I’m sure by now you’ve seen the colorful bubbles in store sold by some big-name brands. But did you know it’s easy to DIY color bubbles yourself? It only takes a few ingredients– things you already likely have around your house– and a few minutes to make the BEST color bubbles on the planet!
Start by gathering a little helper. Funny faces are encouraged.
With guidance, your little helper should measure out 1/3 cup of blue Dawn dish washing.
Don’t ask me why– I have no idea– but blue Dawn dish washing soap, the original Dawn, makes the BEST bubbles. They’re stronger, longer lasting, and just plain better than any other soap we’ve tried. And I’m not alone– most homemade bubble recipes call for this same soap!
In addition, you’ll need 1 1/4 Cups water, 2 Tablespoons of sugar, and some food coloring. Why sugar? Well, the sugar actually helps the bubbles “stick” better– I’m really not sure the scientific reason, but it seems to help them hold their shape. After trying bubble solution both with and without the sugar in it, the sugar definitely is the key to getting some really great bubbles.
Start by mixing the sugar into the water until the sugar is completely dissolved– this is a good part for your little helper to assist with!
Try to create as few suds as possible… the more suds you create now, the less your bubbles will work later, so you want to be extra careful not to get it too sudsy! We found that little helpers stirring the sugar water and adults stirring the dish washing liquid was the best arrangement to prevent over-sudsing.
Pour your bubble solution into deep, airtight containers– you want them deep enough to get your bubble wand in easily. Or, you can splurge on some spillproof bubble containers, but your everyday food storage will work just fine!
Then, it’s time to work some magic!
Add 5-10 drops of food coloring to each container. We enjoyed mixing colors to create new colors, or using brights to make some fun shades. One tip, though– yellow just isn’t the best choice of color. Because of the blue dish washing detergent, it mostly just ends up looking green, no matter how hard you try to avoid it. The darker or bolder the color you choose, the better your bubbles will look. Again, stir very gently so you don’t create too many suds!
Once you’ve got your bubble solution mixed, it’s time too go outside and play! I recommend putting your child in play clothes– because of the food coloring, there’s a chance that these bubbles could stain. You can experiment with different wands, or even use bubble guns, to see what makes the best bubble!
The best part is that the bubbles definitely beat store-bought. They’re cheap and easy to make at home in large batches, and they’re so fun to make together. The cost of a large bottle of dish washing liquid, some food coloring, and a little bit of sugar meant that for less than one bottle of colored bubbles at the store, we got 4 colors and enough ingredients to make many, many more bubbles in the future.
1/3 Cup Original Blue Dawn Dish washing Soap
1 1/4 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Mix water and sugar until sugar dissolves.
Slowly add dish washing liquid, being careful not to create too many suds.
Divide mixture into containers and add food coloring as desired– 5-10 drops per 1/4 batch of solution.