Want Your Child To Love Getting Clean? Have Them Make Their Own Soaps, Shampoos, and Lotions!

Children and dirt are just two little peas in a pod.  What child doesn’t love getting dirty?  I’m sure that there are some but honestly, most kids love dirt.

What dirty kid loooooves getting clean? (Are those crickets I hear chirping????)  Thought so.  I know that Tiny loves playing in the muck and although she isn’t opposed to bath time, it isn’t high on her priority list. 

Wee ones have better things to do with their time than to stop for a bath or shower.  Sure, bath time can be fun if you have some toys or some bath paints at the ready but even so, it is still not an activity that most children beg to do.  Go to the park or take a bath?  Which one do you suppose your child will want to do?

I am lucky in that Tiny usually just goes along for the personal hygiene ride.  She loves to shower or take a bath WITH me but will not do it alone.  Until recently, she enjoyed having her hair washed and her faced scrubbed.  But then, she figured out that SHE is in control of her body and that a wet, wiggly Tiny can manage to frustrate a wet, soapy mama to the point that she gives up on doing an actual scrub down or hair wash.

So I had to get creative.  I had been really busy in the kitchen the past few months concocting the potions, er, um, recipes for my Ebook, and Tiny was a great sous chef.  It dawned on me that she would probably REALLY enjoy making products that she could then bathe with.  Brilliant!

Fully intending on writing a second Ebook geared towards children’s personal care products, Tiny and I started playing with some recipes.  Together, we created a really fun fizzy bath soak, a great body/face wash, and a nourishing body lotion.  They were easy to make together (remember that Tiny just turned 3) and she felt pretty cool making her own bath products.  Tiny was so smitten with her creations that she wanted to test them out immediately after making them.

Two weeks later and bath times are back in working order.  Tiny LOVES using “mine soap mama” and slathers herself with the body lotion.  When I told her we would be working on more recipes she got rather excited.  She pulls out the pots and pans daily asking if we can “create.”

Any time you can empower your child to take charge of the care of their body you will likely be met with enthusiasm.  When you take away control by forcing your approach or agenda on your child, you will be met with more resistance.  Get creative in how you encourage their taking control (and enjoying) a personal hygiene ritual.

If you are interested in making personal care products WITH your child that your child will love using, then stay tuned for my next Ebook.  It will launch this July.  Until then, here is a super easy teaser recipe for you!

Bath Ice Cubes


  • 1/3 cup cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut crème
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon powdered oatmeal (just grind up some oats in a food processor)
  • 2 drops tangerine, lavender, or lemon EO


  1. Melt cocoa butter in double boiler, remove from heat.
  2. Mix coconut creme, coconut oil, almond oil, honey and oatmeal in a separate bowl and blend well.
  3. Add mixture to melted cocoa butter, blend well.
  4. Add tangerine, lavender, or lemon EO (or your favorite child friendly EO) and blend in.
  5. Pour mixture into ice cube trays, chill until firm.

Toss one cube into a tub of running water and enjoy!


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  1. Jennifer, Thank you! This sounds like a lot of fun and a really lovely way to encourage self-care of the body in many ways – bath, kitchen, whatever. Look forward to your next book due out in July. :)

  2. That is amazing! Like mother, like daughter — you guys are so creative! I love the idea of crafting your own bath recipes and products. I look forward to your next ebook!

  3. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama says:

    You are such a rock star! Good for you for getting Tiny involved in the creative process – I bet she loves it :)

  4. I have always loved the idea of including the littles in the kitchen, and this is the perfect extension of that. I’ll have to store this idea away for when BabyE gets a little bit older. Your new ebook sounds great! Can’t wait!

  5. Ooooo – I can’t wait for the next e-book! As Jem gets older I’m sure she is going to love helping make her own spa products :)

  6. This is amazing and I can not wait to make this with Aodhan tomorrow! Thank you so much for sharing this little teaser, and I look forward to your next e-book.

  7. I never want to use any harsh cleaning products on my baby, but your recepies are totally natural, nourishing and gentle. What a really brilliant and fun approach to engaging little ones!

  8. I can’t wait to make these! My kids enjoy making our homemade hygiene items. They also take their ‘medicine’ willingly when they have helped make them.

  9. It is best for us adults to guide the children while they are still young to be more responsible. I’ll make sure that this simple advice will be implemented in our home. waste water treatment

  10. It’s very interesting that there are raw ingredients available in the market now to create such products but what is more important is to ensure this will be processed to strict quality control to get only the best output from such.

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