I hear myself say “Kids, wash your hands” probably 473 times a day. In a house with four boys, it is nearly impossible to keep the kids, much less the house, germ-free. If you don’t know what I am talking about, little boys attract more dirt, grime, and weird smells than a sanitation worker after a long day’s work in the sweltering heat. It’s simply the law of attraction or something like that… once I figure it out, I will let you know!
In an effort to make the torturous task for hand washing more enjoyable for our four boys, I decided to make some fancy and pretty-smelling soaps. At least they will look nice and smell great in the bathroom. This is how you make handcrafted soap the kids will LOVE to use!
(This post was originally published in February 2016. It was updated and republished in April 2020.)
These heart soaps were easy and quick to make, and I was able to use my favorite scent: lavender! These beauties took me less than 10 minutes to pour, 40 minutes to settle – and then I had handcrafted soap to last us a long time, and to decorate all of our bathrooms.
Supplies Needed to Make Handcrafted Soap:
Soap coloring (do NOT use food coloring, as it may stain!)
Step-by-step instructions of how to make soap:
I made four batches of handmade soap in order to get different colors.
- Break 1/4 of the package of goat’s milk soap into smaller pieces and place in a microwave-safe dish.
- Melt in microwave, start with 40 seconds and then add 10 seconds increments until it is completely melted.
- You can also melt it on the stove in a double boiler.
- Stir the liquified soap to get out any lumps
- Add a few drops of soap coloring until you have reached the desired hue.
- Have fun mixing the colors.
- Remember, do NOT use food coloring as it may stain!
- Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Remember that a little goes a long way.
- Pour into the silicone molds.
- These particular heart molds are very deep, so you don’t have to fill them completely.
- Allow the soap to settle for approximately 40 minutes.
- Pop them out of the molds once they are solid.
- Wash the mold, bowl and spoon in-between batches, so the colors don’t mix.
- Now the soaps are ready to use! Enjoy washing your hands… even the kids will think it’s fun!
These little handcrafted soaps also make great gifts in treat bags or as a hostess gift in a pretty dish. The ideas are endless – but hopefully, you will have cleaner hands roaming around the house!
The animal soap jellies are also super cute and would make great birthday party favors as well!
How about these cute bead bowls to hold the soaps?! SUCH a great way to get your kids engaged in hand-washing!
Now that we are talking hand washing… a good hand washing routine cuts down on the spread of PIN WORMS! If you don’t know what a pinworm is, or how to get rid of them: learn everything you never wanted to know about pinworms!!
Love this idea!! Soap Making is on my list of things to do this year…
I would love to try this. I’m really allergic to lavender, but I have lemon EO I could use instead. This is a great idea.
How many hearts do you get from one recipe
What EO could you use in the soap to help with keeping hands clean for the fight against pinworms? Would tea tree, eucalyptus or clove oil work? And what about using shea butter soap instead of goat milk soap?