I have always had fun blowing bubbles. I read that if you add glycerin to your bubble mixture, you get bigger bubbles.
After a little internet research, I found this recipe:
- 140 grams of Dawn Dish Soap (This is equivalent to 4.94 oz. or a half a cup plus one and a half teaspoons)
- 1 gallon of Hot Water
- 1 teaspoon of Guar Gum
- 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
Guar gum can sometimes be found in the gluten free section of a grocery store, but Becki did not find it at ours, so we just ordered it online: Guar Gum.
I would like to thank the author of the Soap Bubble Wiki, who clearly has spent some time perfecting this recipe. He has a ton of info on his site. I will just give you the quick explanation of what I did.
First I put 8 cups of water in the microwave for about 5 minutes. You want the water very hot because it will help dissolve the guar gum.
I measured out my Dawn dish soap.
Then I added the guar gum to the dish soap. From what I have read, the guar gum will clump if added to the water. Some people suggest mixing the guar gum with rubbing alcohol first.
I stirred the guar gum in really well (most of the 5 minutes that my water was heating).
Then I poured the hot water into a 5 gallon bucket (I used a big container because I was going to mix up 3 batches).
Add the soap/guar gum and stir. Try to avoid getting foam – foam is the enemy when you are blowing bubbles.
Put another 8 cups of water in the microwave.
Add the 2 teaspoon of baking powder. It may fizz and look funny. Don’t worry. Just stir it in.
Add the second 8 cups of water. Stir.
That is it. (Remember, this is a triple batch in the bucket.)
You can make a great (I mean it really is great) bubble wand out of 2 pipe cleaners.
I am amazed at how many bubbles you can make from one dip of your pipe cleaner wand.
If you want really big bubbles, you can use 2 sticks and a length of cotton rope (must be 100% cotton – including the core).
It was so cool to watch the big tubes pop. You could watch the end pop and then ripple all the way down. We tend to think of bubbles and balloons popping all at once. I have seen slow motion footage of balloons popping and you can see that it does not all pop at once. These tubes were so big you could see the effect without the slow motion.
The science behind the recipe:
Water has a lot of surface tension, too much actually. The dish soap reduces the surface tension to the point that you can make bubbles.
The guar gum forms polymers (long molecular chains) which helps the bubbles handle the strain of getting extra big. It also makes it self healing. So if you blow on a bubble, you can create a bubble within a bubble.
The baking powder – well I am not sure why it helps, but this is definitely the best bubble recipe I have ever seen, so I put it in.
These bubbles are much stronger than the bubbles I have used in the past.
Blowing giant bubbles is a great activity for a birthday party, chapel picnic, or just a fun summer day.
I hope you have as much fun as I did … I mean as much fun as our kids did. 🙂
From my wife: “A quick Public Service Announcement: If your husband decides to make homemade bubble mix, do not wash the mixing bowls in the dishwasher. You may possibly get a kitchen floor covered in bubbles.” (originally shared on our facebook page)
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