Bath Crayons Aren’t Just For Kids: Why Every Adult Should Have Bath Crayons Too

Posted on April 8, 2013

how to make homemade bath crayons

A lot of my family came over this weekend and was wondering what the heck these were sitting in my bathroom. They’re homemade bath crayons, of course! The next question out of their mouths, was why a 30 year old woman without any kids, is making bath crayons for herself?

Showers are my ‘me time’. My place of serenity. It’s where I do most of my thinking, so I decided to make bath crayons so I could write down all the great ideas that I come up with so I can remember them after I get out of the shower! Apparently I’m not the only one who uses their alone time in the shower to reflect on life and come up with great ideas. Here are 20 reasons why your best ideas come to you in the shower- and why you should have some bath crayons too!

Here’s the recipe for homemade bath crayons that I used with my own commentary in the instructions. They literally only took me 10 minutes to make. Recipe is courtesy of


  • 1 bar Ivory soap
  • Warm water
  • Food coloring


  1. Grate the bar of soap. You’ll need about 1 cup of soap shavings. I used Ivory because it’s what I had at home. Unfortunately, there isn’t a short cut to the grating, unless you use a food processor. You can’t use detergent or powdered soap. They’re too harsh.
  2. Add food coloring (I feel like I used a TON of food coloring, even to the point where my hands are still stained a few days later, yet the crayons don’t write as dark as I was hoping) and warm water, a few tablespoons at a time, to the soap shavings and mix until it forms a thick dough. You can add more water or soap shavings to get the right consistency. (Add water VERY slowly, little by little. I ended up having to shave more soap because I added water too fast. It only felt like a tablespoon!)
  3. Once the dough is firm, you can shape it into crayons by hand or press it into candy molds. I made ours into little cigars. (I put mine into a starfish ice cube tray so I had an easy mold, but I would recommend cigars instead.)
  4. At this point, you can leave the crayons out to dry and harden. Amy from MomAdvice puts hers in the freezer for 10 minutes or so, and then leaves them out to dry after that. (I did both and they’re still fragile.)


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