Tonawanda News — Keep watching that bar of soap in the microwave. Within a few seconds, fwoosh! (It’s utterly impossible to write or speak about this sight without sound effects). The bar starts to turn into something that looks like a can of shaving cream exploded in there. (I do not recommend trying that.) And it keeps growing. And growing ...
I have a small microwave. I could have kept things going for longer, but the cloud was starting to press up against the sides of the appliance and I had a frightening (and probably false) mental image of what could happen if it ran out of room. I stopped things at about 80 seconds and opened the door.
Give it a minute or so to cool, because it will be warm. (I later found that not all the soap had time to expand, so there was a slightly gooey — and very warm — center to the cloud. I removed that and rolled it into a soap ball to be used in our upstairs bathroom, which was also a hit with the kids.) Then whisk that paper out of there, complete with soap.
It looks like a giant, puffy cloud. It’s not soft, it’s actually rigid, and you can smash it into a bowl and turn it into a large pile of fluffy soap flakes. (But more on that later.) The boys were not as enthralled by the spectacle of the incredible growing soap as I was, but when I told them they could take it into the bathtub, they got much more enthused.
That was a hit.
They pulled it apart. They made it snow in the tub. They squished it and they smooshed it and they got cleaner then they’ve probably ever been in their grubby-little-boy lives.
“Mom, this is really cool,” my 4-year-old enthused. Praise, indeed.