Best Ever Giant Bubble Mix Recipe

Home-made Bubble Mix Recipe for Long-Lasting, Super-Strong Bubbles

Our home-made bubble mix recipe comes in two flavours – quick and easy for bubbles ‘now, now, now!’, or (with just a few extra ingredients) frankly brilliant for the biggest, strongest, longest-lasting bubbles you’ve ever seen!

Together with our diy giant bubble wands, this bubble solution will help the kids make enormous bubbles all day long for some unforgettable summer fun. Read on to get the recipe!

Giant bubbles made with diy bubble mix recipe and wands
It’s kid’s play to make giant bubbles with our home-made bubble mix recipe and wands!

We have been having the best summer fun with our diy giant bubble wands. Quick and easy to make with just some string and a few sticks, they are possibly the greatest summer activity for kids ever.

However, even the best giant bubble wands in the world are no good without our bubble mix recipe.

Boy making giant bubbles using a diy bubble mix recipe
Our home-made garland wand makes loads of bubbles at once!

There are a ton of bubble solution recipes around, some simple, some bizarre. We’ve found that our very basic bubble mix recipe works fine, and is quick and easy if the kids are raring to go.

For really HUGE bubbles, it helps to add a couple of more ‘exotic’ ingredients that seem to not only make the bubbles stronger, but also easier to produce.

So our bubble mix recipe below is the basic, everyday, one that works for us, with optional extras to help you max out those bubbles.

child making giant bubble with diy bubble mix recipe and wands
The only limit to bubbles you make is the amount of solution you mix up!

Any home-made bubble mixture tends to get better with age, so if you can, make it at least a few days in advance.

You’ll still get bubbles if you make it on the day, just don’t tip it away when you’re done ’cause you can reuse that stuff aaaaall summer…

Bubble Mixture Ingredients (Basic Recipe)

Quantities based on 1 litre of water, but can easily be scaled up as required!

• 1 litre of tap water

Ideally, the water should be warm/room temperature rather than ice cold.

• 3 tbsp of Washing up liquid (Dish soap).

Fairy in the UK / Dawn in the US are supposed to be the best for this. Be sure to use the concentrated versions.

That’s it! Add the washing up liquid to your water and stir SLOWLY with a stick or long spoon. Avoid making the mix frothy – scoop off any that forms on the surface.

If you are finding your bubbles pop too soon, try stirring in more of the washing up liquid. Three tablespoons is great when used with the optional extra ingredients but may not be quite enough if used on its own.

Still popping too soon? Try a tablespoon of cooking oil – it’s what we did as kids and does seem to work!

Boy making giant bubbles with home-made bubble mix recipe and wands
Giant bubbles are irresistible summertime fun for kids and grown-ups alike.

You’ll get a perfectly fine and fun mixture with these classic ingredients, though make sure you use a really good quality and strong washing up liquid. All the online pundits swear by Fairy/Dawn as the best for bubble making.

HOWEVER, for really big and long lasting bubbles, it’s worth going the extra mile and adding just three more ingredients…

Really long bubble made with diy bubble mix recipe
How long?! This bubble was so big, I couldn’t fit it all in the photo!

Bubble Mixture Ingredients (Optional Extras)

The three extra ingredients for this enhanced bubble mix recipe might sound more exotic, but don’t worry – the list below has Amazon affiliate links so you can get hold of them easily online if you are struggling to find them locally.

• 1/2 level tsp Guar Gum powder. Easy to order online, this stuff has a miraculous effect on your bubbles… It makes for self-healing, super-strong, and easily twice as many! Trust me, if you’re planning on doing a lot of bubbles over the summer, then it’s worth the effort of a few clicks to order this stuff.

• Roughly 1 tsp of Glycerine. Some people use this in the basic bubble mix recipe, but to be honest I find it makes for slimy bubbles that aren’t much stronger or better than with just good old soap and water. What it IS good for, though, is mixing with the Guar Gum to make a thin, watery, paste that you then further dilute with water until it’s all mixed in. This helps distribute the Guar Gum into the mix without it going all lumpy. If you can’t find glycerine, you can use some of your washing up liquid to make the paste instead.

• 1/2 level tsp Baking Powder. Not to be confused with baking soda or bicarbonate of soda. This helps adjust the ph balance of the mix, making for more, bigger, and stronger bubbles. Who knew?!

Method

1. Measure out your water into a large container.

2. Measure out your guar gum powder into a separate, smaller dish or cup.

3. Add just enough glycerine to cover your guar gum powder (around a teaspoon or two). Mix these together until you’ve got a fairly liquid consistency (add more glycerine if necessary).

4. Pour your guar gum and glycerine mixture into the water and mix well for about a minute.

5. Add your washing up liquid. At this stage you want to stir gently, to avoid frothing the mixture.

6. Finally, add your baking powder and give it another VERY gentle stir. You’ll find that the baking powder does’t dissolve completely and will leave a layer of sediment at the bottom of the mixture. That’s perfectly fine and normal – the baking powder is still doing its job.

That’s it – all ready for bubble blowing! As I said above, the longer you leave this mixture to sit, the better your bubbles will be, but don’t worry, there’ll be great bubbles right from the start.

Girl making giant bubbles using home-made bubble mix recipe and wands
Even really young children can make these bubbles.

Want to know more about why and how these ingredients work together to make such great bubbles?

We got our bubble mix recipe from this bubbletastic site, full of amazingly detailed bubble science for the serious bubble-head. If you have a question about bubbles, this site can answer it!

giant bubbles made with diy bubble mix recipe
…forever blowing bubbles!

Looking for more bubble fun? If you’ve made this bubble mix recipe, then you’ll need our diy giant bubble wands to make the most of it! Click on the images below to check out our easy-peasy tutorial.

home-made painted DIY tri-string giant bubble wand
Sticks and string is about all you need to make our giant bubble wand!
Child making bubbles with home-made giant bubble wand
Little kids or big kids – everyone loves making giant bubbles!

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Giant bubble fun with our home-made bubble wands and diy bubble solution.

8 Comments

  1. Hi, thanks for this beautiful and detailed tutorial! One question, about how long is the bubble mixture (with glycerine and guar gum) good for? We plan to make ahead and put in mason jars as gifts but I don’t want it to not work by the time they’re used. Thanks again!

    • Thanks Haley, I’m so pleased you’ve found it useful! And absolutely you can make it ahead of time – I find that it actually tends to get better with age. I’ve only ever made it about a week ahead, but then kept it for a further week until it was all used up, so I’d say two weeks shelf life is a pretty safe bet, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t last even longer. Have fun!

  2. Hi! Just made it but mixed baking powder with guar gum instead of out end. Will it still work? Why does baking powder go in at the end? Thanks!

    • Hi Julia, I would imagine that your mix would still work (have you tried it yet?), but might not be quite as effective.

      I got this recipe from an amazing site called Soap Bubble Wiki, and according to the serious bubble experts there, it DOES make a difference when you add the baking powder.

      Their explanation can be found in this article, but basically the baking powder reacts with water by giving off carbon dioxide, some of which dissolves and forms carbonic acid. This in turn lowers the PH of the whole mixture, counteracting the alkalinity of the detergent.

      So adding the baking powder before the water (all of the water) means your mix won’t have the benefit of this chemical reaction – the reason for adding it to the mix in the first place!

  3. Loving this! We bought a giant bubble sword from a shop and noticed that the mixture it came with was very different from normal mix – it only came with a tiny pot so we needed to know how to make more!
    This site was so helpful especially as you explain why certain elements work and how they work 🙂

    • Thanks, Gareth! I’m one of those annoying people who always ask “why” when I’m told how to do something, so I do tend towards information overload in my own instructions 😉
      Hope your new bubble mix was even better than the original!

  4. This is the best recipe I’ve tried for homemade giant bubbles – actually better than the (brand name starting with G) mix I’ve been buying. I agree that it is better after sitting overnight but it’s also worked quite well after only sitting for an hour or so. Also, I didn’t have guar gum and found xanthan gum worked well as a substitute. Thanks for the bubble fun!

    • I’m so pleased it works well for you – I’ve yet to have a bad batch so we never bother with shop-bought mix anymore. And great tip about xanthan gum, too, thank you!

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