diy soap dough!

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect homemade play-do for a while. So far, I’ve been unimpressed. Yesterday while making something completely different I discovered the perfect dough! The best part about it is it will work as regular play-do OR you can bring it into the bath with you (or your kids can, whatever floats your boat) and use it as a play soap.

Finished Dough

I was working at a craft show Saturday and happened upon a booth selling some soap dough. I bought some, despite it being around $5 for a small jar. I figured The Bug would have fun with it! And she did. A lot of fun. So I got to pondering and figured, with a bit of experimentation, I could make some myself. And then after a bit of internet browsing, I realized I wasn’t the only one trying to figure this stuff out. So I noted some recipes that others had used and went to work, altering as I went. Here’s what I used:

  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup liquid soap*
  • OPTIONAL 1 drop food colouring
  • OPTIONAL 15-20 drops essential oil

* I used an organic liquid Castile soap base for this. Others around the internet seemed to be using dish soap. This would usually have scent and colour built in.

Mix the corn starch and soap together. If you find it runny, add more starch. If you find it stiff, add more soap. Little bits at a time. Once its pretty much in dough form, I used my hands to work it in really well. I won’t lie…it was fun! If you’re using colouring and essential oils, mix these into your soap before you add it to the starch. It just makes things easier on everyone.

Squish Squish Squish


A really great part about this recipe is that it costs literally pennies to make. Or something like that. I didn’t actually add it up. But it’s super cheap. And super easy.


xo Amanda



5 thoughts on “diy soap dough!

  1. Man you’re a clever girl! Thanks for this Amanda, I’ll be trying this one once Henry stops putting everything in his mouth! I’m sure Lyddy will love it too once she comes of age! Woohoo!

  2. I made this last night, found you via Pinterest, and I really enjoyed it and we will definitely be making it again. Thank you so much! I used food coloring, store-brand no-more-tears baby shampoo, and cornstarch. I think next time I will try with a delicious smelling shampoo like herbal essences or Suave strawberry.

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