Make at Home Recipe for July =  Bath Bombs

With July school holidays commencing next week, this simple craft activity is sure to please.  Children aged 5 – 7 will require some help, and as always best to supervise your children even if they are able to complete without direct assistance.

The bath bombs are made with common ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, making their creation an inexpensive activity.  Best of all is when they get used in the bath and the fizzing begins – sure to evoke squeals of delight!

Basic Ingredients:

1 cup baking soda

½ cup citric acid

½ cup corn flour

¼ cup powdered milk ( leave this out for a vegan option)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (any variety of vegetable oil you have in the pantry is fine eg. olive or canola)

3-4 drops food colouring

3-7 teaspoons of water (tip: put in a spray bottle for more even dispersion)

Optional:

2 tablespoons melted cocoa butter

1 teaspoon essential oil can be added if wishing to make a scented bomb for adults.  Best to leave essential oils out if the bombs are for children.  If you really want a scented option for littlies, try vanilla essence instead.

Highly recommended: disposable latex gloves for use when mixing – this will prevent your fingers from staining.

Method:


Sieve and mix all dry ingredients together well

Put on your disposable gloves.

Drizzle the vegetable oil (and melted butter if used) and food colouring over the dry mix.  Be sure to quickly mix together with finger tips to prevent fizzing.  This step is similar in feel to rubbing butter into flour, you need to keep working the oils into the dry mix until well incorporated.

Note: When it comes to food colouring remember the final product will end up in your bath, so use as little as possible.  I tend to avoid deep blues and purples for fear of staining, and have always stuck to lightest yellow and palest pink hues to play it safe.   If you are worried about staining, you should patch test first or skip colouring completely.

I also use natural, food derived colours which are certified organic in preference to synthetic colours available in the supermarket.  Organic food colours are readily available on line, and while they do cost more, I use them for cooking, icing cupcakes and craft activities so in my opinion well worth that little extra.

Once colour is evenly dispersed start adding small amounts of water with one hand while constantly mixing with the other.  The mixture should just start to hold together when pressed in your hand, (recall how slightly moist fine sand pressed together will hold its shape – that’s the consistency you are aiming for).

Press completed mixture very firmly into a ball.

Allow 3 or 4 hours drying time to ensure bombs are nice and hard.

Enjoy with your bath!

Green Tip for July:

Want to be truly eco with your reading choices?  Check out www.issuu.com

Issuu.com  is basically a digital newstand where you can find thousands of magazines, books, newspapers and reports  on all topics from around the world and they are free for you to view digitally from your PC or on your mobile.  You can print and download also if you prefer.

This site will change how you view printed media – well it did me anyway.  Only last week I was quite critical of the whole electronic book concept during a chat with our web designer.  Grant – I’m sorry!  While I do love the tactile quality of holding a book and turning the pages, I must admit that the environmental (and not to mention monetary) savings of the digital approach really do far outstrip any small negatives of saying goodbye to printed media.

Check them out – you will be surprised.

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3 Comments on Craft & Green Tip for July

  1. suzi mcqueen says:

    I think Caths comment is negative and she should perhaps suggest something instead of being a stick in the mud!

  2. Grace says:

    Maybe Cath would like to join our facebook discussion group where I actually ask the question – what craft would readers like to learn next month? That sort of constructive criticism would be welcome.

  3. Cath says:

    Yawn! Bath Bombs are so 2003!