Dish Soap Paint Recipe

How to Make Your Own Paint

Row of washing up bottles
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This simple mixture works great for painting temporary designs on windows or even sidewalks. You can also paint on paper. Once dry, it has a nice shiny finish. Cleanup is also a breeze with this soap based paint.

Materials Needed:

  • Liquid Dish Washing Soap
  • Powdered Tempera Paint (you can also use food coloring)


When selecting the dish detergent you will use, a clear or light-colored dish soap works best.

In a small bowl, add equal parts of dish soap and powdered tempera paint and mix well.

Use a paint brush to apply this paint. Even though this paint is made using soap, take care to protect clothing and the walls and window sills if painting your window.

Check out a large photo of the painting activity done by Logan.