Play Dough Soap–2 Ways!

Play dough Soap

I know I did a review of some play dough soap a couple months ago and my kids really loved it. But it can get pricey to get it too often,  so I really wanted to figure out how to make my own. After a couple different methods I found something that worked well for my kids and they loved it.

In an attempt to make a natural, moisturizing play dough soap, I started out with shea butter and liquid castille soap. I though “Shea butter is kind firm and liquid castille soap is runny, so lets do a 2:1 ratio to soften the shea butter.”

So, I heated up 2 cups of shea butter till melted, and added a cup of liquid castille soap. I then divided the mixture into 3 bowls and added a couple drops of food coloring to each.


Even after cooling, this mixture wasn’t really play dough consistency. So I kneaded in some cornstarch until it was a dough consistency.


Since this mixture was more shea butter than soap, and shea butter has a distinct scent, the play dough smelled mostly like shea butter, which is not my favorite scent. Also, a play session with this stuff left a greasy residue in the tub.

So I tried again. This time I used clear liquid hand soap and corn starch. This is the most economical and simple option. I did each color one batch at a time. I put 2 drops of food coloring (more for yellow) in 1/4 cup liquid soap and mixed in 1/2 cup or so of corn starch. You could also use liquid soaps/shower gels that are already colored and scented if you like. You might get a better variety of scents this way.

corn starch and soap

This second method is the one I will be sticking with and I’m really excited that I found a cheap and easy way to make play dough soap for my kids. Of course I don’t give it to them at every bath time, but it’s a fun treat for them! 


1/2 cup corn starch

1/4 cup liquid soap with food coloring

blue: 2 drops of blue

pink: 2 drops of red

yellow: 4 drops of yellow

green: 2 drops yellow, 1 blue

orange: 2 drops yellow, 1 red

purple: 1 drop blue, 1 red

Store the finished play dough soap in a ziplock bag or other sealed container.


  1. This play dough soap looks easy to make and I’m sure my grandson would love it. Another craft for my to do list!

  2. This is a really cool little diy project! Looks really fun.

  3. I am ALWAYS looking for a craft to do with my nieces, and this looks like the PERFECT one…Wouldnt even have to purchase the ingredients! Thanks

  4. Awesome idea I know that I go through playdoh a lot it dries out or they mix all the colors and end up with brown will give this a try

  5. Tracy Robertson says

    This is great! As clean as I am now, I hated bathing as a kid. I wish I had some Play Dough Soap back then!

  6. Diana Scholz says

    Such a neat idea!

  7. This is a really good idea to make your own.

  8. we did this with my nieces and nephews this past weekend – and had a blast!

  9. Judith Martinez says

    I’ve never heard of playdough soap but it sounds expensive. I’m impressed that you figured out how to make your own.

  10. What a totally cool idea for kids! I’ve never even heard of Play Dough Soap before. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. 🙂

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    • AOHousewife says

      Thank you for stopping by! Yeah, my kids love this play-dough soap. I don’t give it to them every time, even though they ask for it. 🙂

  11. What a fun project!! This would be great for the classroom, or just with young kids at home. Love it!
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    Looks like a great craft project with the kids…

  13. I will have to try this. I’m always looking for recipes like this. Thank you for sharing.

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