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Ivory Soap Experiment – Fluffy Homemade Bath Paint DIY

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We love trying new projects and are always exploring science experiments to see how they work!  We also love to add our twist to things, like with this ivory soap experiment.  After microwaving the ivory soap, we were able to turn it into fluffy homemade bath paint!!  Let me tell you what’s really cool about this.  You make this bath paint from soap.  So when your children think they are having a blast in the bathtub playing, they are really cleaning the shower for you.  That’s a parenting win right there!


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What is so cool about this ivory soap experiment?

Ivory soap has a high volume of air whipped into it, so when the soap is heated, it expands rapidly into a huge, fluffy cloud!  What’s even better, is the texture after you microwave the ivory soap.  It’s fluffy, but firm and mold able so it makes a great activity for sensory play.  You can also take the mixture and make your own DIY fluffy homemade bath paint!  To really understand the science behind this, head on over to Steve Spangler, as he does a great job at explaining this.


ivory soap experiment fluffy homemade bath paint diy


Also, it should be noted that this will only work with Ivory soap.  Other soaps don’t have as much air whipped into them and will cause the soap to burn if microwaved long enough.


ivory soap experiment fluffy homemade bath paint diy


How to Conduct the Ivory Soap Experiment

First, microwave the ivory soap for about 2 minutes.  It will take about 15 seconds before you see the soap begin to expand.  Watch as the soap continues to grow at a very rapid rate.  Remove from the microwave and let the mixture cool for a minute before touching.  Next, play with the mixture, mold it and discuss how the air whipped into the soap, causes it to expand as it does.


ivory soap experiment fluffy homemade bath paint diy


How to Make Fluffy Homemade Bath Paint

Find some plastic cups or tubs that you don’t mind making this paint in.  Divide the mixture into the different cups.


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Add enough water to each cup, that the fluffiness becomes more of a paste.  Add a little water at a time and stir.  You don’t want to add too much water or the paint won’t be very fluffy.  The consistency is completely up to what you prefer.  If it’s too fluffy, we have found it makes it hard to make any designs with.


ivory soap experiment fluffy homemade bath paint diy


Once you are happy with the consistency, add just a couple drops of food coloring to get your desired color.  We used regular food coloring and it did not dye the color of our shower at all.  If you are concerned about it dying your shower, you can purchase these bath dyes specifically made for coloring soaps and your own bath paint.


ivory soap experiment fluffy homemade bath paint diy


Now you are ready to have some fun and paint!  Grad a paint brush and get to decorating the shower!  When you are done, it rinses right off, leaving your shower cleaner than it was before.


ivory soap experiment fluffy homemade bath paint diy


Check out the video to watch a step by step tutorial and see the finished product of the bath paints!



We hope you guys love this ivory soap experiment and fluffy homemade bath paint as much as we do.  Have fun experimenting and don’t forget to check out out our science experiences for more family fun ideas to do at home.

ivory soap experiment fluffy homemade bath paint diy

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    R. Roy
    April 2, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    that’s really going to give the children good fun time. loved reading.

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    April 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Looks like something fun to do with your kids! I would have never guessed to do that with soap.

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    Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com
    April 2, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    What a cool idea! My niece would absolutely love this — I’ll have to make it with her! 🙂

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    Mary Jingjing Lopez
    April 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    so much fun little kids to enjoy helping doing chores such as cleaning while enjoying the lovely colors! This is a great idea and a fun way activity too!

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    Elizabeth O
    April 2, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    What a lovely and creative idea! Littles ones will surely love to make and play with this at bath time!

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    Kristy Bullard
    April 2, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    My kids would love making this and painting in the bath tub! They love science experiments and I love anything that is educational and keeps them entertained for a while!

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    Noelle Lynne
    April 3, 2018 at 1:08 am

    OMG talk about PERFECT craft and art project for my niece and nephew! I know that they would LOVE LOVE LOVE to play with this on the bathroom walls.

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    April 3, 2018 at 4:26 am

    oh my this looks like so much fun! I bet my little guy would like this

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    April 3, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Ummm this looks so fun. For one, I love the smell of Ivory soap. It smells like home to me. I definitely want to try to make this with my kids.

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    April 3, 2018 at 8:30 am

    That looks like a lot of fun and really easy to make. I know my niece and nephews would like to do that and easy clean up.

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    April 3, 2018 at 11:11 am

    This sounds like a lot of fun! Very cool idea, if I had kids I would sure try this DIY with them! Thank you for sharing!

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    Czjai Reyes-Ocampo
    April 3, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    I would have never thought of doing something like this, but this is one cool experiment! My niece would practically want to live inside the bathroom if she were to play with bath paint. 🙂

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    April 3, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    this diy sounds like tons of fun! Soap and bath paint are so exciting!

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    April 3, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    That looks so fun! I will have to bring this up as a fun project for the nursery I work at!

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    Mary Burris
    April 3, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    This sounds like a really fun bathtime activity. Wouldn’t the food coloring stain the shower walls, though?

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      Kristi Ann
      April 4, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      It didn’t stain ours! In the post, I left a link for food coloring which is meant for bath products so those definitely won’t stain.

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    Holly @ Granola on the Side
    April 3, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    This is a great idea. I love this. I totally want to try it out too.

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    emma white
    April 3, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    oh wow I so need to try this with the kids I know they will have hours of fun anything that is messy goes down a huge hit here

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    April 3, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    This is an awesome activity for the kids! All my children will love this, and fight me less at bath time!

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    Geraline Batarra
    April 3, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    What a cute and fun idea. My kids would love this such an amazing activity. They will like this for sure.

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    Esse D
    April 4, 2018 at 3:50 am

    While the mom in me cringes at the clean-up efforts, I think this is a pretty cool idea. My son loves bath time and typically finds other ways to entertain himself (at my expense), so why not try this?

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    Shraddha Tripathi
    April 4, 2018 at 5:03 am

    There are many things i like about this article. First it is really awesome idea. Second it is a DO IT YOURSELF. Third it engage kids in doing things and they love this.

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    April 4, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Wow, this is great!!! And this girl is adorable!

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    April 4, 2018 at 10:20 am

    This is such a great idea. I love anything that helps my kids be more creative! Sometimes making a mess is the best. Thanks for sharing.

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    Gladys Parker
    April 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    How fun and awesome this bath paint is. My grandchildren would love it! I believe I have a couple bars to and they are off for Spring break so each will be spending 2 nights. What a fun score for grandma!

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    Jennifer Prince
    April 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    She looks like she’s having a great time! And what easy cleanup for sure. It’s a fun project for kids!! Maybe adults, too. Ha! 🙂

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    Nicole Caudle
    April 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    THis looks like fun. My children would love to do something like this!

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    Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen (@BobbisKozyKtchn)
    April 4, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Sounds like fun. My daughter would love this . She likes to do different kinds of experiments. Ivory soap smells so good. My mom used to decorate Christmas tree with ivory snow flakes. It is a treasured memory now that brings a smile each time I think of it.

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    Caitlin + Dani
    April 5, 2018 at 12:43 am

    What a fun idea. We love this experiment with the kids.

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    April 5, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I LOVE this! Such fun and creativity 🙂 xx

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    Kim B Smith
    April 5, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Love your family DIY projects. I am a kid at heart and want to do this! 🙂

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    Evelyn, PathofPresence.com 🦋
    April 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    What? You had me at cleaning ☺️ This is such a cool idea to have fun and be productive be at the same time. Brilliant!! And THANK YOU💗👍🏼☺️

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    April 5, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I’m totally checking my linen closet for ivory soap

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    April 5, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    FUNNNN! I totally want to make some now with my kiddos! Love this!

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    April 5, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    This looks so fun to make and play with! This would be a fun activity to use for outside water play as well!

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    April 5, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    This looks super fun – I will have to try this little experiment with my nephews!

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    April 5, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Loving the pretty colors (too bad they have to be temporary!)

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    April 5, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Your daughter is sooo cute. And that soap recipe looks like so much fun I think I will suggest it to my sisters when we get together next. I love the ingredients too.

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    Candi Randolph
    April 5, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Looks like great fun for the kids! They can be messy and it’s really cleaning the shower!

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    April 5, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    What a fun way to have kids clean your shower 😊

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    April 6, 2018 at 3:17 am

    I read this yesterday. I can’ t wait to try it with my stepson and nephews. What great fun!

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    April 6, 2018 at 4:15 am

    This looks like so much fun, I had no idea that Ivory soap did that! And you have a clean shower now!

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    Laura Belle
    April 6, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    This is cool. We used to do this with shaving cream, but I bet soap would have a lot fewer chemicals to worry about.

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    April 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    That looks like so much fun!

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    April 6, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    This is such a good idea! Kids love this type of play, and it can make a regular weekend super special.

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    April 7, 2018 at 4:50 am

    That looks like fun! My daughter would love that. She is into using a LOT of soap right now.

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    April 7, 2018 at 7:37 am

    This looks like so much fun! I’m sure my daughter would love this.

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    Paul Albert
    April 7, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    What a great, fun idea and I love how the children are cleaning the bath and titles unknowingly for you. As you said, parenting win!

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    April 19, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    this is absolutely what i was looking for thankyou for this amazing article hope to see more in future.

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    April 19, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    What a fun and inventive idea! What I totally love that it doubles as a cleaning activity too. LOL!

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