How to Make Bubbles for Kids: 7 of the Best Homemade Bubble Recipes!

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How to make bubbles

The warm weather has reminded me that I’ve been wanting to share how to make bubbles!

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There are plenty of homemade bubble recipes to try out once you know how to make bubbles. Some are really simple with ingredients I’m 99.9% sure you have in your home. Other instructions and recipes for how to make bubbles have ingredients that are a bit more obscure.

The most straightforward homemade bubble recipes consist of just liquid soap and water. But there are a few bubble recipes that have some additions you might not expect. Here’s a quick FAQ to answer some questions you might have about how to make the bubble recipes below:

How to Make Homemade Bubbles FAQ:

Where Can I buy glycerin?
Glycerin can be found in the cake decorating area of most craft stores. If you’re near a Michael’s, you can find it with the rest of the Wilton cake and candy-making supplies. If you want to order it online you can find several options on Amazon:

Why would there be sugar in a recipe for homemade bubbles?
I just learned how to make bubbles, but it seems that the answer is simply in the stickiness of pure sugar. Sugar simply makes the bubbles “stick” and last longer.

Why would a recipe for bubbles include corn syrup?
Corn syrup works the same way sugar does, so it helps make your bubbles last longer.

What’s the best dishwashing detergent to use for making homemade bubbles?
An extensive Google search revealed that almost everyone stood behind Dawn Original dish soap as the best dish soap for bubbles.

Are there any dish soaps that shouldn’t be used for making homemade bubbles?
Yes. Generic soaps that are usually found at dollar stores and the like are generally too watered down to produce quality bubbles.

Can I use these homemade bubble recipes to blow bubbles indoors? 
The Basic homemade bubbles recipe shouldn’t cause any problems indoors. It’s just diluted soap! Take care with the bubble solutions containing sugar and corn syrup, as they may leave a  sticky residue on surfaces. Finally, the Beautiful Bubbles and Jello Bubbles recipes contain a small amount of food coloring and dye, so it’s probably best to save those solutions for outdoor use.

How should I store my homemade bubbles?
Store all homemade bubble solutions in an airtight, labeled container. A clean glass spaghetti sauce or jelly jar works perfectly for storing bubbles.

How long can I store my homemade bubble solution? 
Many bubbles actually get better with age. If the mixture has sat for more than a few weeks, give the container a gentle swirl to combine the ingredients that may have separated. Don’t shake the container; you want to save those suds for your bubbles!

How to Make Bubbles


Basic Homemade Bubbles Recipe:
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon dishwashing liquid.

How to make bubbles: Combine the water and dishwashing liquid in a cup, bottle or dish. Stir gently and thoroughly to combine. Dip your bubble wand and get started!

Deluxe Bubbles Recipe
1 quart (4 cups) warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dishwashing liquid

How to make bubbles: Combine the sugar and the warm water. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Add the dishwashing liquid and stir again. Store in an airtight container.

Crazy Deluxe Bubbles Recipe
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons liquid dish or laundry detergent
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 teaspoon white sugar

How to make bubbles: Gently stir all ingredients together and store in a airtight container. These bubbles have staying power! Given the right conditions you might lose sight of your bubbles before they pop!

Jello Bubbles
1 part dishwashing liquid
1 part Jello brand (or generic) powder, any flavor/color
8 to 10 parts warm water

How to make bubbles: Gently combine all three ingredients. Avoid creating suds by mixing too vigorously. Suds will affect the “bubbliness” of your bubbles.

Tear-Free Bubbles
1/4 cup tear-free baby shampoo
3/4 cup water
3 Tablespoons light corn syrup

How to make bubbles: Mix all ingredients, then wait for the bubbles to settle before using.

Beautiful Bubbles {with food coloring}
1/3 cup dishwashing liquid
1 1/4 cups water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 drop food coloring

How to make bubbles:  Combine all ingredients together in a jar or other resealable container. Use outside to avoid staining any indoor fixtures, carpet or upholstery.

Non-Toxic, Natural Bubbles
1/4 cup natural, biodegradable dish detergent (Like Seventh Generation Free and Clear)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon glycerin

How to make bubbles: Mix up all ingredients in a resealable container. Let stand overnight for best results.

How to Make Bubbles: The Best Homemade Bubble Recipes!

How to Make Bubbles: The Best Homemade Bubble Recipes!

Learning how to make bubbles with this homemade bubbles recipe means you'll always have bubble solution ready to go! This particular recipe for bubbles has simple ingredients, but it will give you extra-strong bubbles that are difficult to pop!


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons liquid dish detergent or laundry detergent
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar


  1. Gently stir all ingredients together
  2. Store in a airtight container.
  3. These bubbles have staying power! Given the right conditions you might lose sight of your bubbles before they pop!
    Be sure to check out the 6 other great recipes for homemade bubbles!

How to make bubbles

Did you already know how to make homemade bubbles? What’s your favorite homemade bubble recipe?

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how to make homemade bubblesBest bubbles image credit: Maricel Cruz


  1. Thanks for the recipes!

  2. The reason I love this so much is that in the town I live in there are very few stores that specialize in toys. My daughter and I have tried bubble after bubble and the bubbles just suck! They are off brand, weak and sometimes even expensive. I know there are some good ones out there but just not in my town. I never wanted to make my own bubbles either because soap and water is just as bad as the store brought ones.

    These recipes and the article attached have opened my eyes to bubbles. Glycerin is about to cut my bubble budget in half for the year! Thank you so much!

  3. What kid doesn’t like bubbles? These are some fun recipes.

  4. MOMtrepreneur Tip of the Day:
    Babysavers has 7 of the Best Homemade Bubble Recipes

  5. Bubbles are great, I had a brill time in the garden with my grandson happily blowing bubbles, the colours were fantastic.

    Jan x

  6. Great ideas! Bubbles are such a great way to entertain kids (of all ages).

  7. amazing recipes. I need to get some glycerin and make Crazy Deluxe Bubbles!
    I wonder if they will turn out better with corn syrup instead of sugar..

  8. This would be the perfect way to end summer. Thanks for the recipes!

  9. We love bubbles like nobody knows… Thanks for posting the recipes. Will have try all of these out soon.

  10. Never had much success with homemade bubbles. Will give it another try. I must find a good substitute for Dawn, though.

  11. Once you make the bubbles and have them in something like a mason jar what do you use for a wand or ‘bubble producer’? Feeling a little dense here :).

    • Penelopie says:

      a bent wire or pipe cleaner, a drinking straw, or a piece of cotton twine tied in a loop all make great bubble blowing tools. the cotton ishow on a breazy day you can get bubbles the size of a man.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I would use a tear-free version of the solution if you are using pipe cleaners to blow bubbles with younger kids. The solution will wick up the pipe cleaner and make the whole thing soapy, and a small child doesn’t necessarily know better than to wipe their eyes with soapy fingers. We learned that lesson with my 2 and a half year old (at the time) last summer.

  12. i got a bubble gun and the bubbles were bad then i tried these bubbles and they made it fun!

  13. i use dish wat hrdishand watre

  14. Serrica Michalek says:

    I didn’t have food coloring, so I used the colored sugar sprinkles, just a little bit, and it did a wonderful job! 🙂 thank you for the awesome recipes!

  15. I like making this experiment.

  16. HEATHER FELTON says:

    I was hoping to make a batch to use at Disney to entertain young kids. Would substituting the 7th generation dish soap work in the crazy deluxe recipe? I want something that won’t hurt the flora/fauna (and other guest) at the park. Also, any suggestions on good ways to make bubbles portable for traveling that isn’t a mess. I was going to buy cheap bubbles at the dollar store and just empty them out, so I have the wand and container, but am open to suggestions.

  17. Heather, you can get something called a Bubble Bucket ( or a smaller version called a Bubble Tumbler that can be carried and keep the solution from spilling as you walk around. It’s not spill-proof, but keeps the bubbles better than an open jar might. 🙂 The dollar store container would work fine, but these might be easier to transport and share wands, if you wanted to do that.
    Good luck!

  18. fudge lover says:

    not as good as my fudge

  19. Can these bubbles recipes be used in a bubble machine?

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