Soap bubble liquid recipes

Many different recipes on soap bubble mixtures are described on the internet. Usually these include products that are available in the US only. Here we present two good recipes based on European products.


Sterling Johnson’s bubble mixture:

  • 1 liter of water (Preferably distilled, demineralized or rain water)
  • 8 deciliters of Outra Bubble (which is a pre-made bubble mixture you will find in most toy stores in Denmark and other European countries. If you cannot find Outra Bubble in your local toy store, you will probably find an equally good brand. We have used different brands with success)
  • 1 deciliter of detergent (If you live in Denmark, then use Fairy Ultra or Fairy Original.)
  • 1 deciliter of glycerin

This recipe was given to us by Sterling Johnson, the master-of-hand-tricks bubble artist. We are using Sterling mixture for almost all our soap bubble tricks and experiments.

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Experimentarium’s bubble mixture:

  • 1 deciliter of detergent (If you live in Denmark, then use Fairy Ultra or Fairy Original. In Sweden you can use Yes)
  • 2 tablespoons of glycerin
  • Fill in water until you have a total mixture volume of two liters

This mixture has been used for many years in the science centre in Copenhagen, Experimentarium. It is an OK mixture, and it is cheap.


You can also simply use pre-made bubble mixtures from toy stores. It is more expensive and in our point of view, they are not as good as the Sterling Johnson bubble mixture. The good thing about pre-made mixtures is that they don’t grow old as quickly as the mixtures you make yourself.