Bouncing Bubble Recipe - Blow Bubbles That Bounce

Bubble Solution Recipes Plus Special Tips

You can make strong bubbles that bounce by adding ingredients to the bubble solution.
You can make strong bubbles that bounce by adding ingredients to the bubble solution and wetting surfaces the bubble will touch. Jim Corwin/Getty Images

Just about any bubble solution will produce soap bubbles, but it takes a little extra care to make them strong enough to bounce. Here's a recipe for bouncing bubble solution and tips to keep bubbles from popping on contact.

Bouncing Bubble Recipe

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent (I like Dawn)
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • Bubble wand or straw to blow bubbles

Simply mix together the ingredients and store it in a sealed container until you're ready to use it. While the recipe may work with regular tap water, distilled water produces reliable results because it doesn't contain extra minerals that could prevent soap suds from forming. The detergent is what actually forms the bubbles. Glycerin stabilizes the bubbles by making them thicker and reducing how quickly water evaporates. Basically, it makes them stronger and longer-lasting.

You may get a little extra "oomph" from your bubble solution if you place it in the refrigerator to age overnight. Allowing time for the solution to rest after mixing it gives gas bubbles a chance to leave the liquid (which could prematurely pop your bubble). A cool bubble solution evaporates less quickly, which may also protect your bubbles.

Blow Bubbles You Can Bounce

Blow bubbles! Now, you aren't going to be able to bounce them on hot pavement, no matter how hard you try. You need to aim for a more bubble-friendly surface. You can catch and bounce bubbles on the following surfaces:

  • bubble wand, wet with bubble solution
  • damp dish
  • gloved hand, especially if you wet it with bubble solution
  • cool, damp grass
  • damp cloth

Do you see a trend here? A smooth, moist surface is best. If the surface is too rough, it can puncture the bubble. If it is too hot or dry, the bubble will pop. It also helps if you are blowing bubbles on a calm day with high humidity. Windy, hot conditions will dry out your bubbles, causing them to pop.

Need even stronger bubbles? Try this recipe for bubbles that won't pop.