DIY: Treat Yourself To Homemade Bubble Bath

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a day for showing the important people in your life how much you love them…and that includes yourself! Yesterday Brigette compiled a great list of ways to enjoy the day, and I’d like to add one more: take a bubble bath! It has been way too long since I’ve done just that, and I almost forgot how incredibly peaceful and relaxing it can be.  I love putting on some mellow tunes and relaxing in the tub with a good book and cup of tea.  I recently discovered that you can make your own bubble bath at home with just a few ingredients – get the recipe below!

diy bubble bath

What you need:

1 cup clear, unscented dish soap (try Seventh Generation or something similar)

2/3 cup liquid glycerin (you can find this at some drug stores or order it online)

1/4 cup water

2-3 drops essential oil (I used lavender)

* sprinkle of dried lavender (optional)

Alternative options: in the place of dish soap you could also use castile soap (which you can find at Trader Joe’s) or baby shampoo. I like the idea of using dish soap because you can buy a big jug of it, and a big bottle of vegetable glycerin, and you have the ingredients to make enough bubble bath to last for a very long time!

diy bubble bath

diy bubble bath

Add all ingredients into a container or mason jar and mix gently.

diy bubble bath

If you want, sprinkle a little bit of dried lavender in the bubble bath to add more fragrance and a decorative touch.

diy bubble bath

Bottle it up in a mason jar with a pretty painted lid, tie some baker’s twine around it, and you’ve got a great gift for your girlfriends. I want to make some more and use some homemade rosewater in it as well! Next time you take a bath simply add your desired amount of the homemade bubble bath to the water, relax and enjoy :).

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Photos by Julia.

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Morgan Beltz
8 years ago

I love bubblebaths! Thank you for the great post! peppermint oil is also a good essential oil to use cause it helps with soreness and relaxing muscles:)

8 years ago

I could use a nice relaxing bubble bath. Thanks for sharing!

8 years ago


8 years ago

Love this!

8 years ago

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8 years ago

can’t wait to try!!!


8 years ago

Well, I learned something today! This is really cool. It’s a cost efficient way to indulge whenever you feel like! Very nice, thanks!

8 years ago

Perfect! I recently made some homemade body scrub using vegetable glycerin & lavender. Now I can make bubble bath with my leftover ingredients. Thank you!

8 years ago

Thanks for keeping this healthy and eco :-)

8 years ago

This is great! I always grab a ton of lavender from my mother’s garden and I’ll sprinkle some in the bath for fragrance, but having a bubble bath is way better! For bath products I prefer not to use the canning jars though because the water on metal tends to cause some issues. The glass Libbey jars are really useful.

Libbey 4-1/2-Ounce Spice Jar with Lid, Set of 12

8 years ago

I love this! I’ve included it in a Mother’s Day round up today on Thanks so much for sharing!

8 years ago

glycerin can irritate your body and are laxatives I was just wondering if this bubble bath has any uh, negative effects?

8 years ago

dish soap actuall really dries out your skin

8 years ago

This diy is cute and creative.

8 years ago

I’ve been studying bath products and I did have 2 main concerns about this. 1) your adding water (bacteria) and there’s no use of any preservatives to prevent them from breeding and taking over the jar. 2) Dish soap can be extremely drying unless you have extremely oily skin.

7 years ago

Just made some. It will make a nice gift in a pretty bottle. Thnx. Now I must try it myself!

7 years ago

Does the dish soap have to be clear and unscented? If not than you could always use the hand moisturizing dish soap so it doesn’t dry out your skin. I don’t know, I’ll have to try it. Thanks for the idea!

7 years ago

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6 years ago

I made this to your exact specs and was very disappointed. I didn’t have any bubbles, ever. I feel like I wasted my ingredients, which are not cheap. In fact, this would not save money, and I’m buying the jug of bubble bath at Walmart today that I always buy.

Krisy Goodwin
6 years ago

Joy, I don’t know how you made yours, but mine was amazing, much better than what is bought in the shops, and still had heaps of bubbles in the bath after finished even after using soap in the bath which normally would dissipate the bubbles….I will be making this again.

6 years ago

What size mason jar did you use?

6 years ago

Joy probably used castile soap — one of the “alternative options” listed above that doesn’t work except in soft water.

4 years ago

Don’t think I would like to soak in dish soap for any amount of time.
It’s nice to DIY but sometimes we need to stop and understand what we are using. Dish soap is made to take grease off of dirty dishes. Human soap should be careful of the pH levels. Something fragile like your genitals would disagree with dish soap and could disturb your pH.
I would not advise anyone from using dish soap in their bath and think this idea should be removed from your blog.

3 years ago

I second Paula. Stop and think what you are doing. This should be moved from blog.