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Why Avoid Store-Bought Bubble Bath Products? The Truth

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Did you know you could make your own DIY bubble bath solution at home? We'll outline why bubble bath solutions can be hazardous and how making your own is not only cheaper but better for you, your family, and the environment.

Why Avoid Store-Bought Bubble Bath?

Be mindful of the fact that store-bought bubble bath is packed with substances which can affect your health.
Be mindful of the fact that store-bought bubble bath is packed with substances which can affect your health.
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Despite the often cheerful packaging and the fact that we associate a bubble bath with luxury and indulgence, store-bought bubble bath solutions have been found to contain toxic substances, according to the FDA. Not only are these harmful to humans and animals, but they also contribute to water pollution, damaging the environment as well. 

To make things worse, most bubble bath brands are packaged in disposable plastic containers that are not always recyclable. Worse still, some brands still employ animal testing during the development phase. If you do choose to buy bubble bath solution, always check to make sure that it is certified as cruelty-free. 

The difference between soap and detergent is significant. While soap can be manufactured using all-natural ingredients, detergents, on the other hand, are a cocktail of artificial, factory-produced chemicals, which you definitely do not want to expose yourself to.

According to Healthline, bubble baths, which are heavily fragranced, have the greatest potential to cause skin irritation, allergic skin reactions, and headaches. In the U.S. their packaging sometimes displays a health warning, informing consumers that they run the risk of suffering from skin irritations and even urinary tract infections.

However, there is a natural alternative to all of this. DIY bubble bath is cheaper, can be stored in reusable dispensers at home, and can be formulated to be gentle on you and the ecosystem.

Keep the little ones entertained with these easy bubble solution recipes: 3 Bubble Solution Recipes: How to Make DIY Bubbles Without Glycerine

Make Your Own Natural Bubble Bath

DIY bubble bath is better for your wallet and your health.
DIY bubble bath is better for your wallet and your health.
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At the end of a busy day, soaking in a nice hot tub of bubbles is one of life’s simple pleasures, and with DIY bubble bath solution, there’s no need to choose between comfort and sustainability. Plus, you have the added advantage of knowing exactly what’s coming into contact with your skin.

The key to a good homemade bubble bath is to balance essential oils like peppermint, lavender, or eucalyptus with the right amount of bubbles, which are produced by Castile and coconut oil.

What You Need:

  • 4 cups of Water
  • 4 oz castile soap (which you can buy scented or unscented)
  • 3 oz of coconut oil 
  • Essential oil of your choice – lavender, eucalyptus & peppermint are firm favorites
  • Container for your solution (non-glass containers are best for near the bath)

Note: Always choose organic, all-natural ingredients for your bubble bath recipe whenever possible. You should be able to spot plenty of good options at your local supermarket or drugstore.


  1. Mix water with Castile and coconut oil.
  2. Add 5 drops of your chosen essential oil.
  3. Once ingredients are combined, shake well.
  4. Pour your bubble bath into the container – it normally has a shelf-life of 4 to 6 months.
  5. While filling your bathtub, add a couple of ounces of your DIY bubble bath solution and agitate the water in the process to create lots of bubbles.
  6. Take a deep breath and relax!

If you want to avoid bubble bath solution altogether, stick with plain old soap instead. Vegetable oil and glycerine soaps are widely available and are ideal since they foam up nicely and are made using skin-nourishing oils such as coconut, hemp, and olive. They are usually sold unscented and if they are scented,  you can choose one that uses only natural essential oils. Be sure to check the packaging for this information before purchase to make sure you are getting the best, all-natural soap the store has on offer.

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