I have seen Clean Mud made a few ways, the most popular being with ivory soap and toilet paper. We have made it this way before, and it is great fun. The other day I wanted to make a batch of clean mud for Rosie, but we didn't have any ivory soap, so I came up with a new way to make clean mud.
This alternative clean mud is much more simple than the common recipe for play. You do not need to grate soap or shred toilet paper. Not only is it much more simple, but it smells clean and fresh and feels just like mud.
Clean Mud Recipe
- 3 cups of baking soda
- Up to 1 cup of water
To make this clean mud all you need is baking soda and water. In a bowl slowly add water to the baking soda until you have a mud-like texture. Be sure to add the water slowly, as it is easy to add too much. The key is to add a little at a time and mix, slowing adding more water until you have the desired mud-texture. If you do add too much water just add more baking soda and mix it well.
This clean mud is made much like the sensory mud we recently created only without the mud color being added. It is fabulous for all sorts of sensory play and allows kids all the fun of mud with none of the mess!
The mud is squishy, yet mold-able and super soft. It also leaves kids looking & smelling fresh and clean after play, a huge bonus I would say.
Clean mud is a fantastic base sensory recipe that can be turned into all sorts of other play materials. Here are some of the other sensory materials we have created by simply adding more or less water and/or one or two other simple ingredients to our clean mud recipe: