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How to make kneading soap for children

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How do you make kneading soap for children to create shapes with and decorate so washing and bathtime is fun. We have an easy recipe and tips for decorating and storing.

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Children often don’t like to wash their hands. With kneading soap it is really fun for the little ones. So here is a recipe for homemade laundry soap.

Playing with clay and tinkering is known to be great fun for children. The production of kneading soap has a hygienic advantage and is also an interesting gift idea. In addition, the preparation of washing dough is not only a nice activity for small hobbyists. The tinkering also inspires adults and sometimes ensures extremely high-quality creations. We’ll tell you here how you can easily make kneading soap yourself with your little ones.

What is kneading soap anyway?

Kneading soap can be easily made from just a few ingredients. The basic ingredients are actually found in every household, so that you have an artistic end result in just a few minutes. All you need is shower gel, some starch and a little cooking oil. When mixed together, these components result in a tough plasticine, from which you can then make different soap shapes or even soap sculptures. The design aspect is particularly important here. Because the kneading soap becomes more artistic in the end, the more creative you put it into the scene.

Good to know: The cornstarch in the kneading soap has a cleaning effect. In the household, starch is known as an excellent grease and dirt remover that can be used, among other things, to gently clean dishes, ovens or stovetops. For this purpose, some even make dishwashing detergents from starchy potato skins. And dirty hands quickly get clean thanks to cornstarch.

Basic recipe to make kneading soap

The basic recipe for kneading soap is not difficult to make. Basically, you can even work without dimensions and make the “soap dough” as you wish by mixing the components yourself. For better orientation, but here is a common recipe:


  • 100 ml cornstarch
  • 50 ml cooking oil
  • 50 ml shower gel

Step 1:

Put the shower gel, cooking oil and cornstarch in a bowl and stir together with a spoon.

2nd step:

As soon as the consistency is somewhat firmer, you can continue to knead the soap dough with your hands. If the mass is too dry, just add a little shower gel. If the soap batter is too liquid, some additional cornstarch will help.

3rd step:

As soon as the dough is ready, you can start kneading to your heart’s content or refine the dough in advance with a few interesting ingredients.

Tips to decorate

Tip 1 – color:

Especially if you want to give away the soap, it should be a little more unusual. A nice idea for this is, for example, to color the kneading soap with food coloring. It is advisable to add the color to the shower gel right at the beginning, as it can no longer be distributed so well in the finished dough. The colored kneading soaps can then also be used to produce multi-colored works of art.

Tip 2 – additives:

Soap additives such as glitter or herbs are also a nice idea. Herbal pieces (eg lavender) give off a wonderful skin peeling, while glittering soaps are particularly unlikely to delight children. Simply work the materials into the soap dough and look forward to the original result.

Tip 3 – Shapes:

If you do not want to model yourself when washing soap, we recommend small molds. These can be both cookie shapes and ice cube trays. This creates particularly elegant soap bars that are ideal for small gift ideas. To cut out cookies, simply roll out the soap dough with the rolling pin, just like real cookie dough, and then cut out the desired shapes.

If you like it more accurate, you can of course also use correct silicone soap molds for the shaping. These come in a wide variety of shapes, from small to large.

How to properly store kneading soap

If you ever have too much batter left in the manufacture of laundry soap, you don’t have to throw it away. An airtight container (e.g. a screw-top jar) or a food storage bag is enough to keep the raw dough or soap bars for a long time. Plastic bags in particular are also suitable as gift packaging for homemade soap . Tied with a beautiful gift ribbon, the soap gift is ready for delivery in no time.