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September 2014

Mary's Modern Homemaking

Forever Blowing Bubbles
By Mary Frances

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Photo courtesy of Microsoft Office Clip Art.


It's hard to believe that September is here already. The weather at my house near Seattle has been staying sunny, hot, and dry since July. Not that I am complaining; the hot weather has been nice.

I have thoroughly enjoyed sitting outside and listening to all the children at play. Instead of heading off to a lake, they seem to be excited about turning on the sprinkler and having fun out in their yards.

Blue skies, white clouds, and every now and then a big pretty bubble floats by. Aw! This really brings back childhood memories when my favorite outdoor activity was blowing those big bubbles.

Back then you could go to the store and buy a small bottle of liquid bubbles for about a dollar. That wasn't a lot, but could be costly if I wanted more!

So being the frugal gal she was, my mom figured out how to make bubbles from ingredients found in the kitchen. This way I could have them any time I wanted—or when she had time to mix up a batch.

However, it was up to me to figure out what to use to turn that silky liquid into the perfect bubble. So my imagination kicked in, and I started to reduce, reuse, and re-think!

The wire egg holder that came with my Easter egg dye kit became a bubble wand.

Remember those old-fashioned green plastic strawberry baskets? I discovered you could turn them into bubble machines. Tie a string around the top, creating a handle. Dip the basket into the liquid and whirl around in the wind to create thousands of tiny bubbles.

If you have ever shopped at a warehouse store, you know that juices come two or three to a pack and are held together with a plastic holder. After carefully removing it, you can use it to create a large double or triple bubble.


All sorts of shapes make fun bubbles.


Look around you: almost anything can be used to create unique, big, beautiful bubbles. Fill the summer sky!

Mom's Recipe for Bubbles

1/2 cup cold water
4 tablespoons liquid hand-washing or dish soap
2–4 tablespoons corn syrup or glycerin

Gently mix together. The corn syrup or glycerin is used to make the bubbles stronger and less likely to pop.


Mary Frances lives in Ravensdale, Washington, and loves finding healthy ways to keep her castle clean. She believes that what we clean with can be just as important to our health as what we eat. When she's not cleaning, Mary Frances battles the blackberry vines in her yard. Also enjoy Mary Frances's blog, All American Gal.


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