Super-Duper Homemade Bubbles & Wands

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Super Duper Non-Toxic Bubbles

Spring is here and that means longer days and more time for the kids to play outside. And there’s nothing like bubbles to inspire fun.  Try our homemade recipe for a natural, non-toxic, and inexpensive solution that is guaranteed to have your kids running, jumping, and giggling for hours. You can take the activity indoors, too, by using the bubble wands in the bathtub or creating a DIY station at a birthday party.

Materials for DIY BubblesMaterials

  • Honest Dish Soap
  • Colorful pipe cleaners (Bubble wands)
  • Liquid Vegetable Glycerin  (or White Sugar)
  • Warm Water
  • Wide mouth jar with an airtight lid (baby food or old spice jars are great choices)
  • Label for Jar (or masking tape)
  • Scissors

Super-Duper Homemade Bubble Recipe

Start by combining 1 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of white sugar. Stir in the sugar until it is completely dissolved. Next stir in the teaspoon of glycerin. Gently stir in 2 tablespoons of Honest Liquid Dish Soap.

DIY Bubble Wands

Pipe Cleaners = Bubble Wands

Pipe cleaners can be found at most craft stores. To create a bubble wand take one end of the pipe cleaner and bend it to form a circle approximately the size of a quarter or whatever size you desire. Just make sure it will fit inside the jar you selected for your bubble solution.  Once you are happy with the size and the shape twist it together tightly so it stays locked in place.  You can use the top or neck of the Honest dish soap bottle as a guide to form a perfect circle. Get creative with your shapes. Have fun with it!

DIY Bubble Fun

Natural Bubble Solution

Homemade Bubble Solution

Why Glycerin or Sugar?

The addition of the glycerin or sugar makes the bubbles last longer before popping. Glycerin can be purchased at most health food stores. We found a 4 oz. bottle of vegetable glycerin at Whole Foods for $3.99.  If you can’t find glycerin, just double the amount of white sugar in your recipe.

Storing your Bubble Solution

Store your bubble solution in an airtight container and make sure it is clearly labeled. If you don’t have any cute labels lying around, grab some masking tape (or duct tape) and a black marker and create your own label. The bubble solution should store nicely for at least 1 month. Just make sure to stir, don’t shake, the solution before every use.


  1. Do the different shaped wands make different shaped bubbles? Or is that simply a cutesie factor?

    Love this!!

  2. JammyCakes

    All bubbles will be round regardless of the wand shape.

  3. The wand designs are just for fun and each will produce round bubbles. The great thing about using pipe cleaners is that your kiddos—and you!—can get creative in bending shapes.

  4. We hope you have tons of outdoor fun and would love to see pics of your kids chasing their homemade bubbles. Feel free to share on or tweet @Honest with #HonestDIY.

  5. Do you have a recipe for finger paint and play dough?

  6. We made ours today and didn’t have much luck. I had a bar of glycerin that I shredded some of rather than buy the liquid version. I’ll try again with liquid next time.

  7. Good luck with round 2! Keep us posted on the outcome of the bar v. liquid glycerin.

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  9. Won’t this draw ants with the sugar added? We all know the bubbles pop on the child as well as the potential of spillage.

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  11. I tried to make this with the honest laundry detergent and didn’t seem to work well. Will need to try to add more glycerine and detergent. I’ve heard that you need to use distilled water for best results…

  12. Thanks for the feedback on the recipe. While both the laundry detergent and the dish soap work, we’ve had the best results with the dish soap. Keep us posted on how you refine the bubble mixture — we’d love to share it here!

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  15. michael mota

    Actually, it’s not the sshape of the wand it’s the shape of your mouth while you blow and you have to be thinking of the shape you want the bubble to be in. Think square thoughts! blow square bubbles all the time! It’s fun and easy. LOL

  16. michael mota

    Also if you have a purple bubble wand your bubbles will come out purple!!!

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  18. Hi- is it one teaspoon of glycerin or one tablespoon? It looks like it says both in the recipe. Thanks! 🙂

  19. Love this and can’t wait to try it. Those homemade wands are adorable! Thanks so much. I will be featuring this post in an upcoming bubble play roundup at my site. Pinning, tweeting, sharing!!

  20. Thanks so much, Jelli! We’re honored to be featured in your bubble play roundup.

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  23. Rocrisel

    I remember using papaya stems ( wand ) as a kid, and that was ages ago! This is my homemade recipe for bubbles : 2 cups water, 3 tbsp dishwashing liquid, 1 tsp baking soda, i tsp sugar!

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  26. Sherry Parks Robinson

    I tried this recipe using The Honest Lemon Verbena dish soap and it didn’t work well, at all. Do you think it’s the lemon?

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