an introduction to various ingredients and what they do.
Washing up liquid.
The main ingredient, a surfactant.
In the UK 'Fairy Liquid Green Original'
is my first choice. In other countries it
would probably be best to start off with
the best quality available.
Choose the version with the least added
ingredients such as fragrance or
Adding more detergent thins the wall of
the bubble, reducing the amount thickens
the wall. This will effect the longevity of the
bubble and the colours produced.
Thinner= weaker but more colourful.
Although some people prefer distilled
water, plain tap water is probably the best
place to start.
A conditioner like baking powder will lower
ph and often improve bubble performance
in soft water areas.
Often cited in recipes, I have never used it.
The ingredient that turns a soap solution
into something magical.
Using a polymer helps bubbles become
stronger, more resilient and flexible.
Blowing bubbles in bubbles becomes easy.
They come in a variety of familiar forms,
from food additives to personal lubricants:
Powdered guar bean is a natural polymer.
Used as a food thickener, it is readily
available from supermarkets or on-line.
Ideal for first explorations into giant bubble
Polyethylene oxide, powerful & used in tiny
It can be obtained online as J-Lube, a
veterinary lubricant. It deteriorates so
needs to be stored in a freezer.
Available in reasonably small quantities
on-line as Natrosol.