Crayola’s colored bubbles may be fun, but not very washable

by Mark R

In the movie Knocked Up, two men are watching kids play with bubbles, and they are marveled. Paul Ruud shares with Seth Rogen that “I wish I loved anything as much as my kids love bubbles”.

I was watching my kids play with bubbles the other day, and realized that the technology for blowing bubbles has not really changed. I guess Crayola figured that transparent bubbles could be given a dash of color, and so they added their own touch. The results have been disastrous. The colored bubble product has sold several hundred thousand since its initial release in February, but many parents have been complaining.

Despite the fact that the product is stamped with the label “Washable”, this doesn’t mean it is easily washable. One user had Sunset Orange bubble soap that dripped on the floor of her garage, and it dried up red like blood. The blue color “turn her two boys into Smurfs”. Another blogger says that it requires “scrubbing the top layer of the skin to get the color out”.

To be fair, Crayola does include a warning to not use at weddings or indoors, as well as “other materials that cannot be laundered”. So I guess that colored bubbles have a place: outside in an area that you don’t care about getting dirty, and make sure your kids are playing in smocks.


12 reviews or comments

janice Says: April 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

i bought these for my grandaughter, i thought she would love them but they are very messey they are not drop proof and were all over the bottle. and they did not wash out of her shoes and i tried to clean them right away!

Tina Says: April 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Just awful got for birthday party they were so messey, had to use lots of stain spray to get out of clothes. Kids hands are still colored from the dripping. Stick with the old fashion bubbles.

Rich Borgioli Says: April 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

We bought the “washable” blue colored bubbles for our granddaughter as an Easter present, and spent several hours on Easter day, scrubbing her and our rugs to remove this “washable” product. We had to scrub carpet cleaner into the stains left by the bubbles as well as from spillage from the bubble launcher. It was a mess. We even had difficulty getting it washed off of our cement patio. So indoors or out this product is bad news. Maybe the product should come with an added warning, limiting its use to outdoors use on a grass surface only.

Jennifer Says: April 25, 2011 at 5:15 am

Bought these for my godson for Easter. Made the mistake of putting the bubble gun together inside the house, where the blue bubble solution dripped everywhere, including his on little white dress shirt. Plus, if the bubbles land on you, it leaves a spot. It all washed off of our hands and I soaked his shirt, which doesn’t have a trace of blue on it, but my CARPET is still blue. After an hour of trying everything I could think of to get it out, I gave up. Even used the rug scrubber – no luck.

Wendi Says: April 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm

My boys got these bubbles for Easter. My dog went out to play bubbles with them and came in covered in different colors. I can’ get the color off my dog!

Rosemary Says: May 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

My kids got the bubbles for Easter i am so glad i put them in old clothes my 1yr old look like a blue smurf and so did my girls. it stand the pouch and the grass until it was mowed. they need to take it off the shelves, until they tone it down. so we are just sticking with the old fashion bubbles.

Rhonda Says: May 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I recently bought the bubbles for bubble day fat my kids’ school. I am glad we gave the bubbles a test run before sending them to school. We really enjoyed the bubbles; it was just too messy to send to school. While using the launcer, there was a constant stream of bubble solution that ran down the front of the bottle and dripped on my kids’ shoes. I couldn’t find the no spill bottle because it was sold out at every store I looked. I didn’t have any problems washing the solution out of our clothes or off of our bodies. Some even got on my car and it washed away as well. There aren’t any traces of it on my driveway or lawn. I honestly will buy this product again (if I can find it).

Jaime Says: May 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

My daughter saw the commercial, and was just itching to try them, since we love to blow bubbles, and we own a bubble machine too. She says ‘mom, they are eve washable’ as this will sell me. So after much looking, Walmart, Toys R Us, we finally found them at Canadian tire. We initially tried to blow them with just the wand, they would not blow out of the wand :o( But when put in our bubble blower, they finally started taking form, and there was no color to be seen(this was the sunset orange), and did they ever leave a messy residue on the bubble machine. There was nothing on the package saying not to use it in the bubble machine, so I am assuming it should work. I did not bother trying the ‘screamin’ green, yet. I am sure the kids will want to though. One great thing for us, the color came off everything , soap and warm water and it worked fine. I will not buy them again though, too much mess :OP

Ron Says: September 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I bought some of the Zubbles brand colored bubbles and did not have any of these problems. They were a little pricy & can only be ordered from their web-site, but were great CLEAN fun.

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