You can also use corn syrup. I just kept experimenting with it until I got the result I was looking for. We were able to make the giant bubbles that kids can stand inside. Watch out if you're using it outside though. The corn syrup may attract bees!
I won a book at the summer reading program at the library when I was a kid. It's called the Unbelievable Bubble book and came with the Bubble Thing which made HUGE bubbles. Here's the bubble recipe from the book:
1 cup dishsoap (recommended clear Ivory or green Dawn)
3-4 TBSP glycerine (optional)
12 cups clean, cold water (up to 50% more on dry days)
I can't remember if I actually tried the recipe or not, but I assume it would work well.
I have dumped so much corn syrup and sugar into this mixture LOL. It has produced sort of a rubber effect when they pop and if they stay in the air they are traveling very far before popping. One went across the field next to us and into another yard and over their fence before we lost sight. They arent doing exactly what I had hoped but its still neat.
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I used to work for Gymboree Play and Music and taught "on the go" classes to preschoolers. We had the most amazing bubbles that didn't pop. They were gymboree brand
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My girls go through enormous amounts of solution; in fact, this summer we made different solutions and compared bubbles/bubble solutions. The type of detergent used makes a HUGE difference. We also found that boiling some of the water letting a teabag sit for a minute in it makes for better solution...though it does have an unappealing tint (The water should be cool before mixing it with detergent.).
Our mix is a 7 - 1 ratio of water to dish soap. For every 7 cups of water, add about 2 tablespoons of glycerine.
We took a field trip to a science museum on Friday and saw a program about bubbles. When it was over they gave us the recipe for the bubble mix they used at the museum. Here it is: 1/2 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid (regular Dawn works best), 1 gallon water, 1/4 cup glycerin. Slowly mix and let stand overnight.