Why does sugar make the bubble solution stronger?

Just make soap bubbles yourself

Have you ever watched bubble artists or participated in a bubble flash mob? No matter where I am in the world, I discover soap bubbles everywhere and amazed children watching the colorful bubbles.

In the course of time I have tried many recipes with which you can make the soap bubble liquor yourself. They didn't always work to 100% satisfaction, but with trying something and being patient, I was finally satisfied and the soap bubbles flew around.

When I was a kid, making the bubble solution was pretty easy. When I had emptied the bottle (unfortunately often without making soap bubbles), my mother took the washing-up liquid, splashed it into the small bottle and filled it up with tap water. It foamed strongly, but after a short time I was able to blow colored soap bubbles into the air again.

Today the soap content in the detergent seems to have changed, because the production of the liquid is no longer that simple. I have found that the glycerine content of the soap should be as high as possible, fragrances are not necessary at all and you do not have to work with distilled water. One detergent that has always worked really well in our recipes is Fairy Ultra Plus Concentrate *. The mix seems to be right here.

A little tip: we have found that some of our bubble liquids work better when we add some store-bought solution to them.


Table of Contents

Our 10 best recipes we use to make soap bubbles:

For all recipes you need:

  • Bowls
  • something to stir, for example whisk, wooden spoon ...
  • Measuring cup and / or scales
  • Fun to experiment

We have put together our 10 best recipes for you.

1. Recipe with 3 ingredients

4 tablespoons of green soap (soft soap)
4 tablespoons of glycerin
1 liter of water (warm)
The green soap (soft soap) is dissolved in the lukewarm water by carefully stirring. Then add the glycerine and continue to stir gently. If the solution is well stirred, you can use it to make soap bubbles.

2. Prescription with a longer waiting time

500 ml of water
75 grams of sugar
13g wallpaper paste
375 ml neutral soap (e.g. Haka neutral soap **)
4.5 liters of water
The sugar is first dissolved in 0.5 liters of water. The sugar is properly dissolved when the water is clear and transparent again.
Add the neutral soap and wallpaper paste and then slowly stir in 4.5 liters of warm water.
After a night of rest, the soapy water is ready.
Stir again before use!

3. Recipe with corn syrup

450 ml dishwashing detergent (Fairy Ultra Plus concentrate *)
200 ml corn syrup
1.5 liters of water
Mix all ingredients well. Then let it rest for approx. 4 hours at room temperature.
Stir again before use!

4. For small soap bubbles

225 ml washing-up liquid (Fairy Ultra Plus concentrate *)
1 tablespoon of glycerin
3 liters of water
Mix carefully, it should not foam if possible.
The soapy water is only ready for use when there is no more foam. It is suitable for making small soap bubbles.

5. Soap bubbles made with sugar

100 g of sugar
2-3 tablespoons of salt
1.4 liters of water (distilled water is best)
150 ml washing-up liquid (Fairy Ultra Plus concentrate *)
12 ml of glycerine
Heat 200ml water (but don't let it boil!) And add the sugar and salt. Stir until all the crystals are dissolved. The sugar and salt are properly dissolved when the water is clear and transparent again.
Mix the detergent slowly with 200 ml of water so that as little foam as possible is created.
Then pour the two mixtures together.
In the next step, add 1 liter of water and the glycerine and stir carefully.
Let the mixture soak for about 2 hours.
Stir again before use!

6. Icing sugar for making soap bubbles

750 ml of distilled water
70 g powdered sugar
250 ml washing-up liquid (Fairy Ultra Plus concentrate *)
1 tablespoon of glycerin
The powdered sugar is dissolved in the water. The sugar is properly dissolved when the water is clear and transparent again. Then carefully stir in the detergent and glycerine.
Let something rest a night.
Stir again before use!

7. Recipe for giant soap bubbles

250 ml of water
1/2 cup dish soap (Fairy Ultra Plus concentrate *)
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp glycerin
Dissolve the cornstarch in water. A lump-free solution must be created.
Then add the remaining ingredients and stir well. There should be no lumps in the solution.
Now let the solution “steep” for a few hours.
Stir again before use!
Note: the starch will leave white stains on the floor after drying. But these can be washed off easily.

8. Soap bubbles XXL

900 ml of cold water
60 ml washing-up liquid (Fairy Ultra Plus concentrate *)
1 teaspoon wallpaper paste (powder)
Dissolve the wallpaper paste in the water. A lump-free solution is created.
Add the detergent and stir the solution well.

9. Recipe for large soap bubbles

75 ml neutral soap (e.g. Haka neutral soap **)
800 ml of cold water
100 ml of lukewarm water
50 grams of sugar
1 teaspoon wallpaper paste powder
Stir the wallpaper paste powder into the cold water until it has completely dissolved. There must be no lump.
Add the neutral soap to the mixed wallpaper paste and stir well again.
Dissolve the sugar in 100 ml of lukewarm water. The sugar is properly dissolved when the water is clear and transparent again. Then mix with the wallpaper paste mixture.

10. Soap bubbles from baby shampoo

60 ml baby shampoo
200 ml of water
3 tablespoons of corn syrup
Mix the ingredients together slowly. There should be as little foam as possible. Only when the foam has disappeared can the liquid be used.

Accessories that can be used with soap bubbles

You can also make many materials that you can use to blow / make the soap bubbles yourself. It does not always have to be the purchased plastic ring variant.

1. Ring for blowing soap bubbles

Pipe cleaners,
Floral wire,
Gauze bandage / wool

Rings made from pipe cleaners are ideal for small soap bubbles. Bend this into a circle and let one end protrude. Close the circle tightly.
Large soap bubbles can be easily created with floral wire wrapped in a gauze bandage. The bandage soaks up well with soapy water, making it easier to blow.

2. Blow ropes for giant soap bubbles

2 floors
Threads (wool or other absorbent thread)
Washer for e.g. screws / nuts
some glue if necessary
The washer is attached to the middle of the cord with a small knot. Now attach the cord to the sticks after about half the length (with a little glue if necessary) and knot the ends together. A circle is created.
Immerse this completely in the soapy water. But do not stir the soap bubble mixture around. Keep the tips of the rods close together when pulling out. Then slowly and evenly open the circle and pull it through the air so that a soap bubble forms. It's not that easy, it takes a little practice!

Wool and straw construction

drinking straw
Wool (about 1m)
Cut the straw into 2 equal pieces. Thread this onto a woolen thread. Knot the wool thread. Move the straw pieces so that they are opposite each other and can be used like small handles. Now dip into the soap bubble solution and pull upwards.

Socks and plastic bottle (for older children)

plastic bottle
Scissors / cutter
Rubber bands (parcel tape is also possible)
Use the scissors or the cutter to cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle.
In the case of very long socks, it is advisable to shorten them a little at the open end.
Put the sock over the bottle and attach it to the bottle with the help of the rubber bands (alternatively the adhesive tape).
Now there are two variants that our construction can generate soap bubbles:
a) Put some water into the bottle through the sock. Then put detergent on the sock. Open the screw cap and blow hard into the bottle. A bubble snake comes out of the sock.
b) Put some ready-made soapy water into the bottle through the sock. Unscrew the bottle cap and blow into the bottle!
ATTENTION: Do not drink the lye! Just blow! Only suitable for older children!


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