I have been dying to try these bubbles for a year now and my family reunion 3 weeks ago was the perfect excuse to get all of the supplies together, which is the number one reason for me not doing many things that I’d like to. I’d read about them here on Our Best Bites and thought it would be no big deal. I needed blue Dawn soap, baking powder, glycerin, and J-Lube for the bubble soap. I had read that the J-Lube was available at farm supply stores so I didn’t worry about ordering it because I was going to Nebraska for my reunion and well, let’s just say that when many of your high school classmates spend the summer detassling corn, you know that farmers are not in short supply.
As soon as I got there I started calling farm supply stores and much to my dismay, no one carried J-Lube. I thought that I had a guaranteed place when I saw that QC Supply out of Elkhorn was the supplier for Amazon. Yeah, guess who didn’t have it? I almost started arguing with the man on the phone about how he had to have it because he sold it on Amazon, but he was a no nonsense guy and I could tell it would do no good.
Lucky for me my brother lives in a cute little town in rural Nebraska and when I went to visit him I called another QC Supply and they had it. Halleluiah! The man at the store told me that only stores that supply pig and cow farmers carry it so that is why I couldn’t find it before. So, my advice to you is to buy it from QC Supply here. Amazon also carries it but it costs more to buy it through them. Alright, so now that you know all about my adventures to find J-Lube, here’s what I thought about how the bubbles went.
They are A-mazing!! I couldn’t believe how big they were. We had several that were over 15 feet long. And the colors! They were so pretty! Fun, fun for everyone!
One last thing about the J-Lube. You only use 1/2 teaspoon each time you make it so this bottle will be a lifetime supply for you and anyone else you choose to share with. Anyone around me in Arizona, feel free to ask and I’ll get you some.
The glycerin was very easy to find in the cake decorating section at a craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.
When I was picking up the dowels for the bubble wand I also got a washer for a weight on the bottom string. It worked really well at holding the bottom string down. The dowels that I bought were on the thinner side and the kids broke them messing around after we had finished. I will buy some on the thicker side next time. To assemble, tie one string that is about 2 feet long to the top of each dowel (you have two). Tie a second string that has the washer on it and is long enough that it hangs down loosely when the top one is pulled tight. I totally missed taking a picture of what the bubble wand should look like it. To see it go here.
The last thing that I discovered is that a tall plastic pitcher worked best for holding the soap. I started in a bucket, but the solution was not high enough to cover all of the string. A gallon sized pitcher worked perfectly.
We had 3 four year olds that all loved making the bubbles by themselves. The teenagers loved doing it and I must admit that I had a lot of fun seeing how long I could get one. Here’s a picture of my longest bubble. Isn’t it amazing how big these things are!?! So much fun!!
Big Bubbles Recipe
Recipe from Our Best Bites
- 1 cup Original Dawn dish soap
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons glycerin- craft store in the cake decorating section
- 1/2 teaspoon J-Lube (order here)
- 1 gallon water
- 2 wooden dowels
- 1 washer
- gallon sized plastic pitcher
In the plastic pitcher, combine baking powder and J-Lube. Slowly whisk in warm water until smooth. Add glycerin, water, and Dawn.
To make the bubble wand, tie one end of the yarn tightly near the top of one of the dowels. Run a line of yarn about 1 1/2-2 feet to the same spot on the other dowel and tie it securely. Tie a second string under the first, place the washer on the string and secure it the string to the second dowel so it droops down when the top one is pulled taut.
Dip the bubble wand in the bubble soap. When you pull them out, keep the sticks as far apart as possible and start walking backwards. Watch as beautiful big bubbles start to form. Be prepared for lots of smiles!!