Bubbles is a popular summer activity in my house. And why not? It’s a classic activity. Even our fur baby loves to participate in the bubble popping.
Being such a popular activity means we go through A LOT of bubbles. And if I was to buy them from the store, it would get really expensive really fast.
So I started making them. But the dish soap and water recipe fell short. Sure it’s fast and easy to make. But the bubbles were flimsy and just less then impressive. So, of course, the kids lost interest (Que the ‘I’m BOORRED’ whine).
They wanted bigger and better bubbles. I wanted bigger and better bubbles. The dog wanted bigger and better bubbles. So we turned to science!
Quick science break:
Bubbles burst when the layer of water molecules between the detergent molecules evaporates. This why bubbles made with just water and dish detergent are smaller and burst easier. But dessoved sugar forms weak bonds with the water molecules and slow down the evaporation process, thus improving the life span and durability of the bubble.
So how do you make a better bubble solution that will make bigger and better bubbles?
You Will Need:
- 5 Cups Of Warm water (needs to be hot enough to dissolve sugar)
- 1Tbs White Sugar (corn syrup works too!)
- 2Tbs Dish Soap (I use Dawn)
- In a large container, completely dissolve the white sugar (or corn syrup) in the warm water.
- Gently stir in the dish soap
That’s it! I pour the bubble solution into separate containers so my girls each have their own. You can store this solution for up to 2 months in an airtight container. Store in a cool dark place – like your kitchen cupboard.