26 March 2008

"Supercharge" bubble bath with a whisk

Jaimi's one sentence hack will keep tub-goers happy:

To maximize a bubble bath, or to revive sad looking suds, use a whisk -- you'll need to use much less soap.

Related: Lots of good bathtime hacks await in the Bathtime archive.

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I just want to advise caution with use of bubble bath for little girls: It can contribute to urinary tract infections by irritating the urethra.

More info: http://www.boystownpediatrics.org/HealthTips/urinary.asp

My wife recalls using a wisk this way when she was a kid. But when we've tried it with our kids, it made the bubbles go away. I guess it depends on the product you're using for the bubbles.

So far, the best bubble bath I've found is the one made by Melaleuca. It makes good bubbles, and it's non-irritating. It actually even moisturizes!

Mr. Bubble now makes a "free and clear" version that we use. . . much less likely to irritate.

My grandmother's old egg beater is a hit over here!

We use a silicone coated whisk to prevent the tub from being scratched. It works like a CHARM - almost lost the kid once in the suds!

Actually, Slate's in-house doctor did a great debunking of the whole "bubble baths causes UTIs" thing a couple years ago:

http://www.slate.com/id/2135155/#bubble

I was very pleased as my daughter loves them bubbles. Haven't tried a wisk yet, will do!

We'll have to try the whisk.

We have a couple of those nylon mesh things that hold soap (called bath puffs, maybe?), and hang one from the faucet. We put the bubble bath on it and run the water over it.

It seems to make more bubbles than pouring the bubble bath directly into the water.

Great idea!

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