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After making some 3D printed custom bubble wands, I figured I should try making my own homemade bubble solution. There are a lot of recipes out there and most are pretty similar. Despite the various ratios I was trying with the popular ingredients, I wasn't getting the same results as storebought, but I was determined! After trying to think of how to thicken the solution, I thought of it! Xanthan gum! This magical little ingredient was perfect for making a nice thick and sturdy homemade bubble solution. Now you don't have to have xanthan gum to make bubble solution but it will make it noticeably better.

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Step 1: Supplies

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To give you a starting point, this recipe is for 1 cup of water, but you can multiple the ingredient s and increase this to as much as you want.

Ingredients:

  • 1c Water
  • 2T Dish Soap - many people recommend Dawn, if you have it use it, if not, I would say to make do with what you have, BUT the more watery your soap the worse, I assume, your bubbles will be. I would say to avoid things that say things like All Natural
  • 1tsp Glycerin or Corn Syrup (optional) - helps make the bubbles more durable
    • You aren't going to need a lot, so if you have it I say to add a little, but I don't think it's necessary to buy either of these if you don't have it already
  • 1/8 - 1/4tsp Xanthan Gum - 1/8tsp should be good but if you want to go crazy, go up to 1/4tsp

Supplies:

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Plastic container with resealable lid
    • Though I'm using glass jars, since this is for kids, I highly recommend using plastic containers.
    • In my opinion, it makes the most sense to buy a large container of bubble solution plus a couple of small ones (since it is easier to use the small ones day to day and they come with bubble wands), use up what is in them, then refill them with your new mixture when it's gone. Now, not only do you have containers to use but you have some solution to start with.
    • Keep in mind your bubble wands when you get containers/find containers to use. If you make custom wands you may need containers with wider openings. Using old jars like peanut butter could work well as long as you get it clean.
  • Plastic Covers for Mason Jars - If you do decide to use glass mason jars, I recommend getting some plastic covers for them, make sure you get the right size for whatever jars you have
CHRIS115562 months ago
Hi, Thanks for all your testing so we can make great bubbles. Now I must "POP" on the internet and "BLOW" some cash on Xanthamumum gumumum. Ta.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  CHRIS115562 months ago
Thank you for your comment :)
carl.myhill2 months ago
This is an exceptional resource for recipes - https://soapbubble.fandom.com/wiki/Recipes
mpwall2 months ago
Joy and water works great. I have had bubbles travel nearly 455 feet, distance from the house on left field line out side of Wrigley Field to near the home plate. You can see the house in League of their own.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  mpwall2 months ago
Sounds like quite the distance!
JudithJohnson2 months ago
really cool
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  JudithJohnson2 months ago
Thank you :)
AnandM542 months ago
Amazing idea!!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  AnandM542 months ago
Thank you :)
bpark10002 months ago
Some people add "J-lube" to the mix.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  bpark10002 months ago
I had not heard of that before but someone else mentioned it here too!
pgs0709472 months ago
Going back quite a few years, I used to like the smell of bubble solution.
In a laboratory I worked in, we analysed detergents in water. One of them was Lissapol-N which was one of the early non-ionic detergents.
The smell of Lissapol was the nearest I got to the original bubble solution smell.
While searching for Lissapol, I was amazed at just how many there are now and the uses for them.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  pgs0709472 months ago
I hadn't heard of that, thanks for the information :)
satosi3 months ago
Xanthan gum is great stuff. I use it in cooking, product formulation & more. Takes very little to get the desired effect.

Great idea to add it to bubble solution!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  satosi3 months ago
Thank you :)
I wouldn't think you would need preservatives? Hopefully, it would be used often enough it wouldn't matter, but looking at the individual ingredients I don't think I'd worry about mold too much. And at the end of the summer, you could dump out extras and just make more the next summer!
It may need one if stored - even over the summer - due to the way xanthan gum is made. It's fermented using a specific type of bacteria, with glucose & sucrose, if I remember correctly, before it's dried into a powder. I'm not sure if that bacteria could potentially 'resurrect' when water is added. Bacteria + water = trouble for anything being stored, especially in warm temperatures, unless you're purposely fermenting something.

On the other hand, people do get sick from airborne bacteria, and bubbles like this naturally fly through the air & burst, so for me, it would be something I'd seriously consider. Personal choice.

Maybe someone with a different background than myself could chime in on this. I'm not a scientist of any type.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  satosi3 months ago
I don't know enough to add input, but I still have my original jar that's been sitting on the counter so I'll update my project if I notice anything wrong with it in the coming months :)
satosi satosi3 months ago
Now I'm wondering if it would be necessary to add a preservative to prevent mold from growing. Might be an issue if you're storing your bubble solution over the summer.
goldenskyhook3 months ago
I've used guar gum before, and I use Xanthan gum all the time for my gluten free baking, but I never thought of it for bubble juice. I also got something called "J-Lube" which is a powdered "veterinary lubricant." It's basically powdered KY, but vets sometimes need to lubricate a 3 foot long glove to reach into a large animal orifice or body cavity. It works quite amazingly, but the juice is kind of slimy. I make the 6 foot diameter bubbles at my grandkids' birthdays and the like.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  goldenskyhook3 months ago
That is some interesting information!
jatkins7293 months ago
Kids like bubbles of any kind, but are especially impressed with very large ones, like 3’ in diameter and 10’ long. Arriving at a solution mix that is durable enough has been hard and hit or miss. Expensive commercial ones are available, but of no interest to me. Your formula, with Xanthanum gum may be the magic ingredient.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  jatkins7293 months ago
Yeah, I haven't tried this with extra large bubbles, but I don't see why it can't work!
albieweiss3 months ago
Awesome!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  albieweiss3 months ago
Thank you :)