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    • How To Make Bubbles | Super Soap Solution

      How To Make Bubbles | Super Soap Solution

      You can blow bubbles with any mixture of soap and water, but add a "secret" ingredient and you'll get bigger and stronger bubbles! Just follow this recipe.

      What You Need:

      • Liquid dish soap (Joy or Dawn brands work best. Try to find one that doesn't say 'Ultra')
      • Distilled water (tap water is okay, but distilled water makes the best bubbles)
      • Clean container with lid
      • Glycerin or light corn syrup

      What You Do:

      1. Measure 6 cups of water into one container, then pour 1 cup of dish soap into the water and slowly stir it until the soap is mixed in. Try not to let foam or bubbles form while you stir.
      2. Measure 1 tablespoon of glycerin or 1/4 cup of corn syrup and add it to the container. Stir the solution until it is mixed together.
      3. You can use the solution right away, but to make even better bubbles, put the lid on the container and let your super bubble solution sit overnight.  (Note: If you used "Ultra" dish soap, double the amount of glycerin or corn syrup.)
      4. Dip a bubble wand* or straw into the mixture, slowly pull it out, wait a few seconds, and then blow. How big of a bubble can you make? How many bubbles can you make in one breath?

      *You can make your own bubble wand by cutting off the end of the bulb of a plastic pipet. Dip the cut end in solution and blow through the narrow end.

      components of a bubble

      What Happened:

      The soap mixture on the outside of a bubble is actually made of three very thin layers: soap, water, and another layer of soap. This "sandwich" that is on the outside of a bubble is called a soap film. A bubble pops when the water that is trapped between the layers of soap evaporates. The glycerin or corn syrup mixes with the soap to make it thicker.  The thicker skin of the glycerin bubbles keeps the water from evaporating as quickly, so they last longer. It also makes them stronger, so you can blow bigger bubbles. 

      Bubbles That Don't Pop!

      After you make the super bubble solution and let it set for at least one day, try doing this cool bubble trick!

      1. Set the lid of your bubble container on the table so that the part with the lip is facing up. Fill the lid with bubble solution.
      2. Dip a straw into the bubble solution container so that it is wet half way up the straw. Touch the straw to the lid and blow a bubble on the lid. Slowly pull the straw all the way out of the bubble.
      3. Now dip the pointed end of a pair of scissors into the container of bubble solution. Make sure they are completely wet. Poke the scissors through the wall of your bubble. Watch what happens. Try it again with other pointed objects (pencils, etc.), just make sure anything you touch to the bubble is wet. Can you stick your finger through the bubble?

      What Happened:

      You should have been able to push the scissors through the wall of the bubble without popping it. When something wet touches a bubble, it doesn't poke a hole in the wall of the bubble, it just slides through and the bubble forms right around it. The bubble solution on the scissors filled in the hole that would have been made. If you try poking dry scissors through your bubble, you will see it pop instantly! (If it popped when you put the wet scissors in, something was probably too dry. Try it again and make sure anything that touches the bubble is completely wet with bubble solution.)

      Try a couple more tricks:

      • Make a big dome bubble on the lid like you did above, then get the straw wet again, insert it into the bubble, and see if you can blow a smaller bubble inside the bigger one!
      • Get one hand completely wet in the bubble solution then use the other hand to hold your bubble blower and blow a big bubble in the palm of your wet hand.

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    By: Clyde a. Darden
    Date: Jun 24, 2017

    What/how does baking soda help with the bubble process?

    By: Bonnie Ikamas
    Date: Jun 22, 2017

    Hi!  Thanks for this great site!  I want to fill a kiddie pool with bubbles for the kids at our family reunion.  Do you have any advice on increasing the bubble amount?

    By: christie
    Date: Jun 05, 2017

    i found glycerin at the store - pharmacy dept.
    its so awesome! glad i saw the bit about doubling it up with concentrated detergent. this must’ve been the reason why past attempts hadn’t worked.
    i found corn syrup left a sticky residue. not much, but we sometimes unleash bubbles inside… because we can :)
    yay for cool bubbles!!!

    By: Dianne
    Date: May 07, 2017

    Re: Who has glycerin around the house?

    Photographers and home beauty product folks

    By: Donna
    Date: Feb 19, 2017

    This worked perfect.  Of course gylceren was not an option so I used the alternative with light corn syrup. Thanks for the recipe and instructions!

    By: Oryan
    Date: Apr 05, 2016

    Did anyone try it with edible bubble solution? (such as Little Kids Candylicious Bubble Machine)

    By: Ellen
    Date: Nov 19, 2015

    it cool I think that the best thing I never seen in my life

    By: halie
    Date: Oct 28, 2015

    @Karen im gonna try that :))

    By: Blesse'
    Date: Oct 01, 2015

    That’s cool I guess

    By: rachel
    Date: Sep 30, 2015

    I have this science lab where we have to make the biggest bubble in the class but there is a limit on the amount used. I can’t use over 100ml but it still has to be big and durable. This recipe is good but I don’t know if it will meet the qualities that I am hoping to find. It is definately worth a shot though.