#Palmolive25Ways – Dish Soap Paint Kids Craft {#Cbias}

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Do you see that bottle next to your sink? Yeah, that one.  Just a simple bottle, you may observe…filled with liquid, specifically Palmolive Dish Soap. It may be green, pink, white, clear or orange, but liquid soap serves but one purpose, and one purpose only. Cleaning dirty dishes….or so you’ve been led to believe!

Come with me and travel through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose only boundaries are that of your imagination! Your next stop is, no, not an episode of the “Twilight Zone,” but #Palmolive25Ways you never thought to use dish soap.


We all know from ads (remember Madge? I talk about her a little later…) that Palmolive Dish Soap is tough on grease, soft on hands. But, did you know that dish soap has many other uses outside of the kitchen? Some uses are clever, some are helpful and others help you have fun!

One fun use for dish soap is to make homemade paint for kids to use in their artwork or crafting projects. There are no crazy or hard to find ingredients to make this paint. In fact, you can find all the materials in your pantry. The directions are simple, so it’s a great project for the kids to help set up as well.

I headed over to Walmart to get my dish soap paint supplies, and as you can see they had quite the variety of Palmolive Dish Soap on the shelves to choose from.  For this craft you need to use a clear or translucent colored dish soap so I was particularly interested in the Soft Touch Coconut Butter and Aloe varieties.

THM-Palmolive-25-Ways-Dish-Soap-WalmartHere’s how you make dish soap paint:


2 Cups of cold water
2 Cups of Palmolive Ultra Dish Soap
2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
1 Box of assorted food coloring drops
Large metal bowl
Large metal spoon or whisk
Wooden skewers or paint sticks (to stir up colors)
Jars or containers to store the paint



  • Pour water, dish soap, and flour together in a bowl and mix until there are no lumps.
  • Evenly pour mixture into individual jars or containers.
  • Add drops of food coloring to each jar.
  • Use wooden skewers or paintbrushes to mix the food coloring into the paint mixture.
  • Start painting!


A few dish soap paint making tips:   Don’t worry if the texture starts out a little bubbly when you first mix it. It settles down pretty quick  and will thicken over time.  If your paint thickens up too much, just add a few drops of hot water to thin it out.


I highly recommend using the Palmolive Soft Touch Coconut Butter variety.  I found that it absorbed the color the best.  Think when you go to a paint store, they always mix your paint color from a white base.   The same applies here.  This craft worked with the clear and translucent varieties, but I felt the colors weren’t as vibrant (I did a test with the Aloe).

Also, be generous when you add the food coloring to the mixture. If you don’t put enough drops in your colors will look washed out and faded.

Here’s some of my kidlet’s artwork, created with Palmolive Dish Soap Paint:



Not bad, right?  On the top one, is my son’s interpretation of artist Jackson Pollock, well, at least according to The Hubs and I!  You can’t really see it here in either of these photos, but because in certain places there are layers of paint, the artwork has a “puffy” appearance in places, giving the artwork more dimension.  We’re framing these  two and hanging them in our family room, family and friends will get the rest!

Looking for more non-dish cleaning ideas for Palmolive Dish Soap? Here are few of my favs:

  • Pre-Manicure Soak: Remember those TV commercials back in the day with Madge the manicurist.   She always had her customers soak their fingertips in Palmolive Dish Soap because it helps to remove the oils from your hands which helps your nail polish set better.
  • Grease Stain Remover:   Palmolive Dish Soap does a great job cutting thru grease, but it is gentle enough to use on fabrics when you get a stain on your clothes. Use for any oil-based stains. You apply the dish soap directly to stain, rub in with your fingertips and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with water. Then launder as directed. (FYI – it’s a really tough stain, add a little vinegar to the mixture).
  • Kill Weeds – If you don’t like using harsh chemicals on your lawn because you have kids, pets or just want to be kinder to the environment, then use this concoction to help kill those pesky weeds. Take a spray bottle, squirt in a few drops of dish soap, ½ cup of salt and vinegar, put the cap on, shake and spray solution carefully on weeds and not near any flowers or grass that you want, since it will knock them out too!
  • Shine Booster: Is your hair looking dull and flat? Mix a few squirts of dish soap into your shampoo and use as usual. The dish soap helps to removes grease from your hair and scalp and in the process adds shine and added bounce to your locks.
  • Ice Pack: Make your own gel ice pack and store it in the freezer for boo boos or other emergencies. Pour dish soap into a strong freezer baggie. Make sure you don’t overfill, pouring only ½ way full. Seal the baggie tightly and place in freezer. It’s great for bumps or easing sore muscles.
  • Defog Glasses: Rub a drop of dish soap on eyeglass lenses and immediately wipe them off. This cleans the lenses, but leaves an undetectable light film which prevents fogging.
  • Giant Bubble Maker:  In a kiddie pool add: ½ cup of Palmolive, ½ gallon of warm water, 1 Tbsp of glycerin , make sure it’s enough to cover the hula-hoop when placed inside the pool. Lay the hula-hoop inside the pool evenly and gently lift to create a giant bubble.

Don’t all these uses want you to run out and stock up on dish soap for yourself? Well, if you enter 25 Ways to Use Palmolive Sweepstakes you can win a $2,000 Walmart gift card and weekly prizes.  That’s certainly enough cash to buy enough dish soap to try all these different uses out, and even invent a few new uses of your own!

Now it’s your turn to share. What unconventional ways do you use dish soap?




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  1. says

    I have heard about using dish soap as a nail soak. I have even heard about using it on grease stains. But I am delighted to learn how to make the paint for the kids. But I did not know that I can use dish soap as a week killer. And you can bet that the next time I need an ice pak, I’ll be making my own with dish soap. Good, informative post.
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      That’s a great idea. It’s always fun for babysitters to have an arsenal of craft ideas when taking care of kids – keeps them occupied!

  2. says

    I love that you’re framing them. We have one piece of art from each of our kids framed and hanging in the house too. The one except is my second oldest, but we have two of his sculptures from grade school on display in our library. :)

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I love my kidlet’s artwork – we have lots of it hanging around the house! My son has done a lot of sculpture this summer at camp. I’ve got ceramic, owls, aligators & snakes!

  3. says

    You’ve got some ‘Artiste’s’ on your hands there! Super creative! Thanks for posting!

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