Soap making — so easy the kids can do it (with a little help from you). Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make your own homemade soap.
Kids’ education comes from all sorts of different activities and here we show you how to make soap with your kids. This will teach them to follow a set of instructions, teach them about herbs and teach them that you don’t have to buy everything readymade from the shops!
Let’s face it, every woman loves to have extra ‘smellies’ in her cupboard — so what better way to treat the ladies in our lives, and keep the kids busy at the same time, than with a simple, fun and creative herbal soap. Let’s see how we do this.
You will need:
- Glycerine soap (sold at craft stores or pharmacies)
- Assorted herbs and citrus — basil, mint, rosemary, orange and lemon
- Food processor
- Heat-resistant glass bowl or jug
- Plastic spoon or scraper
- Spray and Cook
- Old yogurt cups or disposable cups that you have lying around at home
- Step 1: Start collecting old yoghurt cups, depending on what size soap you want — choose a container between 75ml and 250ml. For this activity we used a 75ml yogurt cup that came as part of a pack of six.
- Step 2: Cut some fresh herbs from your garden. If you don’t have any, buy some plants from your nursery and start your herb garden now!
- Step 3: Buy a bar or two of glycerine soap (according to how much soap you’d like to make) from your pharmacy or craft store.
- Step 4: If you want to add a citrussy scent, use some lemon or orange zest.
- Step 5: If you don’t have any at home already, get some ‘Spray and Cook’ from your local grocery store, as it will ensure that the soap doesn’t stick to the re-used yogurt container.
Step-by-step guide to making soap:
- Melt the soap: Put the soap blocks in a glass bowl and melt it in the microwave in 30-second intervals. Stir every so often to break up any big chunks.
- Prepare the additives: While melting, cut your herbs into small enough pieces to add to the soap. If adding citrus, zest the peel and squeeze some of the juice into a cup for extra citrus scent.
- Get the containers ready: Spray your old yoghurt cups with cooking spray and wipe out the excess.
- Add the herbs: Once the glycerine bars have melted, add your herbs and citrus. Keep stirring to ensure they don’t all float to the bottom. Let it stand to cool for a minute, give it another stir, then pour the contents into your yoghurt container/s.
- Setting the soap: Let the soap sit on the counter for about an hour to completely set, then put it in the freezer for another hour or so. It should pop right out.
- Instead of herbs, you could add a little plastic toy like a butterfly or dinosaur to make soap for the kids.