If there’s one instant way to add some atmosphere to a party, it’s with a fog machine. These handy little devices are great for birthdays, Halloween, dances, discos and more, and once you’ve got one there’s no end to how you can use it.
Although owning a fog machine is great, what about the fog fluid to make it work? After a time, this can be a costly expense and one that can take time to order in, but it doesn’t have to so much of a challenge when you know how to make your own fog juice.
Making your own fog machine liquid is incredibly easy and for most people, you’ll have the ingredients laying around your home. However, as with a DIY project there’s a bit you’ll need to know first and some safety precautions to be aware of, so do your research before you proceed.
Fogging machine liquid is essential if you own one of these devices, but people often overlook this key ingredient when they have one. It is possible to purchase fog juice online or at some party supply stores, but the cost for this is quite high when you consider how much use you’ll get out of it.
Thankfully, making your own fog juice at home is incredibly easy and works out to be a lot more affordable than purchasing it. The other bonus is that you’ll always have enough on hand and there’ll be no risk of it running out in the middle of your event now that you know how to quickly whip up some more.
The way that a fog machine works is with a heating element and a fan that helps to blow the heat from the mixture into the crowd. The recipe for this liquid is easy to create and won’t cost much at all, so it’s a handy DIY project to learn if you’re lucky enough to own a fog machine for yourself.
Making your own fog juice only requires a few ingredients and doesn’t take long at all. Once you’ve made your first batch and seen how easy it can be and what areas might require extra attention, you’ll be able to recite the recipe without even looking at it.
To get started, round up your ingredients and have them all handy to create your fog juice. For this DIY project, you’ll need:
The first step is to get all of your liquids together and mix them up. You’ll need to make sure the proportions are correct for this recipe and with this in mind, you can adjust how much you need in case you ever want to make more. Aim for a 15 to 35 percent glycerin mixture.
The more glycerin in the mixture the thicker the fog will be. However, don’t pour any more than 35 percent in as you’ll get no fog at all if you use too much.
Ensure you have bottled distilled water if you don’t want to make your own. This is important as it’s free from impurities and minerals that can interfere with the fog machine. Measure out two cups of distilled water and pour it into your clean plastic bottle. Don’t leave anything left behind in the plastic bottle or it may impact the fog juice.
Pour out ½ cup of glycerine into the plastic cup. This amount, when mixed with water, will give you around 25 percent. You can reduce it somewhat for a light fog or add a little more for fog that is dense.
Shaking the fog just right is key to having the solution mixed together. Ensure you place the cap on the bottle before you start shaking, and then shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Look inside the plastic bottle and you’ll see that it’s now a cloudy mixture.
Test out your fog mixture in the machine and see if any adjustments need to be made. Fog that is too light can have more glycerin added and if it’s too thick you can add some more distilled water.
Although it seems fun to make your own fog juice, there are some things you need to keep in mind. The most important is that you are mixing liquids together which can be harmful, so always keep the solution stored away from children. Don’t keep it for too long and try to discard any fog juice that you don’t end up using.
Before you attempt to use your own DIY fog juice in your machine, check the manufacturer's warranty. In most cases, professional fog machines will have a stipulation that voids their warranty if you use any other fog juice than one that’s been certified.
Although the fog that emerges from a smoke machine may look dangerous, it’s just vapor and not actually smoke. Eventually, the water will disperse into the room and evaporate so it can’t do any harm. Just keep everyone away from direct contact with it and you’ll be fine.
Fog machines have the ability to transform a space into something full of atmosphere and mystery, and they’re a great addition to any party. Making your own fog juice can be a great DIY project as long as you’re aware of the risks.
Always check the warranty on your device and follow the instructions when making your own just so that you can continue to use your fog machine safely.