I guess the heat is getting to everyone and they’re looking for a recipe with which to cool down – had a request to repost this. As I am your humble servant, I have done so. Originally posted April 6, 2012
I had a spring break request. I used to work at a hands-on science museum and this was a summer staple. We used to attach hula-hoops to mop handles and use as a big bubble wand. Kept the bubble mixture in kiddie plastic swimming pools, easier to dip the various wand into it.
You can also place the hula-hoop ring in the pool, have a small child stand in the center and slowly lift the hoop up, around the child and voila! – you have a kid in a bubble.
You can use almost anything for a wand – string (see recipe), old tennis rackets w/o strings, any type of large ring shaped item. Works best at moderate temperatures, too cold or too hot affect the ability for the bubbles to hold.
- 1/2 cup Dawn® or Joy® liquid dishwashing detergent
- 4 1/2 cups water
- 3 to 4 tablespoons glycerin
For some reason the ingredients are very important. You want one of those brand name soaps and they need to be the regular formula, if they are ultra formulas it may not work. And glycerin is the glue that holds it all together.
In a large plastic bowl mix all ingredients gently so that foam doesn’t form on top of the water. Skim off any foam that appears because it interferes with bubble making. Knot yarn, string, or twine into loops of different sizes, up to 30 inches in circumference. The larger the loop, the larger the bubble. Let string loops soak for a minute in bubble mix.
Using both hands, grasp the loop at two equally distant points and lift it gently out of the water with both sides of the string drawn taut. Open the strings about 1/2 inch apart, keeping the string taut. Lift this string form into the air, and a giant bubble will appear. Label the bubble mix and store it tightly sealed.
This recipe can be doubled or divided, as needed. Glycerin can be found at most pharmacies.