The sun has been shinning last week and our favourite way to play in the sun is with bubbles – you just can’t beat them.

We were getting through bottles of store brought bubble mix and when I did a search through Pinterest and of the web I found loads of recipes but the “best” ones all had corn syrup in them and we can’t get corn syrup in the UK.

I moaned to my mum about the fantastic bubbles that I used to make as a kid all summer long and how we never ever seemed to run out of bubble mix and off she popped found her note book and handed me the recipe that she used to use when I was a child (don’t you just love mums that kept things like that).

The mix has been a huge success.

So much fun trying to blow the biggest bubbles and it’s made from ingredients that we have in the house.

My Mum’s 1980’s Bubble Mix Recipe

2 cups Washing Up Liquid
1 tsp Glycerine or Cooking Oil
1 cup Water

Making the mix

child blowing bubbles with a pipe cleaner bubble wand

In a large jar pour lots of washing up liquid in – we use fairy but it really doesn’t matter what the make. Add in a little water so it’s a strong mix and give it a stir. To the mix add a minimum of 1 teaspoon of glycerine or cooking oil – we have been using out of date glycerine cough mixture and last year used cooking oil and the bubble worked great both times. The glycerine or cooking oil makes the bubble mix stronger and the bubble less likely to burst.

blowing bubbles with homemade bubble mix and bubble wand

Using whatever bubble wands you have go out and blow bubbles and when the jar is empty – a quick trip to the kitchen and you’ve got more mix within seconds.

Bubble Mix just like your Mom Made - easy to make no need to pop to the store and it works really well

Bubble Mix Recipe

Cerys Parker
Bubble Mix just like your Mom Made – easy to make no need to pop to the store and it works really well
3.69 from 69 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Washing Up Liquid
  • 1 tsp Glycerine or Cooking Oil
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions
 

  • a large jar pour lots of washing up liquid in – we use fairy but it really doesn’t matter what the make. 
  • Add in a little water so it’s a strong mix and give it a stir.
  •  To the mix add 1 tablespoon of glycerine or cooking oil – we have been using out of date glycerine cough mixture and last year used cooking oil and the bubble worked great both times. The glycerine or cooking oil makes the bubble mix stronger and the bubble less likely to burst
  • Using what ever bubble wands you have go out and blow bubbles and when the jar is empty – a quick trip to the kitchen and you’ve got more mix within seconds.
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bubble blowing bubble mix just like your mom made
Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

23 Comments

  1. I was thrilled to see a recipe that didn’t need glycerine. I reduced the recipe but followed the 2:1 ratio and it worked great. I have Ecover liquid on hand and it was just fine!

    1. Fantastic – I think that the glycerine is just needed for extra-large bubbles or ones with more staying power but to make some mix that the kids can use happily basic is good. Enjoy the fun.

  2. It is the first time I have tried this recipe so I used 1/2 recipe. I used Fairy washing up liquid and olive oil. It is brilliant the bubbles just keep coming. For the first time in his life I have actually tired my working cocker spaniel out and there is still some left for tomorrow.

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