Mr. Bubble was invented by Harold Schafer and the Gold Seal Company in North Dakota, USA, in 1961. Gold Seal manufactured and distributed Mr. Bubble (and Snowy Bleach) until 1986 when it was sold to Airwick Industries, which was soon purchased by Reckitt & Colman. R&C sold the brand to J. W. Childs Assoc. as a part of their Personal Care Group, Inc. Ascendia Brands, Inc. purchased Mr. Bubble in 2005 from Playtex Products, which had acquired the Personal Care Group in 1997. In August 2008, Ascendia Brands, Inc. filed for bankruptcy.
Appearances in other media
- In the Family Guy episode "If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'", the Griffin family is being cursed with the plagues. This includes the tub water being blood, to which Stewie Griffin comments, "How positively delightful! It's as if someone stabbed Mr. Bubble!"
- In The Simpsons episode "My Sister, My Sitter", Lisa tells Bart that he can use Mr. Bubble to wash his hands and says "It's like giving your fingers a bubble bath."
- Eddie Murphy mentions it on his 1983 TV stand up show Eddie Murphy Delirious.
- It is also mentioned in the 1987 film Gold Through the Fire.
- It is conspicuously placed sticking out the top of a grocery sack as it is being carried in the house in the 1996 comedy film Ed starring Matt LeBlanc.
- Powder version can be seen in Everybody Loves Raymond, Season 3 Episode 17, while Frank is in the hot tub.
- Mr. Bubble makes a cameo behind the head of Navin Johnson (Steve Martin) during a bathroom scene in the movie The Jerk.
- Mr. Bubble can be seen behind the Dude (Jeff Bridges) in The Big Lebowski.
- Mr. Bubble is the subject of a segment in the season 9 episode of Robot Chicken "Why Is It Wet?"
- Source: Nielsen Data Total U.S. FMD 52 weeks ending December 25, 2010 (excluding Walmart data).
- Stempel, Jonathan (2000-08-05). "Mr. Bubble maker Ascendia Brands files bankruptcy". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-03-10.