We also love to add on our twist to things, like with this ivory soap experiment. After microwaving the soap, we turned it into fluffy homemade bath paint!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to make this at home, make sure you pin this ivory soap fluffy bath paint so you can find it later!
that’s really going to give the children good fun time. loved reading.
Looks like something fun to do with your kids! I would have never guessed to do that with soap.
What a cool idea! My niece would absolutely love this — I’ll have to make it with her! 🙂
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!
What a lovely and creative idea! Littles ones will surely love to make and play with this at bath time!
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!
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.
oh my this looks like so much fun! I bet my little guy would like this
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.
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.
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!
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. 🙂
this diy sounds like tons of fun! Soap and bath paint are so exciting!
That looks so fun! I will have to bring this up as a fun project for the nursery I work at!
This sounds like a really fun bathtime activity. Wouldn’t the food coloring stain the shower walls, though?
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.
This is a great idea. I love this. I totally want to try it out too.
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
This is an awesome activity for the kids! All my children will love this, and fight me less at bath time!
What a cute and fun idea. My kids would love this such an amazing activity. They will like this for sure.
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?
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.
Wow, this is great!!! And this girl is adorable!
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.
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!
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! 🙂
THis looks like fun. My children would love to do something like this!
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.
What a fun idea. We love this experiment with the kids.
I LOVE this! Such fun and creativity 🙂 xx
Love your family DIY projects. I am a kid at heart and want to do this! 🙂
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💗👍🏼☺️
I’m totally checking my linen closet for ivory soap
FUNNNN! I totally want to make some now with my kiddos! Love this!
This looks so fun to make and play with! This would be a fun activity to use for outside water play as well!
This looks super fun – I will have to try this little experiment with my nephews!
Loving the pretty colors (too bad they have to be temporary!)
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.
Looks like great fun for the kids! They can be messy and it’s really cleaning the shower!
What a fun way to have kids clean your shower 😊
I read this yesterday. I can’ t wait to try it with my stepson and nephews. What great fun!
This looks like so much fun, I had no idea that Ivory soap did that! And you have a clean shower now!
This is cool. We used to do this with shaving cream, but I bet soap would have a lot fewer chemicals to worry about.
That looks like so much fun!
This is such a good idea! Kids love this type of play, and it can make a regular weekend super special.
That looks like fun! My daughter would love that. She is into using a LOT of soap right now.
This looks like so much fun! I’m sure my daughter would love this.
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!
this is absolutely what i was looking for thankyou for this amazing article hope to see more in future.
What a fun and inventive idea! What I totally love that it doubles as a cleaning activity too. LOL!