Note: I am not a doctor, herbalist, aromatherapist or chemist. I am just an everyday mom trying to figure out how to live naturally. This recipe is one that works for myself and my family. Please consult your doctor before using any diy recipe or essential oils to confirm that they are safe for you. This holds especially important if you are currently pregnant.
Homemade Bubble Bath Doesn’t Exist
While homemade bubble bath sounds wonderful in theory, the fact is, making a DIY natural bubble bath just isn’t that easy! In fact, an easy, homemade bubble bath just doesn’t exist- sorry!
Why Eliminate Traditional Bubble Bath
Like many products, a bubble bath contains harmful, seemingly unnecessary ingredients.
When checking bubble bath into the EWG app, most brands were coming back as high risk. Even “natural” brands. This is because so many companies add fragrance” to their products.
The fragrance comes with a host of health risks as fragrance can be anything.
Companies don’t have to declare what ingredients their formulas are made of. This is by far not something I am comfortable with having my daughters soak in.
Is it safe to use dish soap as a bubble bath?
For a traditional bubble bath, you need a foaming agent. So, yes dish soap can be used. However, it needs to be mixed with something to make the bubbles last.
Likewise, you’d want to use more natural dish soap if it’s going to be used on your skin. And some natural brands may not work as well as the traditional ones.
Can I Use Body Wash As Bubble Bath?
Body wash doesn’t tend to work as well for a bubble bath.
This is because most body washes are made to create a lather and not actual bubbles. Again, if mixed with something else it may. However, it also may get pricy if you’re purchasing natural brands of body wash.
Why Is Homemade Bubble Bath Ineffective?
All of the DIY bubble bath recipes I tried failed for one of the following reasons:
- No bubbles appeared once poured
- The bubbles were too small (more like foam)
- The bubbles dissipated within moments
You can read more below about the specific issues with the two most common recipes.
Homemade Bubble Bath With Egg Whites
To be honest, this particular recipe freaked me out the first time I read it. I mean, who wants to bathe with egg whites? Umm yuck. But the internet world assured me that it would work splendidly. The recipe is pretty much just:
- Egg whites
- Castille soap
Egg whites are what was supposed to help the bubbles to be larger and not disappear too quickly.
The internet was wrong.
And on top of it just not working was the fact that it was just gross.
This recipe did produce bubbles for a brief period of time. And then it produced slimy chunks. It turned the water white and somewhat sticky.
So basically, my daughter bathed in the egg whites for the next twenty minutes which left her hair the next day sticky and weird.
It was lovely.
Okay it wasn’t, honestly it was just gross and I’ll never forget the creepy feeling of the bath water.
The Glycerin Recipe
So after the disaster that was the egg white “bubble” bath, I obviously switched gears towards the glycerin approach. This recipe goes something like this:
- Castille soap
- Vegetable glycerin
- Essential oils
The glycerin should keep the bubbles intact.
This recipe wasn’t as horrific as the last one but it still sucked.
It does produce some bubble when you pour it in (though you need to use about a cup of mixture!) but the bubbles last less than two minutes. After which the water turned a gorgeous diluted milk color.
Ever the optimist, I tried the glycerine style recipe again. I tweaked the ratios, added almond oil, and tried literally everything I could think of.
It. All. Sucked.
What To Use Instead
In my opinion, if you really want to make a homemade, natural bubble bath you’d need to use surfactants. Similar to a homemade shampoo bar.
Even then I think that it would be a tricky combination.
Likewise, soaking in surfactants could also pose problems like drying out the skin which would defeat the purpose.
This means that from a cost-effective, easy, and sanity-preserving perspective, it may be best to purchase a natural bubble bath. Below are a few I’ve tried that seems to work alright. All of them rate low on the EWG app as well.
- Clean Kids Naturally Wild Bubble Bath
- Attitude Bubble Bath (Anything from the attitude brand will be approved)
- Carina organics Bubble bath
Need more natural products? Check out the full list of safe products I use.
Don’t forget to pin this homemade bubble bath fail!
While I love making homemade products for my family. I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always possible or practical. Thus, bubble bath is one of those things that are better off purchased.
After all, no toddler should have to go without a foam fun bubble bath at the end of the day!