This is a fun bath jelly soap recipe the kids love. It’s a wiggly soap that makes bath time more fun AND gets them clean in the process. Enjoy this recipe!
Jelly Soap: A DIY Recipe
Gather all ingredients and supplies before beginning. You’ll need:
- 1½ cups filtered water (find the best water filtration systems here)
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (a little less than 2 tablespoons)
- 1 cup natural liquid soap (learn to make your own)
- 5-10 drops essential oil (find pure essential oils here)
- 1-2 drops food coloring
- mica or glitter, optional (find mica here)
- silicone molds
Making Your Jelly Soap
First, get your molds set up, because this recipe can cool quickly and start to gel without you! Place molds on a cookie sheet so you can easily move them later.
Next, boil your water, add the gelatin, and stir thoroughly. Be sure it is completely dissolved before moving on to the next step.
Once it’s all dissolved, add the liquid soap. Stir well.
Once it’s all incorporated, add essential oil.
Add a drop or two of food coloring. (Using too much food coloring could stain skin and washcloths.)
Add optional glitter or mica for sparkle and shine.
Pour mixture into the molds and carefully move to the refrigerator. Bars should set up in about 30 minutes. Remove from molds and use. Store in a cool place in a sealed container. (These colored bars make a fun gift when packaged in a clear jar.)
Storing and Troubleshooting your Jelly Soap
If the jelly soap hits warm air it may melt, so try to keep it cool. I don’t refrigerate mine and it stays nice for quite a long time. Instead of making bars, you can also pour the mixture directly into a jar and scoop it out from there.
If the mixture gets too goopy, like egg whites, just heat it a bit and go back to work. It should only take a few minutes for the mixing once the gelatin is melted.
You can use any type of flexible mold, but silicone molds work the best when it’s time to remove the soap.
More Bath Time Recipes
Want more bath time recipes kids will love? Check out these fun DIY projects:
- Homemade Bathtub Crayons
- How to Make Bath Bomb Fizzies
- Homemade Bubble Bath Without All the Chemicals