How To Make Homemade Bouncing Bubbles Without Glycerin

We were itching for a new bubble solution recipe, so we decided to figure out how to make homemade bouncing bubbles without glycerin! These bouncing bubbles are so fun for kids of all ages. And you will be glad it is such an easy homemade sugar bubble recipe made with common household ingredients. Let’s learn how to make bubble solution that results in bouncy, super strong bubbles!

How to make Bouncing Bubbles solution recipe for kids - gloved hand holding a strong bouncy bubble
Let’s whip up a homemade bubble solution for bouncy bubbles!

Homemade Bubble Solution

When we saw this recipe from our friend Katie, we knew it would be a winner! These homemade bubbles are stronger and kids can give the bubbles a little bounce if they don’t touch with their hands.

Make Bouncing Bubbles Without Glycerin

I am not a fan of using ingredients like glycerin that I just don’t have on hand…or understand. The corn syrup is replaced with sugar in this homemade bubble recipe too! What is really cool about this homemade bubble solution is that you likely have everything you need to make it right now.

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How to Make Bubble Solution

Supplies Needed to Make Bouncing Bubbles without Glycerin

Related: Make a bubble shooter to use as DIY bubble wands as bubble blowers

Ingredients needed for Bouncing Bubbles solution - sugar, water, dish soap, bubble wand and soft gloves
See, I told you that you already have everything you need to make bubbles!

Instructions to Make Bouncing Bubbles without Glycerin

Step 1

Add the water to a small bowl and pour in the dish soap.

Step 2

Add the sugar and stir gently until the sugar is dissolved. Now your bubble solution is ready and it’s time for the FUN!

Step 3

Put on the winter gloves and gently blow bubbles using the bubble wand.

You can use your gloved hands to catch the bubbles and even bounce them!

Catching a Bubble made from homemade bubble solution on a gloved hand - Kids Activities Blog
That was quick! We are reading to bounce the bubbles in our gloved hand.

Our Experience with Homemade Bouncing Bubble Solution Fun

We made small bubbles and medium size bubbles because of the smaller wands size that we had on hand. I would love to try this with big bubbles with a large wand or even giant bubble wand.

I was surprised at how easy this soap bubble solution was to make in just a minute or two which makes it the best recipe for bubbles on short notice.

The kids love bouncing the bubbles with gloved hands and are surprised at how bubble pops are rare when bouncing. While these aren’t unbreakable bubbles, they are definitely sturdy bubbles!

Why Do These Bubbles Bounce and Not Break?

The sugar helps slow down water evaporation in the bubbles in this simple bubble recipe which lets the bubbles last longer.

The oils on our hands can break the surface tension of the bubbles, causing them to pop. The winter gloves keep the bubbles from coming in contact with our skins’ oils, so they can bounce and do all kinds of fun things!

Bouncing Bubbles - homemade bubble solution bubble in the air over a winter gloved hand of boy bouncing the bubble
The bubbles bounce!

Bubble Activities

Making your own bubble mixture and blowing bubbles will add a little magic to any day, and you probably already have everything you need to make these bubbles. 

Related: Let’s make bubble art with this fun bubble painting technique

Because all of the basic ingredients in this easy bubble recipe are from your kitchen and non-toxic, this makes a great soap mixture to use with young children safely. Older kids will love exploring the science behind the bubble tricks!

Yield: 1 small batch

How to Make Bubble Solution without Glycerin

Make bouncing bubbles at home

This super easy homemade bubble solution results in the coolest bouncing soap bubbles making it a great kids activity for all ages. Oh, and it is made with common household ingredients so you won't need to go to the store to pick up glycerin...because what is glycerin anyway? {Giggle}

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • 1 Tbsp liquid dish detergent
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 Tbsp water

Tools

  • Bubble wand - make your own or pick one up at the Dollar store
  • Small bowl
  • Soft knit winter gloves

Instructions

  1. Combine the water and liquid dish soap into a bowl and mix gently.
  2. Add the sugar and gently stir until dissolved.
  3. Using a bubble wand dipped into the resulting bubble solution, blow bubbles.
  4. If you want to bounce the bubbles, put on a pair of knit gloves and gently catch and bounce the bubbles!

Notes

This easy recipe makes a small batch of homemade solution. You can scale it larger for a crowd, classroom or party with 1 cup of dish soap, 2 cups of sugar and 4 cups of water mixed in a large bowl.

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Did your kids have fun making this homemade bubble solution and making these bouncing bubbles? Let us know in the comments which bubble recipe is your favorite…

4 Comments

  1. Penny Avery says:

    Looks like some fun! I have twin grandbabies that would love these.

  2. Kristen Yard says:

    Aw, I hope you guys have the best time playing with bubbles!

  3. Works a great!

  4. Kristen Yard says:

    Hi, Ashleigh! We are so glad that you are enjoying it!

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