Yesterday I shared an idea for rainy day summer fun. Today, I have a sunny day idea for you and your family.
Earlier this week, I bought Big Brother and Little Sister a pretty cool set of bubble wands. The wands came with a container of “Billion Bubbles” bubble juice. The kiddos loved trying to blow bubbles and chase them around. While they were playing contentedly, I refilled their bubble juice and glanced at the container.
A perfectly happy bubble blowing experience was turned into a “I wonder what’s in this stuff?!” moment for me. I let the kids keep playing with it, but vowed to find a safer solution. The container didn’t specify a single ingredient, but this is what it said:
“Made in China. Not intended for human consumption. Recommended for outdoor use only. Use only under competent adult supervision. Do not blow in face, eyes or hair. Do not drink the bubble solution. If swallowed, immediately drink plenty of water to dilute the solution. If the solution enters the eye, immediate rinse with lukewarm water. If any irritation occurs, seek medical advice immediately.”
Aside from every single sentence screaming to me that the bubble solution must be made of toxins, I think the words that concerned me the most were “Made in China.” (Well, either those words or the “seek medical advice immediately.” Since it’s made in China, consumers have absolutely no idea what ingredients are included.
I was determined to create a safer bubble juice recipe – or at least one where I knew what was going into the bubbles. All of these recipes call for dish soap, and soaps vary in toxicity. But I certainly hope the soaps are safer than the Billion Bubbles.
Anyway, here are two recipes – one with corn syrup and one without. Because I’ve had corn syrup sitting in my kitchen pantry since before Christmas, I decided to try it. When we tried both bubble solutions, both created huge bubbles. The corn syrup bubbles popped easily, but the sugar bubbles floated nicely. Try them for yourself and enjoy all the bubbly goodness!
Mix 1 cup water, 4 Tablespoons dish soap and 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup.
Mix 1 cup water, ¼ cup dish soap and 1 teaspoon sugar.
Dino De Luca/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Latest posts by Hilary Kimes Bernstein (see all)
- The Day I Realized Healthy Choices Don’t Guarantee Health - July 21, 2015
- Avoid Synthetic Bug Sprays with All-Natural Repellents - July 16, 2015
- The Day I Learned I Could Cook Real Food - July 13, 2015