Giant bubbles are a fave in our household. But there are so many homemade giant bubble recipes out there. Which one is the best? We put them to the test. Here’s what we found.
If you scour the internet, there’s basically four main giant bubble recipes out there. Since we do giant bubbles as an activity in our family quite often, I was curious to find out which one was the best. The results surprised me.
First off, all of the recipes I tried worked pretty good with only slight differences. But one recipe came out the winner. Check out the recipes and decide for yourself.
4th place giant bubble recipes: Corn syrup
Of all the giant bubble recipes, I liked this one the least. Mainly because it leaves your hands and fingers feeling sticky. And if the bubble pops on you, it makes everything even stickier. However, in a pinch, this recipe might be a good option if its the only ingredients you have on hand.
- 1 1/2 cups corn syrup
- One quart water
- 1 cup Dawn
3rd place: Corn starch and baking powder
Although giant bubbles did form with this recipe, they didn’t last very long. Apparently, if we want to get nerdy about this, cornstarch isn’t a very good polymer. This recipe is much like the corn syrup recipe, best used when you don’t have any other ingredients on hand.
- 3 cups water
- 1/4 cup Dawn dish soap
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1/2 Tbs baking powder
2nd place: Glycerin
This one was a close second. Although this recipe created great bubbles, you have to use quite a bit of glycerin to create bubbles that won’t pop quickly. That made this recipe not very cost-effective. Although, glycerin is a good goo-maker for bubbles.
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbs Dawn dish soap
- 2 Tbs Glycerin
1st place: Guar gum and rubbing alcohol
Guar gum is a thickening agent that you can buy at most health foods stores or online here. When paired with rubbing alcohol, it forms a slurry that creates these magnificent bubbles. They last so long!
- 1 tsp Guar gum
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2Tbs rubbing alcohol
- 9.5 Tbs Dawn dish soap
- 15 cups water
Since this recipe only requires one teaspoon or Guar gum, it lasts forever. You don’t have to keep buying ingredients. I have used this recipes for years and it has always produced the best bubbles.
If you get your hands wet, you can actually put your hand inside the bubble! The kids went crazy at our water birthday party when they realized they could do that.
Here’s a video of me making some giant bubbles with my favorite bubble recipe. Check it out.
Bubble tips and tricks
- Bubbles work best in humid or rainy weather.
- Allow your bubble solution to sit for at least 24 hours for best results
- Make your own homemade bubble wands by clicking here.
- Buy pre-made giant bubble wands online.
- Allow your bubble wand string to sit in the solution for a few minutes before making your bubbles
- Kids tangle the bubble wands SUPER fast. If there are a lot of kids, just have one or two adults blow the bubbles
- Stand on a chair while you make the bubbles. That way the kids won’t pop the bubbles before they even have a chance to form
- Blow gently towards a bubble and a tiny bubble will form inside of it.
- Get your hands wet and try putting your hand inside a bubble
- Save any remaining bubble solution for another day.
- Cut the end off of a water bottle, dip in the solution and blow!
- Bubbles are the most fun on the beach
- Apparently, you can buy pre-made giant bubble mix online too (I’ve never tried it though)
What giant bubble recipes do you prefer? Leave your comments below.
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