Moms: Beware of Crayola’s new Colored Bubbles!

Bunches of my mom friends have been talking this week on Facebook about Crayola’s new Colored Bubbles, and do they actually wash away as advertised or will they stain your stuff?

I have not bought the bubbles to test them for myself because I am afraid after I read The Wall Street Journal’s review of them. I’ll admit reviewing colored bubbles is an odd topic for such a serious publication, but I am glad they wrote about it!

The WSJ reports it took nearly two decades of research to develop the bubbles but there seem to be some glitches.

From the WSJ:

“But now some angry parents may burst Crayola’s bubble. The problem: when the bubbles pop (or the solutions splash), they leave a neon-bright—and, parents complain, often permanent—mess. Despite the large type on the front of the bottles that says ‘Washable.’ ”

“The Sunset Orange bubble soap that dripped on the floor of Emily Vanek’s garage dried in dark red splotches resembling blood, the Denver mother says. The blue bubbles turned her two boys ‘into Smurfs.’ ”

Under the headline “The Worst Product I Ever Bought,” Springfield, Ill., blogger Catherine Davis, wrote: “Washable?…It practically requires scrubbing the top layer of your skin off to get the color out.”

The article goes on to say that it’s not just skin it adheres to: it’s walls, carpet, driveway, decks, grout and just about anything else.

Crayola says the product should wash off when used properly. (How do you improperly use bubbles?)

But then adds: “But consumers ought not to expect the new product “to perform like regular soapy bubbles,” says Leena Vadaketh, Crayola’s head of research and development. “

There are extensive warnings on the label according to the article. The warnings sound a lot like the ones on my at-home hair dye!

“Before use, test on an inconspicuous area and let dry. Wash off to make sure bubble solution does not stain.” The warning continues: “Do not use at weddings or indoors.” There’s more: “Keep away from brick, vinyl, finished and unfinished wood, wallpaper, painted walls, carpeting, draperies, and other materials that cannot be laundered.”

So this new product won’t be coming to my house any time soon and I just wanted to make sure every mother had fair warning from The Wall Street Journal.

Have you tried the Colored Bubbles? What was your experience like? Are you disturbed by the differences in the labeling and the commercial? Would you buy this product now?

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JJ

April 15th, 2011
8:00 am

I saw a commercial for these, and the “disclaimer” said – washable, but may take several washings.

Techmom

April 15th, 2011
8:26 am

@JJ I saw that too and my first comment was, “I’m glad they didn’t have those when my son was little.” Playdough is bad enough but at least it doesn’t stain. The concept sounds awesome I must say and what kid doesn’t want colored bubbles??!! But at the risk of staining everything it comes into contact wtih? Um no thanks.

Janice

April 15th, 2011
8:30 am

ok…..they’re bubbles, marketd as bubbles…why should one not expect it to perform like “traditional” bubbles.

this product was reviewed by 11alive’s “try it before you buy” the other day…..stained everything. kids loved it but mothers didn’t.

justmy2cents

April 15th, 2011
8:46 am

I think I will pass on these!

Lori

April 15th, 2011
8:49 am

Yeah, I didn’t need the article to explain this. I knew this was a bad idea the first time I saw the commercial. Washable!!!! Yeah, right! Just like the “washable” markers always come out of clothing too. NOT!

Belle

April 15th, 2011
8:54 am

I’ve been very pleased with most of the washable crayons and markers from Crayola. I’ve never had a problem getting the color out.
Now I did get these bubbles several weeks ago…luckily I used them outside! I had the pink, and the color gets on everything. The flap inside the bottle caused the solution to spatter all over your hands and clothes just to pull the wand out. After only a few times I threw the whole bottle away. My driveway looked like a murder had taken place with all the red splotches. It was worth a shot but not one of their better ideas!

ABC

April 15th, 2011
9:30 am

Really, is this the kind of topic that keeps you up at night? Sorry, but the original post by TWG seems very sensational for what it is.

JOD

April 15th, 2011
11:08 am

I can’t wait for some perp to tell the police…’Uh, no, officer…no murder here. My kids were playing with those colored bubbles…’

No way, Jose. We’ll stick to regular bubbles here.

@justmy2cents – I saw your post for the daytime soap blog…laughed so hard I spilled my water! ‘Flying rodent copulation’!!! Thanks for the laugh :o)

Jeff

April 15th, 2011
11:59 am

Jj, were you making me an offer the other day?!

jarvis

April 15th, 2011
12:07 pm

I’m holding out for square ones.

Really?

April 15th, 2011
12:31 pm

Jeff – OK….sure. But my guess is you are quite a bit younger than I am……

Jeff

April 15th, 2011
12:58 pm

Lol. I’ll be 41 in may. But I am partial to older women!!!! I don’t have the patience for younger women to figure out what they want. I’ll send TWG my full name if you want to look me up on Facebook.

JJ

April 15th, 2011
1:06 pm

Jeff – my birthday is in May too….TWG should have my email…..I look forward to it!!!

JJ

April 15th, 2011
1:06 pm

Oops I was using the wrong “name” from another blog when I replied….

DagnyT

April 15th, 2011
1:54 pm

Another teacher brought the product to Sunday school last weekend. We had toddlers with colored stained hands going home with unhappy parents. I vote No. Please don’t put this in your child’s Easter Basket.

Jeff

April 15th, 2011
2:14 pm

BTW, divorced, white, father of one (that I’m aware of!). That joke kills in person.

Jim

April 15th, 2011
2:14 pm

So disappointed to hear about the staining. When I saw the ad, the kid in me thought: “WOW…that is cool.” I was actually going to buy some and say it was for my little cousins. Now I guess I will have to get by with ZILLION bubbles and MONSTER bubble by WHAM-O! Jarvis, that is pretty hilarious about square bubbles.

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JJ

April 15th, 2011
2:29 pm

Momania Personals – White single mom seeking white single man…LOL….I have one child, and I’m pretty sure it’s mine…..:))

Kat

April 15th, 2011
2:39 pm

OMG – if a love connection is made here on the Momania blog, it will be the best thing ever!

Kat

April 15th, 2011
2:40 pm

Sorry that was off-topic – it was more interesting than bubbles. But, thanks for the heads-up, my kids LOVE to play with bubbles indoors. Not these!

Still can't get the stains out...

April 15th, 2011
2:49 pm

This was a complete disaster for our little 2 and 1/2 yr old. All we seemed to get was a red stained child and NO bubbles! And when Daddy tried to help…and actually PRODUCED a bubble…do you think we could tell it was red? Not a chance. News Flash – Bubbles are thin, soapy and translucent…how much color do you REALLY expect to see? My vote – Epic Fail!

April

April 15th, 2011
2:52 pm

I agree – much more interesting than bubbles!

justmy2cents

April 15th, 2011
3:05 pm

@ JOD, glad to provide you with a giggle….it’s just a nicer way to phrase what I REALLY wanted to say :o)

bessbear

April 15th, 2011
3:08 pm

As soon as I saw the commercial I imagined a lawsuit. Can you imagine someone bringing this to the park and it getting on someone else, then telling them it is washable. Uh, don’t think so. I expect those in the clearance rack right away, if not already pulled from the shelves. Dumb idea!

We have occasionally bought the Catch-A-Bubble or Grab-A-Bubble, or whatever it is called. These bubbles stay together longer so you can catch and hold them. Depending on the weather/humidity, they were really fun. Sometimes we would have hundreds of them stuck on the driveway for hours and you could them walk around stepping on them. We really liked them, but they did leave a little residue when they popped. It was okay at our house, but I would not let kids take them to public places since the bubbles could literally be stuck in someones hair for hours without them knowing. The residue washed off, but if it got onto window screens or anywhere that didn’t get wet from rain, the residue stays around. You could usually peel the popped bubble off your clothes or hair, and it also washed out easily. But again – not something to take out in public.

Jeff

April 15th, 2011
3:15 pm

JJ, that’s hysterical and the perfect response. If I thought I wouldnt get spammed, I’d give you my email and phone # on here. Just goes to show, you never know.

JJ

April 15th, 2011
3:19 pm

:)) Send an email to Theresa. I already did!!!!

lurker

April 15th, 2011
3:25 pm

WOW! A love connection – def better than the colored bubbles. T you may have to start a match making blog! LOL

Lori

April 15th, 2011
3:33 pm

What a nice way to end a long workweek…Ah, spring is in the air, love is blooming!!! :-)

Jeff

April 15th, 2011
3:34 pm

Lol. You guys are cute. That blog is on the other page. And, yes JJ, I already sent her an email. :):)

JJ

April 15th, 2011
3:42 pm

Have a great weekend everyone……Jeff I look forward to hearing from you…..

It’s been a long week, and I’m ready for a cocktail…..

Superman

April 15th, 2011
4:02 pm

JJ, I’m 35 and hung like a horse, give me a shot!

Saint Simons

April 15th, 2011
4:04 pm

What’s your story Lori, up for some fun as well? ;-)

djm_NC

April 15th, 2011
8:30 pm

@JJ-when is your birthday? mine is may 13th….
as for the colored bubbles—all i can say is damn i wish we had those back in the hippie days…imagine a bunch of nekkid people having fun with colored bubbles lol

kris

April 16th, 2011
10:28 am

maybe “pressure” washable

catlady

April 16th, 2011
10:51 am

I knew this sounded too cool to be true!

frank

April 16th, 2011
4:48 pm

How can you review something you haven’t even tried? Spend the $3 and write a real review.

karma

April 16th, 2011
7:26 pm

because she just googled/cut and pasted like she does every day (from Arizona?)

“bunches of my mom friends”, Really? who talks like that?

Research helps

April 18th, 2011
3:48 pm

For starters…(skip to second paragraph if you have not read the other comments)…Jeff and JJ get a private chat room. Nobody wants to hear about how desperate you are on a comment section for bubbles…seriously how would your first face to face conversation go…I remember the first comment I left for you in the comment section for those life-threating/stain-causing bubbles, thanks goodness we saved the rest of the population!?!?! Get a life.
As for the rest, thanks for your input on how much these bubbles stain. I researched how to make your own colored bubbles. A quick read is here http://lifehacker.com/#!5318069/make-your-own-stainless-colored-bubbles Has anyone tried using club soda to remove the color? I checked the label on the Crayola bubbles but didn’t see anything regarding Phenolphthalein (red color) or Thymolphthalein (blue color) in the ingredients so I’m not sure if club soda would actually remove the color.