This recipe comes from the Soap Bubble Fandom Wiki and it works wonderfully.
- 1 gallon of HOT tap water
- .5 gallon of COLD tap water
- 1.25 cups of Dawn Professional Manual Pot and Pan detergent
- 2 level teaspoons of Clabber Girl double acting baking powder (Other baking powder should work too)
- .5 level teaspoon (1.5g) of J-Lube
- Fill bucket with 1 gallon of the hottest tap water possible. (Mark your bucket at this level for future mixes so you can fill directly from the sink.)
- Sprinkle in the J-Lube as slowly as possible to avoid clumping while quickly stirring the water with a chopstick. (I use a coated/lacquered chopstick to keep the J-Lube from sticking and accumulating on it, you can probably use a knife or fork.)
- Continue stirring for a minute.
- Add .5 gallon of cold tap water.
- (Mark the bucket at this level for future mixes.)
- Pour in the Dawn and let it settle on the bottom of the bucket without stirring.
- Now, sprinkle in the baking powder while quickly stirring the entire solution. You may feel the solution thicken after a few stirs!
- Once all the baking powder on top has been mixed in, you're ready to make some awesome bubbles.
- Don't forget to pray for gentle and steady wind, high humidity, and no bugs!
IMPORTANT NOTE: The amount of J-Lube you use may have to be adjusted. This recipe is based on full-potency J-Lube. The result will be a slightly stringy mix. The amount of J-Lube is about 8 times what we call the nominal minimum effective concentration (NMEC) of fresh J-Lube. If your mix is not "stringy" at all you may need to increase the amount by 2-4 times.
Smoke or fog-filled bubbles look amazing on this table and are really fun to make. You can use a fog machine or a nicotine-free vape to make the smoke. Nicotine-free vapes are around $15-20 for a one-time use disposable, or a little more for a rechargeable and refillable one. Or look for a fog machine that blows fog directly into the bubbles without having to spend any time in your lungs first.