Don’t let a burst bubble burst your bubble — three failproof formulas.
In case you haven’t noticed, folks have really been upping the ante in the making bubbles game recently. From bubbles within bubbles to unpoppable translucent ones that land in your hand, you gotta step it up to keep up. Luckily for you, the Old School team road tested a dozen or so top bubble potions and came up with three solid contenders.
What You Need
- 1/4 c tear-free baby shampoo
- 3/4 c water
- 3 tbsp light corn syrup
- 1/4 c natural, biodegradable dish detergent
- 1 c water
- 1 tsp glycerin
- 2 tsp guar gum powder
- enough isopropyl alcohol to cover the powder
- 1 gallon of warm water
- 3/4 cup of dawn dish soap
- 2 tsp baking powder
1/4 c tear-free baby shampoo
3/4 c water
3 tbsp light corn syrup
Mix all ingredients, and then wait for the bubbles to settle before using.
“This was my favorite. I could blow big bubbles and a stream of small bubbles. One dip in the mixture lasted a lot longer and produced more bubbles than other recipes I tried. Also, this one smells really good.” — Noor Ramay, Old School Marketing Associate
Non-Toxic, Natural Bubbles
1/4 c natural, biodegradable dish detergent
1 c water
1 tsp glycerin
Mix all ingredients in a resealable container. Let stand overnight for best results.
“Worked okay right when I made it, but way better the next day. The only thing is that the bubbles seemed heavy; a lot of them floated downward. I would make it again, though. My son loved it.” — Larkin Gayl, Old School Co-Founder
The SF Bubbleman’s Secret Sauce
2 tsp guar gum
enough isopropyl alcohol to cover the powder
1 gallon of warm water
3/4 cup Dawn dish soap
2 tsp baking powder
Put guar gum powder in a glass. Pour in enough isopropyl alcohol to cover the powder, and stir. The alcohol helps keep the guar gum from clumping in the water. Pour the guar/alcohol mixture into the warm water, add the dish soap and baking powder, and stir.
“I felt like a chemist crafting this potion. After initial skepticism about the solid guar gum, I was pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness — and fresh smell — of the mixture. I was able to pull off some pretty big tube-like bubbles (with a wire hanger contraption) that held up well, despite floating downward. Smaller bubbles (made with reused bubble wand) had more staying power.” — Hanah Snavely, Old School Senior Editor
Old School (www.theoldschool.com) brings Back to the Basics content with a modern twist. Whether you want to learn to tie a bow tie, raise chickens in an urban environment, give yourself a honey facial, or drink your own homemade limoncello, Old School provides the needed inspiration and instruction to learn those skills. In just 4 months, Old School has garnered 9K Facebook likes, and a rapidly expanding fan base that is extremely enthusiastic about our unique, visually breath-taking tutorials. Co-founders Larkin Gayl and Heather Stephenson are both mothers who spend much of their time creating with their own children, including them in kitchen and garden projects and then posting their ideas to the broader Old School audience.