Basic Bubble Solution
A third of a cup washing-up liquid or baby shampoo
1 ¼ cup water
2 tsp sugar

Combine ingredients and pour into an unbreakable bottle.
To blow bubbles, experiment using plastic straws, pipe cleaners formed into loops, strawberry baskets from grocery store, spoons with holes in them and other items you think of.


Giant Bubble Liquid
½ cup Joy or Dawn* dish detergent
5 cups water; distilled is best
2 tbsp Glycerine

Mix the dish detergent with the water. (Measure carefully, it makes a big difference. Stir. Add the glycerine (you can usually get this in a drug store), this makes more durable bubbles.

You can bend a wire coat hanger into a circle and wind a string around it. Depending on how big you make your circle, you get great big bubbles. The string helps in getting the liquid to stay on the circle. You can also use straws and string - tie a 2 ½ foot length of string through 2 straws and unleash square bubbles. The trick is to dip your string and straw thing into the solution, then wave it through the air. Break the bubble off by flipping the apparatus up a bit. Plain straws make good bubble pipes. Also try using the plastic strawberry baskets, they make lots of little bubbles. It is fun to experiment with all different bubble makers. Big-time bubble making is a bit like fishing. You'll have much better luck in cool wet weather. Early evenings, nighttime and early mornings are often good. Just after a rain is ideal. Don't throw any leftovers away either. The longer your solution sits, the better it gets.


*I think these must be US or Canadian brands - use any good-quality washing-up liquid, NOT cheap stuff.

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