Bubbles for ever

bubbles.jpgThis is how is works at my house: I buy a tube of bubbles for a treat and there is great excitement, so much excitement that within a maximum 15 minutes the whole content of the tube has landed on the floor and my daughter wants “MORE!” I have, since I was roughly my daughter’s age, tried to concoct my own bubble mixture with dish washing soap, but without any success. The bubble mixture never turned into bubbles, and my mixture usually was used to wash dishes.

On a recent trip to Italy we were stuck up on a mountain at least half an hour away from civilization and as usual we ran out of bubbles, and this is were I finally learned the secret: a spoonful of sugar! Trust my 88-year-old Italian aunt Emilia to know what to do. It worked perfectly — we got huge bubbles!!! Apparently you normally also add in glycerine, but who has that lying around the house? So a good dash of dishwashing liquid, a bit of water and a teaspoon of sugar, and va bene as they would say in Italy.

– Emilie


Comments (4)

August 1, 2008

Thank God for your aunt Emilia!! I’ve always wanted to know how to make bubbles that actually did more than make a sticky, disappointing mess!

August 2, 2008

i’m italian but the right recipe of the concoction was unknown to me.
thank you!
we’ll try it out very soon…. bubble tubes last about the same time in our family!

July 14, 2010

The story about the bubble mixture lasting five minutes before they want more made me smile!! Thanks for the tip – very useful!!!

July 14, 2010

I am very happy to confirm this works. Just had a 2 min break from work to test this “crazy” theory and I had an explosion of bubbles bouncing around my garden and beyond. It’s quite breezy today but they lasted well!
I can also recommend a bubble break when work is getting tricky or you are stuck with a problem. It’s made me smile & running around the garden had perked me up too!

Who knows – might even play bubbles with my boy when work is done for the day!

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