How to Make Bubble Bath With Dish Soap

by Alicia Bodine

Many children get to the age where they don't like taking baths. Parents can make the bath more fun by adding bubbles. Often times, store-bought bubbles just don't make enough bubbles, and the bubbles they do make don't tend to last. It is much easier, and less expensive, to make bubble bath using dish detergent and a few other ingredients commonly found in your home.

Items you will need

  • 1/2 cup liquid dish detergent
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 5 drops glycerin
  • 5 drops food coloring
  • 5 drops vanilla fragrance oil
  • Plastic container
  • Sticky label
  • Permanent marker
Step 1

Combine liquid dish detergent, Epsom salt, and glycerin in a plastic container and stir.

Step 2

Add the food coloring. If you are making a bubble bath for a boy, you would want to choose a color like blue or red. If, however, the bubble bath is for a girl, you would want to use pink or purple.

Step 3

Mix in your vanilla fragrance oil and put the lid on the plastic container.

Step 4

Place a sticky label on the plastic container and use your marker to label it "Bubble Bath." Store it in the bathroom until you are ready to use it. When you use it, all you need is two tbsp. Add the two tbsp. to the running water and you will have plenty of bubbles.


  • If your kids don't like the smell of vanilla, use raspberry fragrance oil instead.

    Make several different colors or fragrances in separate plastic containers and allow your child to choose which one she wants at bath time.


  • If your child has sensitive skin, you may want to omit the fragrance oil. It can cause skin to become irritated and itchy.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.