How to Make Bubbles That Don't Pop

Easy Unbreakable Bubble Recipe

Chemistry is the key to blowing a giant bubble that won't pop.

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If you're tired of bubbles that pop as soon as you blow them, try this recipe for unbreakable bubbles! Now, it's still possible to break these bubbles, but they are much stronger than regular soap bubbles. Examples of bubbles that truly won't pop include plastic bubbles, which are essentially small balloons. This recipe makes bubbles using a sugar polymer to accomplish much the same result.

Unbreakable Bubble Recipe

Simply stir the ingredients together to make the bubble solution. You can use dark corn syrup just as easily as white corn syrup, but the solution will be colored. Also, you can add food coloring or glow paint to color the bubbles. You can also substitute another type of sticky syrup, just expect changes in color and odor.

Here's another easy bubble recipe:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup dishwashing liquid
  • 1/2 cup glycerin

Getting the Biggest, Strongest Bubbles

If you blow bubbles and they don't seem strong enough, you can add more glycerin and/or corn syrup. The best amount of glycerin or corn syrup depends on the dish soap you use, so the recipe is a starting point. Feel free to adjust the ingredient measurements. If you use "ultra" dishwashing liquid, you'll probably need to add more syrup or glycerin. If you are having trouble getting big bubbles, you might want to use distilled water rather than tap water. Also, bubble recipes benefit from sitting for several hours or overnight before use.

Glowing Bubbles

If you break open a yellow highlighter and allow the ink to soak into the water, the resulting bubble solution and bubbles will glow under a black light. Another option is to use tonic water in place of regular water. The tonic water bubbles will glow pale blue under a black light. For brighter glowing bubbles, you can add glow pigment to the bubble mixture. However, the pigment becomes suspended in the solution rather than dissolves, so the bubbles won't last as long or get as large.

Coloring Bubbles

Bubbles consist of a thin liquid film over a gas (air). Because the liquid layer is so thin, it's hard to color bubbles. You can add food coloring or dye, but don't expect the color to be really noticeable. Also, the pigment molecules are large and will weaken the bubbles so they won't be as big or last as long. It's possible to color bubbles, but you may not like the results. Your best bet is to substitute a water-based dye in place of water in the bubble recipe. Blow colored bubbles outdoors because they will stain surfaces and clothing.

Bubble Clean Up

As you might guess, bubbles made using corn syrup are sticky. They will clean up with warm water, but it's best to blow bubbles outdoors or in a bathroom or kitchen so you won't have to un-stick your carpet or upholstery. The bubbles wash out of clothing.

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "How to Make Bubbles That Don't Pop." ThoughtCo, Oct. 29, 2020, Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2020, October 29). How to Make Bubbles That Don't Pop. Retrieved from Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "How to Make Bubbles That Don't Pop." ThoughtCo. (accessed February 6, 2023).