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GIY Bubble Solution with Dr. Bronner’s

Warning! This post is only for fun! However, since having fun relieves stress, and stress is one of the 5 habits for healthy skin, I guess there is some practical application here.  

In the video, I make a GIY (Green It Yourself) bubble recipe using a combination of ½ cup (120 mL) Sal Suds, ½ cup (120 mL) corn syrup, and 2 cups (480 mL) distilled water.   

However, in my testing, I experimented with a range of other ingredients.  Several of them worked reasonably well, and if this is what you have on hand, here are some substitutions you can try:   

  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) Castile Liquid Soap in place of Sal Suds 
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) glycerin in place of the corn syrup 
  • 1 cup (240 mL) of simple syrup in place of the corn syrup; reduce water to 1 ½ (360 mL) cups

There’s no preservative in my formulation, so this isn’t for longterm storage in your garage all summer. Use it in a week or so.   

A huge thank you to my awesome nephew and niece for their bubble blowing (and popping!) help! And to Tuckerthe noseless wonder, for his super brief cameo.   

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Maya Hill says:

Is distilled water absolutely necessary? Or will tap water work fine?

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Maya- The mineral content in hard water can interfere with the elasticity of the bubbles. If tap water that’s all you have though, give it a go!


Lisa Bronner

Green means life. “Going Green” is living in such a way to promote vitality and vibrancy in every sphere of life. Grab an idea to make your days healthier, simpler, and more beautiful at their core.