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Can You Use Shampoo For A Bubble Bath?

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Last updated on August 14th, 2022 at 01:28 pm

While there are usually lots of ideas for shower-time, for me, none of them beats the bubble bath. It’s refreshing, and I love how it leaves me feeling very clean and refreshed, but there can’t be a bubble bath without bubbles.

And that’s where you have to figure out the perfect soap or body wash to give you those bubbles and make your bubble bath wonderful; if you use the wrong thing, you could end up very disappointed.

We all know that shampoo is great for washing hair but is it the same for making a bubble bath?

Shampoo and liquid soap usually have the same formulation except for a few differences in texture and scent, so the shampoo can be used as a bubble bath. If you normally use liquid soap or shower gel, you should know that they have similar formulations and use similar ingredients as shampoo. And both shampoo and shower gel or liquid soap lowers the surface tension of water, making the water form bubbles and Voila! Your bubble bath is ready. So you can swap out your liquid soap for shampoo any day.

Does Shampoo Make Bubbles?

Hair shampoo is expected to make bubbles, and the foam and bubbles generally make the hair feel clean, so most shampoos you find in the store make bubbles and foam a lot. So yeah, shampoo makes bubbles.

However, the soap used to clean hair does not make very good bubbles. That does not mean the soap is ineffective; it just means that even if the shampoo does not make bubbles, it can clean hair pretty well.

However, manufacturers often add a lot of foaming agents in the shampoos so they can make bubbles, so when you find shampoo on the shelf, it’s not the bubbles or the foam per se that is responsible for cleaning your hair; it’s just an addition of foaming agents on the part of the manufacturers to make the shampoo produce bubbles.

The fact remains that we all love that feeling of bubbles, suds, and foam in our hair and bodies. And knowing that the shampoo doesn’t need to make bubbles before it can clean our hair does not mean we don’t like seeing and feeling that creamy white foam coming out of our hair. And the feeling of bubbles makes us believe the hair is clean.

The market is now aware of how much bubbles mean to the consumers of shampoo, so they use a lot of chemicals to make these bubbles even though they’re all very unnecessary in the cleaners process. So if you buy one of the over 50 shampoos on supermarket shelves, you can be sure that it will have bubbles in it.

All shampoo manufacturers know about the pose of good bubbles and try to exploit the consumer instinct, so yeah. The shampoo does make bubbles; although some may foam more than others, each store-bought shampoo will bubble.

Although you should also know that if you purchase shampoo with little surfactants and synthetic foaming agents, then your shampoo may not produce as many bubbles or foam as much as the other shampoos with bucket loads of synthetic foaming agents, surfactants, and chemicals which in the long run is better for your hair.

So even if your shampoo is not making bubbles, that’s all good, especially if you can check the list of ingredients and see the manufacturers didn’t use a lot of foaming agents and chemicals.

How Do You Make A Bubble Bath With Shampoo?

After a long and hectic day, nothing beats the refreshing feeling of a warm or cold bath. When you enter the tub filled with those foamy bubbles and amazing scents, you feel refreshed and calm.

And while you can use liquid soap or bar soap for your bubble baths, you can also decide to use shampoo if you don’t have liquid soap or even as a personal preference. The question is, how can you make a bubble bath with shampoo.

Your shampoos can either be homemade, or you can get them from the store, but you should make sure it makes very good lather or foam.

Although you don’t need foam for your hair to be clean, when it comes to bubble baths, the shampoo should produce lather seeing as that is the whole point of a bubble bath. So you can check the foaming agents used to make the shampoo so you get one that will foam well.

Once you have that, you need some glycerin, coconut oil, and honey; although the honey is optional, it is very healthy for your skin. Here are some useful tips:

  • Normally you would mix the coconut oil, glycerin, and honey in liquid soap or shower gel, but this time you’ll swap out the soap or gel for shampoo; any shampoo of your choice is fine as long as it doesn’t have adverse effects on the skin. So mix the ingredients.
  • Turn on the water in the bathroom. When the tub is filling up is the best time to add the mixture. ; as the water continues to rise, you should find the bubbles starting to form in the tub.

    And just like that, your shampoo bubble bath is ready. Trust me; having this bubble bath will give you a refreshed and relaxed feeling, and the rich natural ingredients are also good for your skin and health.

You can also use baby shampoo and your natural homemade shampoo for your bubble baths; if you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid shampoo with too many chemicals, likely to cause skin irritation.

Just make sure you check the ingredients used in making the shampoo to be on the safe side and avoid adverse reactions when you use the shampoo. Additionally, it would be a good idea to check the shampoo on a small patch of skin and wait for about 24-48 hours for any adverse skin reactions, allergies or irritation before filling up your bathtub.

If there isn’t any cause for concern or alarm, then you can go ahead and use the shampoo; if there is, you can consider trying something else.

Why Is My Shampoo Not Making Bubbles?

It could be frustrating when you get the shampoo from the store or make your shampoo at home. At the next available opportunity, you rush into the bathroom with your new shampoo, whip it up into your hair, only to discover that the shampoo is not making any bubbles.

That can be disappointing; I know that shampoo does not have to produce foam or lather to clean hair, but the lather makes everything so much better; we all love to feel those suds in our hands and hair. So it would be a little concerning that your shampoo is not making any bubbles; what could be the reason?

First of all, your shampoo may not be making bubbles because of the components. However, most manufacturers use foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate and other chemicals that make the shampoo produce lather;

some shampoos do not contain these components or chemicals in very large quantities, as such, the shampoo may not produce lather or bubbles as the case may be.

Besides, if you’re using homemade shampoo, it will most likely not make as many bubbles like the ones you can buy from the store because natural shampoos will most likely not contain the chemicals that make the shampoo lather.

Also, your shampoo may not produce lather because you haven’t used enough water; before you put the shampoo into your hair, make sure the hair is dripping wet. Don’t just put shampoo in dry hair; otherwise, the shampoo will not make bubbles. Water is very key to whether your shampoo will make bubbles or not.

So, if there is no lather, it would be more helpful to add water instead of using more products and don’t use very hot water to wash your hair; it damages hair and makes the shampoo produce less lather. With enough water, the shampoo will most likely lather and produce bubbles.

In addition, if there is a lot of dirt in the hair, there will be very little foam or even none when you apply it. Instead, the hair will produce sticky and dirty moisture. However, you can try applying shampoo twice or three times. As the hair gets cleaned, there will be more foam and lather in the hair.


The shampoo is generally used to wash hair, but you can do so if you want to use it as a bubble bath. Most of the ingredients used to make shampoo are not very different from those used in making liquid soaps, so the shampoo can also serve that purpose.

However, it is important to make sure that none of the ingredients will affect your skin adversely, and if you have sensitive skin, you should try to be extra cautious if you want to use shampoo for a bubble bath.

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