It’s always a challenge to get kids excited about bath time. You need toys, towels to clean up the inevitable splashes and more than a little patience for mom. And sometimes no amount of coaxing seems to work at all! But luring them with bubbles is a sure-fire winner. Homemade bubble bath is easy to make and much safer on sensitive skin than Mr. Bubbles.
Making your own bubble bath is a great way to avoid sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming ingredient in many bath products. While most adults tolerate SLS just fine, it can be way too harsh on little ones’ skin and cause issues such as dryness and eczema.
If your child is dealing with dryness or eczema-like patches that you just can’t find the cause of, have a look at your bath products! If SLS appears on any of the lists, it could be the cause—just one more reason to make your own bubble bath.
Another perk of homemade bubble bath is that you can sneak in essential oils like lavender and chamomile that calm little ones and get them ready for bed. Adding these scents to the bath is a great way to get them to wind down after a full day, and should hopefully get them to sleep faster afterwards. Or you can try one of these aromatherapy bath blends for stress, balancing or sinus relief.
Don’t be surprised that homemade bubble bath doesn’t create enormous bubbles like the commercial stuff. This recipe uses more soap than this honey vanilla bubble bath, so there’s more bubble action. But you’ll still need to agitate the water to create a good foam. It’s still enough for the kids to love it, though! It’s also still ensuring that they’re clean from head to toe afterwards, sans any overly-drying foaming agents.
Adding glycerin helps counteract the drying effects of the soap. It’s an effective skin hydrator and skin softener, ensuring that their delicate skin doesn’t get dry or itchy. A drop or two of food coloring makes bathtime even more fun because it colors the water, too.
Or let the kids pick their color and add a drop to the water each time you use the bubble bath. Kids loove this and is a great way to bribe them into the bathtub! And honestly, a relaxing soak does good for them and you—so you can enjoy this DIY recipe too.
Calming Sleepy Time Bubble Bath
- 1 cup mild liquid body soap (like this one, just not Castile soap or you will get very few bubbles)
- 1/4 cup pure vegetable glycerin
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon chamomile essential oil or a ‘pillow blend’ essential oil that combines lavender and hops
- 2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a sealable bottle. (It’s probably better to use a plastic bottle if you plan to store it in the bathroom.) Stir ingredients gently; you don’t want to make bubbles just yet! To use, pour about 1/2 cup under running water and agitate water to create bigger bubbles.
Have you tried making homemade bubble bath?145