How To Clean Your Kitchen With a Volcano


I had great success with making my own laundry liquid soap the other year. Such great success in fact, that it lasted over a year and I only just ran out. The problem with being so successful at it was that I couldn’t remember the exact formula I used to make it. I read a lot of the tips on how to make it but I know I modified it somehow. So I set out to make more, but made up my own modification.


I started out the same way as last time, sitting in front of the tv grating a bar of laundry soap.

Grating Soap


Laundry soap is a hard soap, so it takes quite a while to grate. And gives you sore hands. When I was finally finished, I put the stock pot on the stove to dissolve the soap. I filled it with about 7L of water and brought it to the boil. I added the soap gratings. All good, it looked the same as last time. This is where the improvisation went a little wrong. I knew last time I had added something else to it, but just couldn’t for the life of me remember what! So I made it up. I decided it was a cup of bi carb.



And in the process of adding BiCarb to a pot of boiling water, I learned that there’s some kind of chemical reaction. And the bicarb rises. A lot. And kind of spills everywhere. A little bit like those volcano explosions that kids make for science classes at school. Now, sadly, I wasn’t expecting this to happen, so I have no video of the volcano. But I have the aftermath:

Soapy Flood


Yep, that’s the bubbled over, now-liquid soap all over my stove and bench (and floor). And for some reason, there’s a single piece of dog food on the stove. I’m really not sure how that got there.

Bubble Flood


The good news is that my stove is now really clean! Same goes for my benchtop and floor.


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17 Replies to “How To Clean Your Kitchen With a Volcano”

  1. Unintentional science in your kitchen! I’m sorry it didn’t work out, all that grating!
    My worst kitchen accident was pouring boiling water into a glass jug. Cracked in my hands, of course. Stupid thing to so, but sometimes I’m a bit of a space cadet!

    1. At least the stove top and floor are clean now! Some times you just pick things up, ready to use and forget about logic 🙂

  2. Amanda Hausfrau says: Reply

    I once put hot liquid in the blender. I now know why they have a warning sign about that. My enchilada sauce went everywhere. Sad thing is that after the initial clean up I did it again thinking it would be cool enough. Wrong.

    1. Oh I’d never even thought about that! Wow, that must have been fun to clean up 🙂

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  4. Heh heh – upside to everything

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Oh totally!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I gave up making my own laundry detergent after this and went back to buying it!

  5. Wow, that looks awesome! Bet everything smells good in your kitchen too.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Ooh I should have added some oils before it blew up haha

  6. Well I guess there is a positive side to everything and bicarb is a good cleaner, or so I hear.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Maybe it’s time I did this again; my stove could use a good clean 🙂

  7. Oh dear!!!! I nearly set fire to our rental house once but I totally blame the faulty gas tap on the stove – which I had turned off. We were eating our meal when the bacon grease on the griller tray caught fire. I nearly made it worse by chucking the tray into the sink and running water on it! Big NO NO!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Oh no!! I bet you have fire blankets in houses now 🙂

  8. I love the silver lining at the end – at least everything is really very clean now!!!!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Yep, it sure is!

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