Why do children hate cleaning themselves so much? Showers, teeth brushing, hair combing — it’s like torture to little kids. I am constantly asking my kids, “Did you wash your hands?” “WITH soap?” And then they slink back into the bathroom to wash properly. Little buggers. I think I may have found a way to make hand washing less of a chore. These homemade jelly soaps are like washing with jello, all wiggly and wobbly. They are great fun and not hard at all to make.
HOMEMADE JELLY SOAPS
Supplies You Will Need to Make DIY Jelly Soap
To make jelly soap, you really only need two ingredients: liquid soap and gelatin. In addition to those ingredients you can add food coloring, scented oils, glitter, or even small toys. You can set the jelly soap in molds or in jars, both will work.
I chose to use scented soap and food coloring and a heart-shaped mold, but you can make different choices.
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- Unflavored gelatin
- Liquid soap
- Soap colorant
- Fragrance oils or essential oils
- Silicone mold
- Rubbing alcohol
- Mason jar, favor tins or other airtight container
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How to Make Jelly Soap at Home
Jelly Soap Instructions
- Add two packets of unflavored gelatin into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Pour in 3/4 cup of boiling water and whisk until the gelatin is dissolved.
- Add in 1/2 cup of liquid soap and stir to combine.
- Add in desired food or soap coloring and fragrance.
- If your mixing bowl does not have a pour spout, you may wish to transfer the soap mixture to a container with a spout to make pouring the soap into the mold easier.
- Carefully fill the cavities of the silicone mold with the soap mixture.
- If there are bubbles on the surface of the soap, spray them with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to pop them.
- Refrigerate the soap in the mold for at least two hours.
- Demold the jelly soaps and store them in an airtight container.
These little soaps are so fun. They have the same feel as jello jigglers in your hand. DO NOT eat them. I feel like I have been saying that a lot this week.
Storing Jelly Soap
I think these little heart soaps would make fantastic classroom Valentine gifts. Package them up in little favor tins like these to keep them clean and fresh.
If you choose to create the jelly soap in a jar, you will end up with a jar full of jello-y soap. Just reach in a grab a chunk of jelly soap whenever you need to wash. NOTE: Jars of jelly soap may need more than two hours in the fridge to fully set up.
You don’t need to refrigerate these soaps unless your home is very warm, but I would recommend keeping the soaps you aren’t using in an airtight container. They get a little goopy when exposed to humidity.
Storing Jelly Soap
Yes, these are real, functional soaps! You can’t get much foam out of them, but it creates a decent amount of lather when you rub one between wet hands. I know my kids are going to love these! They should be able to get a few hand-washings out of each heart-shaped soap, and one or two showers out of the larger cube soaps.