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Craft: Squishy Soap Dough for Happy Clean Hands

Hold the phone, it turns out our parents and teachers were all right about that hand washing?!?! In Ladies and Germs, Guy Raz explains that scientists have actually proven that washing hands is THE best way to prevent bacterial infections. Wowzers!

Keep your paws germ free and happy by mixing up a batch of soap dough. The soft and squishy texture of this stuff allows you to roll, squish, press and shape it into almost anything you like. Fun! And when it’s time to wash up, simply pinch off a piece, hold it under running water and watch those bubbles wipe away all those nasty germs.


  • ½ cup Castile soap (we used Dr. Bronner’s)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • essential oil (optional)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • large mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • measuring cups
  • jar to store the soap dough in




 Wow To:


1 .Measure the soap and add it to the bowl. If using food coloring and/or essential oil, now is the time to add a few drops. Mix well to combine.

   2.  Add cornstarch and stir to combine. If you find the mixture to be runny, add a bit more cornstarch. If you find mixture to be stiff, add a drop more soap.
   3.  Once the mixture starts to form into dough, use hands to finish combining.
  4.  Play with the dough. Then store it near the sink or tub in a sealed container and use as soap when needed. Dough will become bubbly and disintegrate when mixed with water.