How do I make bath bombs

Make bath balls yourself: bubbly, colorful bath balls for children

Everyone knows them, everyone loves them ... bath balls! The bubbling bath bombs are particularly popular with children - especially when they color the water. The caring bath additives are also ideal as a gift idea for your best friend or for Mother's Day.

You can make the bath balls together with children, as the instructions for making them yourself are really super easy! Leonie loves bath products, just like our homemade kneading soap (for instructions). In retrospect, I'm annoyed that I didn't try the recipe earlier. From now on we can save ourselves colored coloring tablets - just like putting on cream afterwards.


You can get the ingredients for the production in drugstores, pharmacies and health food stores. Since we will always make our bath bombs ourselves from now on, we have ordered bulk packages from Amazon. Soda and citric acid in particular can then be bought very cheaply: I have linked the products we use. You can also find both in the supermarket or in the drugstore.

Ingredients for colorful bath bombs:

Makes 4-6 servings of bubbly bathing pleasure. We had enough for 2 small, 2 medium and 2 large bath balls.

  • 250 g baking soda
  • 125 g citric acid
  • 60 g cornstarch
  • 60 g coconut oil or cocoa butter, shea butter
  • 10 drops of essential oil
  • (optional) food coloring, sprinkles to decorate, bath bomb shapes

Instructions: Make bath balls for children yourself

Step 1: Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl: baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch. It is important that you keep a ratio of 2: 1, i.e. always twice as much baking soda as citric acid. The cornstarch gives the bath balls the necessary hold.

Step 2: Weigh out the coconut oil and let it melt on the heater or in a saucepan on low heat. The coconut oil should only be slightly warmed but liquid enough before you add it to the dry ingredients. Otherwise it could happen that the baking soda reacts with the citric acid and foams up. Knead all the ingredients well and add about 10 drops of essential fragrance oil.

Tip: The consistency now resembles moist sand, the mass remains powdery to flaky and is a bit greasy. If it's still too dry, add some coconut oil; if it's too moist, add cornstarch.

Step 3: Children love colorful bath water! Depending on how many colors you want your bath additive to be, divide the mixture into several bowls. Add the food coloring you want and knead everything thoroughly by hand. We used the new Wilton food colors, which we also used in our instructions for homemade cold porcelain. For this color-intensive result, we only needed 3 drops per color.

Step 4: So that the bath balls get the shape you want, you can roll them into shape with your hands or use shapes and cutters of your choice. Because I'm a little perfectionist in something like that, we ordered stainless steel molds for bath balls from Amazon. Make sure that you press the "bath ball dough" firmly into the molds and that you apply enough pressure when putting them together. Otherwise, your bath bombs could fall apart.

Step 5: After you have formed the balls, you can decorate them additionally. You can decorate bath balls for children with colorful sprinkles, bath confetti, glitter sugar or something similar from the baking shelf. We simply filled the decorative sprinkles into the molds and then added the mixture. Alternatively, you can add the decoration directly to the mass so that it is evenly distributed.

Step 6: Finally, you have to let your homemade bath balls dry for a day or two (at least overnight) so that they become nice and firm. We just left them in the molds to dry.

Important Information:
If you make the bath balls for children, you should refrain from using essential oils as a precaution. Thanks to the coconut oil, they smell very good even without additives, alternatively you can add a few drops of baking aroma. Also, know that the coconut oil will leave a rim on the tub after you bathe. To prevent this from happening, you can add a surfactant called SLSA. With acrylic bathtubs or scratched enamel bathtubs, you should be careful with the amount of paint.

If you like my instructions for homemade bath bombs, I'll be happy if you share them on Pinterest. I wish you a bubbly bathing pleasure, your Désirée

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