addition to dish soap, which you probably already have at home, you will also need distilled water and corn syrup. You simply mix the ingredients together in the following amounts and let it steep for an hour:
- 300 ml distilled water
- 90 ml washing-up liquid
- 40 ml corn syrup
Then you stir it again and nothing stands in the way of bubble fun.
Another recipe is with glycerin. It makes the bubbles iridescent in beautiful colors and also makes them more stable. So the little ones can enjoy the flying bubble balls for a long time without them bursting immediately. To do this, mix the following ingredients together:
- 30-45 ml washing-up liquid
- 5 ml glycerin
- 1000 ml distilled water
Let the whole thing rest for four to 24 hours and stir again before using.
Make soap bubbles yourself without glycerin and detergent
If you prefer to make your bubbles without glycerin and detergent, then we have the following recipe for you:
- 6 liters of water
- 750 g neutral soap (the neutral soap is suitable for this)
- 500 grams of sugar
- 40 g wallpaper paste
To do this, heat up a liter of water and fill it in a suitable container. Add the soap, wallpaper paste and sugar to the water and stir until the ingredients have completely dissolved. Then add the remaining 5 liters of lukewarm water. Continue stirring until you get a homogeneous mass, but make sure that no foam forms. Now the liquid has to rest for an hour before you can stir it again and use it.
Soap balls with oil
Glycerin can easily be replaced with vegetable oil. For this you need the following ingredients:
- 250 ml lukewarm water
- 4 tablespoons dish soap
- 2-4 drops of vegetable oil
The detergent is mixed with the water and left to rest for five minutes. After that, the few drops of vegetable oil are added to the liquid.
Another way to make bubbles is with glue. You can get it at the hardware store. You will also need water and dish soap. The soap bubbles should be particularly good with Fairy Ultra (Original) detergent. To make the bubble liquid, mix the following amounts together:
- 1000 ml of water
- 90-100 ml Fairy Ultra detergent (Original)
- 2-3 tsp paste
The whole thing is stirred until the paste has completely dissolved. The result should be better if the bubble liquid has rested for a few hours before use. Then you should stir the whole thing again and you’re done.
With dish soap and water alone you will not achieve satisfactory soap bubbles. However, sugar makes the whole mixture more viscous and at the same time more stable. To do this, mix a teaspoon of sugar in a glass of pure water. Add a teaspoon of dish soap to the sugar water. You can simply test how much you need to add with a straw: the bubbles should get bigger with the sugar.
Bubble soaps for machines
Have you organized a bubble machine for a children’s birthday party or something similar? Then we have the right recipe for you to conjure up as many and long-lasting soap bubbles as possible out of the machine:
- 1 liter of cold water
- 1 g gum (half a teaspoon)
- 2 g baking powder (1 level teaspoon)
- 0.5 g paste powder (a quarter teaspoon)
- 50 ml dish soap Fairy Ultra (Original)
Mix the cold water thoroughly with the gum, the baking powder and the paste powder. Then add the washing-up liquid and stir it slowly and carefully to prevent foaming. If the liquid rests for a few more hours, the soap bubbles will become even more stable.
Preparation is half the battle
If you are preparing the soap bubble liquid for a children’s birthday party or a larger event, we strongly advise you to do a test run. It can happen that the soap or washing-up liquid used doesn’t work, it has to be different paste or the water is too hard or too soft. It is simply a matter of trying out which products fit best.