How to Make Squishy Soap Without Cornstarch - Fun & Easy Gift Idea

7 Materials
30 Minutes

Looking for a fun DIY gift idea? In this tutorial, I'm showing you how to make squishy soap without cornstarch. This DIY squishy soap recipe is made with only a few ingredients but without gelatin or cornstarch.

What is squishy soap?

Squishy soap (also known as soap jellies) is a soft soap that can be used for washing and as a fun stress ball! It makes a great gift for friends or family, especially kids.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to make your own squishy soap...

Tools and materials:

  • Fine glutinous rice flour
  • Liquid soap or body wash  
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Spatula
  • Small soap or jelly molds (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Stove-top steamer
How to make soap jellies without gelatin

The secret squishy soap ingredient

The only ingredient for this all-natural squishy soap that you might not have on hand is glutinous rice flour, which is not expensive. It's commonly used in Asian cuisine, particularly desserts, so you can find it in your local Asian store, international supermarket, or online.

Mixing the squishy soap ingredients

1. Mix the flour and soap

In a mixing bowl combine two parts glutinous rice flour with one part liquid soap or body wash. Mix it together with a spatula.

Adding color to the squishy soap recipe

2. Add color

If you want to add color to your DIY squishy soap, add a few drops of food coloring now and mix it in well.

How to make squishy soap

3. Knead the mixture

Use your hands and fingers to knead the ball of squishy soap very well. Knead in all the bits from the bottom of the bowl and make sure the color you added is well distributed.

Pressing the DIY squishy soap into a mold

4. Press into a mold

Separate small pieces of the squishy soap from the large ball and press them into the soap mold.

Easy squishy soap recipe

If you want to be creative, you can skip the mold and form your squishy soap into your own freehand shape. 

Steaming the DIY squishy soap

5. Steam

Bring water to a boil in the bottom of your steamer and place your filled soap mold or freehand-shaped soap into the top of the steamer. Cover with the steamer lid and steam on high heat for ten minutes.

How to make squishy soap step by step

6. Let it cool

Unmold your squishy soap if you used the mold or remove the soap from the steamer carefully. Let cool. 

Cat-shaped DIY squishy soap

How to use DIY squishy soap

DIY squishy soap shaped like R2D2

How to make squishy soap without cornstarch

Now it's time to have fun with your DIY squishy soap! Use it to reduce stress, or just to have something to fiddle with. Then, you can wet it to lather up and use it as washing soap.

This squishy soap recipe will make lots of small squishy soaps, so you can give them away as gifts, maybe even stocking stuffers!

Leave a comment to let us know what colors and shapes of squishy soap you made and how you and your friends liked them.

Suggested materials:
  • Fine glutinous rice flour
  • Liquid soap or body wash
  • Food coloring (optional)
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