No matter what age I am I still get a kick out of seeing bubbles float in the air. My 3 year old is mad for bubbles and would play with them all day long. If allowed to choose a treat in the shops it will normally be bubble related. He has a “lawnmower” that trails bubbles behind him as he trots up and down the garden behind his Dad,¬† he will ask for extra bath mixture before getting into the tub so that he can make himself a wig and a beard from the bubbles, you get the idea.

Bubbles are transient, caught in a moment in time, suspended in the sky for as long as they are stable, and then in a puff of wind they are gone. To keep the young master in the style to which he has become accustomed would cost us a fortune. He has a wand/sword with sheath for blowing big bubbles that only requires him to swing it towards the wind to get a great sized one. It takes 200ml of bubble solution and if he even slightly tips against it it is emptied onto the grass and the tears begin.

With a baby in the house I’m not likely to be making regular trips to the supermarket to feed his bubble addiction so it’s good to know that I can simply lash a solution together using ingredients from my stores. It is extremely stable, the bubbles from this mixture will resist even a strong breeze and, if it is below freezing outside you can use this mixture to make frozen ice bubbles.


  • 100ml Washing Up Liquid
  • 38ml Glycerine
  • 150ml Tapwater


  • 1 small empty water/drinks bottle or container with a screw cap


  1. Carefully pour the 3 liquids into the bottle.
  2. Screw the cap tightly shut.
  3. Shake the bottle well to combine the ingredients.
  4. Store in a dark place for at least 24 hours, if not more before using.

2 thoughts on “Bubbles!”

  1. I would never have known to add glycerine but for your post…This is not the first time one of your ‘recipes’ has saved the day in this house!!!! I hope this will be included in your book!

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