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Can anyone tell me if you can make good bubble solution using dish
detergent and water, and if so what the proportions are (we use
"concentrated" Palmolive detergent). I read somewhere that it was one part
of detergent to six of water, but that doesn't seem to work with the
detergent we're using. Is there some magic ingredient I'm missing?
I recall that "Dawn' is the best dish detergent to use for bubble solution. "Joy"
being second best. Also if you add a little glycerin to the mixture it strengthens
the bubbles.You can get glycerin at the drug store. I don't recall the proportions.
Much of this info came from the instructions from a bubble wand (one of those
rods with a woven strap used for making gigantic bubbles) so if you look at one
of those you might find proportions listed.
I made some this summer and used about 4 parts water to one part dish soap
(I think it was JOY) and it worked great. We ended up diluting it even
more... so just experiment with it. We got HUGE bubbles. I've heard
that adding glycerin helps, but it sure didn't seem necessary.
This is a great recipe for making giant bubbles.a 1 cup Joy dish detergent (using
this brand is key, must have something in it that makes good bubbles), 10 cups
water, 4 tablespoons glycerin.a Mix at least 2 hours before use.a You can get
the glycerin at the drug store.
Try this recipe for soap bubbles 1/2 cup Joy or Dawn liquid detergent; 5 cups water and 2
tablespoons glycerine (from the pharmacy; it makes the bubbles stronger). Good luck!
www.bubbles.org has recipes and some interesting information.
I have not tried this, but here it is
Mix 3/4 cup liquid soap
1/4 cup glycerine
2 quarts water (8 cups)
Soap Solution for Blowing Bubbles
Try adding few drops of glycerin, you can get then at the pharmacy. Also,
for best result, use distilled water. Good luck!
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