Homemade Bath Crayons

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Soap crayons provide an outlet for kids to have fun taking a bath. They allow them to draw on the bath tub walls, bottom or even your bathroom mirror and it can be easily washed away. Soap crayons can be expensive if you buy them in a specialty shop and you don't always know what is in them. They may contain allergens, sulfates or harsh chemicals that may dry or irritate your little one's skin. You can make bath crayons at home cheaper and safer with a few simple steps.

Homemade Bath Crayons
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Things You'll Need

  • 1 Bar of white soap or 1 2-pound brick of melt and pour goat's milk soap
  • Grater
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave oven
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • Food coloring
  • Molds
Step 1

Grate 1 bar of white soap or a 2 pound brick of melt and pour goats milk soap into a microwave safe bowl. Make sure to use the finest setting on the grater because large clumps of soap may not melt well.

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Step 2

Add water to the mixture if you are using grated commercial soap. No water is needed if you are using melt and pour soap. Stir the water into the grated soap until it becomes saturated. If you are using a melt and pour soap, put your soap into the microwave for 30 second intervals until the soap is completely melted. Do not put grated commercial white soap into the microwave.

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Step 3

Add food coloring to the soap. You can add as little or as much as you like depending on how dark you want the color to show up when the crayon is used to draw with. Add more for a darker color and less for a lighter color. Stir it into the soap well so that the color is evenly distributed throughout the soap crayon mixture.

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Step 4

Press the soap crayon mixture into the molds if you are using grated soap. You should apply enough pressure to the soap so that no air bubbles are inside it. This could cause the soap to be mis-shaped. Allow the grated soap crayons to dry for one to two days. If you are using melt and pour soap, pour the hot soap into the molds and allow them to harden for one to two hours. Once your soap crayons are dry and hardened, gently tap them out of the mold.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Never allow children to grate or microwave the soap. Only an adult should perform these actions to prevent injury.

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