This homemade bubble bath recipe is made without chemical soaps and sudsing agents. It is sudsy, simple to make, and requires just a few simple ingredients.
Bubble Baths Are the Best!
Bubble baths are one trademark of a happy childhood. As a child, I spent many pleasant afternoons making beards and hats out of white bubbles during my baths, or running the jets in my grandparents’ Jacuzzi tub to make a capful of Mr. Bubble grow into mountainous white globs of foam.
Commercial Bubble Bath Ingredients
Of course, as an adult, I realize that bubble baths aren’t as great as they once were. They were fun, yes, but probably not so good for my skin. Most bubble baths available in the supermarket contain synthetic dyes and fragrances and sodium lauryl sulfate, all of which can irritate the skin, eyes, and even the urethra. If you’ve suffered chronic urinary tract infections, you’ve probably already been advised to cut out bubble baths completely.
In spite of all the fun bubble baths I took as a child, I realized pretty quickly as a parent that I couldn’t give my kids a lot of bubble baths. They have somewhat sensitive skin as it is, so adding an extra irritant to bath time isn’t a good choice for us. (That’s not to say they’ve never had bubble baths – they have, a few times after I left them briefly unattended and they poured shampoo into the jetted tub.)
Simple Ingredients in Homemade Bubble Baths
I was excited when I realized that I could make homemade bubble bath myself, and even more excited when I realized that it has just a few simple ingredients and couldn’t possibly be easier to make. It isn’t exactly like my old favorite stuff, but it’s pretty good, and my kids love it.
Homemade Bubble Bath Recipe
I was serious when I told you that this is easy. Honestly, the hardest part for me was finding vegetable glycerin, and that was only hard because I realized at the store that I didn't actually know how to pronounce it, and I wasn't keen to ask the sales associate where it was. (Side note: it's gliss-er-in. You probably already knew that. The sales associate certainly did.) It was also kind of hard to choose which scent of castile soap to go with. I decided on almond, but keep in mind that if you have very sensitive skin, you should probably buy unscented or even the "baby mild" kind.
Once you've gathered the homemade bubble bath ingredients, all you have to do is pour and mix them together. The water and castile soap will mix well, but the glycerin may settle at the bottom of your container. That's normal!
To use your homemade bubble bath, first give your jar a gentle shake, just enough to mix in the glycerin. (Don't over-shake - it'll get foamy and too bubbly.) When it looks less separated, simply pour an eighth of a cup of the liquid bubble bath into warm, running bath water. If you find that's not enough, keep adding in small amounts until you've reached your desired bubble level.
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