This warmer weather brings out everyone’s favorite pastimes: Bubbles!

But do you ever feel frustrated when they pop so fast? What if there was a solution (a literal solution) that made bubbles last a little bit longer?

Below is a bubble mix recipe that will not only make bubbles stronger, but will allow for you to:

  • Hold a bubble in your hand
  • Bounce the bubbles from person to person
  • Squeeze the bubble gently
  • Blow the bubbles onto different surfaces

DIY Bubbles

This bubble solution could not be simpler:
2 cups of water
¼ dish soap
2 tablespoons of glycerin
A few pipettes
Cotton gloves

DIY bubbles experiment

Cut a pipette on the bigger end to act as your bubble wand. Not everyone has traditional bubble wands handy, so these are available at a local craft store. They are super soft, acting as one more way to protect the bubbles.

DIY Bubbles

Fill your bowl with water, and dish soap. Stir very gently as you don’t want to cause foam.

DIY Bubbles

Next, add glycerin. Glycerin is available at craft stores or online. This version is edible, but nobody plans on eating the bubbles!

DIY Bubbles

Stir it all together slowly again.

DIY Bubbles

Have all your bubble enthusiasts put on cotton gloves. These gloves allow for a soft layer upon which the bubble to rest.

DIY Bubbles

Dip the large end of the pipette into the solution. Slowly blow out a bubble.

bubbles

ENJOY!

Bubbles

 

 

The science behind it:

A traditional soap mixture for a bubble is made up of three layers: soap, water, and then another layer of soap. This “sandwich” on the outside of the bubble is called soap film. The soap film pops when the water trapped between the layers evaporates. When you add glycerin, it makes the soap layers thicker, as well as allowing for the water to evaporate much less quickly. This creates longer and stronger bubbles!

 

Happy Bubbles!

 

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