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DIY Natural Soap Playdough: Fun, Creative, and Cleansing

Bring a touch of creativity and natural skincare into your home with this easy and fun DIY soap playdough recipe.

Welcome to our latest blog post where we dive into the world of natural cosmetics with a twist – today, we're making soap playdough! This delightful DIY project is perfect for those who love natural cosmetics and are looking for a creative way to engage with skincare products.

Why Soap Playdough?

Soap playdough isn't just a fun activity; it’s a unique way to explore the versatility of natural skincare products. It's perfect for older children who understand not to eat it, and it offers a sensory experience that's both educational and entertaining.

What You’ll Need

To make your soap playdough, you need a few simple ingredients that you might already have in your home:

  • Soap Flakes: 1 cup (You can create these from a bar of your favorite natural soap.)
  • Food Coloring: 1 drop (Choose a natural, non-toxic variety.)
  • Water: 2 teaspoons
  • Vegetable Oil: 2 teaspoons (This adds moisture and softness to the dough.)

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Mixing Ingredients:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the soap flakes with a drop of food coloring, water, and vegetable oil.

2. Kneading the Dough:

  • Start by mashing the mixture with a fork. As it starts to combine, use your fingers to knead it into a soft, sticky dough.

3. Resting Time:

  • Initially, the dough will be very sticky. Store it in a plastic container with a lid and let it rest for a day or two. This rest period allows the dough to reach the perfect consistency.

4. Play Time:

  • Once the dough is ready, it’s playtime! This activity is excellent for sensory play and exploring creativity.

Creative Ideas

  • Soap Sculptures: Encourage children to make figures and shapes. This can be a great way to discuss natural ingredients and the importance of clean skincare.
  • Color Exploration: Experiment with mixing food colors to create unique shades. It’s a fun way to learn about color theory.

Safety and Storage

  • Child Safety: Ensure that this activity is supervised, especially around young children who might be tempted to taste the playdough.
  • Storage: Keep the dough in an airtight container. It can last for two weeks, possibly longer.

Smoothness Tip

  • If your dough comes out speckled, try blending the soap flakes first for a smoother consistency.

The Best Part: Cleanup

One of the best aspects of soap playdough is the cleanup – it’s practically self-cleaning! After playing, kids will have clean hands without the need for additional soap, making this a fun and practical way to teach hygiene.


This natural soap playdough activity is a perfect blend of fun and practicality, bringing the natural world of skincare into your home in a playful way. It's a wonderful opportunity to engage with your children about the importance of natural ingredients and cleanliness in a hands-on, memorable manner.

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