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While reading other people’s blogs, particularly those from the United States, we regularly come across a product called Ivory Soap. We Googled it (as we do) and discovered that it is a soap which has been whipped and is full of air bubbles, which makes it quite light.

Now we don’t have that soap here in Australia and haven’t been able to find an equivalent, but our lovely friend Amy Ahola from Child Central Station sent us a bundle of cakes of soap for us to have a play with …

Our first experiment was very simple. We have been told the soap does amazing things when heated up in the microwave and we just had to find out for ourselves.

We popped a block onto a plate and put it in the microwave on high for two minutes …

and then there was a bit of movement at the station.

We kept popping it back in for a minute at a time and we all, one year old included, were totally fascinated by the transformation.

From a small hard block of soap came this luscious cloud …

which reminded us of the meringue on top of lemon meringue pie …

or a good old Aussie pavlova!

It cooled down very quickly and we were all keen to feel it.

It looked very soft but was still quite firm.

Ideas of imaginative play hurtled through our minds but unfortunately the day had come to an end and we ran out of time. We sent the cloud of soap home with the children to use in their bath. Hopefully they only broke off a small piece at a time and didn’t dunk the whole lot in!

Thanks to Amy we still have pleanty of soap left to try this with the children again … and again … and again!

 

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17 Responses to “clouds of ivory soap”


  1. I hate to admit that I live just a few minutes from where they make Ivory soap and I had no idea it would do that when heated! I have used it and seen it used for many activities but this is a first for me. I may just have to do it for myself one day to see it in action.

    ::: Well It’s nice that we have taught you something new Shelley! You really must try it … it’s so much fun! :) :)

  2. avatar Rita Hinton says:

    Here is a recipe for Clean Mud that uses Ivory Soap:
    CLEAN MUD

    2 rolls toilet tissue torn into pieces
    1 ½ bars Ivory soap, shaved
    2 qt. warm water

    Let children help combine all ingredients in a big plastic dishpan or large bucket. Knead by hand until soft and gooey, adding more water as necessary.

    ::: Oh cool … Thanks for that Rita! :) :)


  3. This is absolute fun – i want to try it right now. Are you sure there is no equivelant in Oz? have you ever made soap? I use to many years ago now.

    ::: Lesley we haven’t been able to find it anywhere in Melbourne I’m afraid … as for making soap NO we haven’t but it sounds like fun! :) :)

  4. avatar Michelle Taylor says:

    I have bought Ivory soap from Costco in Melbourne. This looks like so much fun!

    ::: Costco? Cool …Thanks for the heads up Michelle! :) :)

  5. avatar Bianca says:

    My son and I tried this with cheap white soap from Coles or Woolies and the results were very similar but perhaps not quite so fluffy. I like the idea of using it to make clean mud with though – I’ll save that one for the summer holidays – not long now :) :)

    ::: We must try it will regular soap too Bianca … Thanks for the idea! :) :)

  6. avatar Suzanne says:

    I’ve never heard of microwaving ivory soap. I hate finding an idea that sounds like so much fun I don’t want to wait till I have my buddies here!

    ::: Well if you do try it without your buddies Suzanne we promise we won’t tell! :) :)

  7. avatar Lynn says:

    I love this idea but how do we do this if there is no such soap in Australia?

    ::: Hmmmm … that’s a tricky one Lynn. Perhaps you could try tp purchase it on line. :) :)

  8. avatar Lynn says:

    who is made by please? And maybe DOVE would be similar..i will buy a bar and see.

    ::: Lynn, I’m not sure if it still is but Ivory soap was made by the Procter & Gamble Company in the U.S.A. DOVE is not the same type of soap. For this project you dwill need the Ivory soap. :) :)

  9. avatar Amy says:

    Ivory soap used to come in powdered form and my mom would whip it up with a hand mixer and then coat styrofoam balls in the stuff and shove them onto an icecream cone. Then she’d put a paper clip in the top and they looked like real icecream cones to hang on the Christmas tree. One day I came home from school and dipped my finger into what I thought was a bowl of buttercream frosting and took a lick. It was soap. Thanks for the memories!

    ::: Awwww … We’re not surprized you didn’t forget THAT memory Amy. :) :)

  10. avatar Wynona says:

    Ivory soap can be bought in Australia at Costco. Thanks for the idea!! I have 10 bars in my cupboard

    ::: COOL! Thanks for the heads-up Wynona! :) :)


  11. The principle lays in the amount of air Ivory holds. If you place other soap bars in water they sink, Ivory floats. So maybe if we look for any brand that floats it will make the beautiful white cloud to play with and then proceed to make the mud. Anyway kids will learn a lot from any experience. Laura Oreamuno. Costa Rica.


  12. If you place other soap bars in water they sink, Ivory floats. If we look for brands that float we will make the beautiful white cloud to play, and proceed to make mud.

    ::: Great idea Laura. :) :)

  13. avatar Karina says:

    Gamophen soap works


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  15. avatar Marilyn says:

    Hi from Melbourne….Florida! We love doing this with Ivory soap, but then crumble it up to make the clean mud…no shaving (or skinned knuckles!) involved!

  16. avatar joanne says:

    I have done this and I’m in Sawtell nsw Australia. I have done it with dove soap and it worked but not as well as ivory soap. I bought Ivory soap online can’t remember where from though but it worked out cheaper to go in with a couple of people to get a few bars at a time


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