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Battle of the Bubbles

Battle of the Bubbles

Are you ready for some bubbly? I'm talking about making your own bubbles, of course! Around our house, we make bubble solutions pretty often. We even keep a bottle of Ultra Joy under our sink just for our bubble-making sessions.

This weekend, we decided to test out two different solutions: our standby formula as well as a new recipe. Curious about what our investigation uncovered?

What You'll Need

  • dish soap (6 tbsp) - (2 tbsp for first recipe; 4 tbsp for second recipe)
  • distilled water (1.75 cups) - (0.75 c for first recipe; 1 c for second recipe)
  • powdered sugar (2 tbsp ) - (for first recipe)

How We Did It

Battle of the Bubbles

After gathering our supplies, Maddie said she'd create the (new) sweet solution--and Trevelyn said he'd make a batch of our family's favorite recipe.

Battle of the Bubbles

Maddie started out with 3/4 cups of distilled water. (You can use regular water, but distilled water works better.)

Battle of the Bubbles

Next she added 4 tablespoons of dish soap. (Insider's tip: Supposedly, the regular--not anti-bacterial--formulas of Joy and Dawn are supposed to be the best bubble-making brands.)

Battle of the Bubbles

She added 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar with a pinch of cornstarch.

Battle of the Bubbles

Then she stirred up her mixture!

Battle of the Bubbles

Trevelyn went with our good ol' standby: 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tablespoons dish soap, and 1 tablespoon of glycerin.

Battle of the Bubbles
Testing.... testing....
Battle of the Bubbles

Of course, the best test is seeing whether you can make bubbles while blowing raspberries and laughing.

Battle of the Bubbles

And the verdict?

Maddie: "I think my solution works best!"
Trevelyn: "I think MY solution works best!" seems we can't reach consensus: both testers vow that their bubbly is best.

Well, you know what that means, right? It's time to launch your own scientific investigation!


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posted by: caelyn on 9.21.2013

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