Make A DIY Laundry Pretreater Out Of Bar Soap

Make A DIY Laundry Pretreater Out Of Bar Soap

If you need to pretreat a laundry stain, but you don’t want to use harsh commercial pretreaters, this DIY recipe for “soap jelly” is gentle and easy to make.

Tipnut, a tips and tricks blog, shares a simple recipe for making a skin-safe and inexpensive laundry pretreater. You’ll need a glass jar, a bar of non-perfumed soap and hot water.

  • Shave the bar of soap until the shavings fill half of the jar.
  • Fill the rest of the jar with hot water (boiling if the jar can handle that hot without shattering). Cover with lid.
  • Allow the water to soak into the soap a bit to soften it up then shake hard until soap is dissolved (or stir well).
  • Once the soap is dissolved, allow to cool completely. The soap & water mixture will form a soap jelly that is ideal for using on laundry stains.

Once it has cooled, you can scoop a little bit of the jelly out and work it into stains when necessary. Check out the full article at the link below for additional tips, including what to do if you mixture doesn’t gel the way you expected it to and how to make it even more economical. Have a laundry hack of your own to share? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

DIY Soap Jelly [Tipnut]


  • I know I may get clowned for this, but during my stay out here in the land of Oz for the past 12 months I have been super broke – crazy broke, but have been able to manage to wash my jeans like a civilized individual.

    During my frugal experience I’ve learned that vinegar is an excellent fabric softener. It really works! I experimented with both Apple Cider and White vinegar. In all honesty you just need a cap-full of the strong smelling stuff; which isn’t a lot to get results. It’s cheap as all hell and you really can’t go wrong with it.

    30 days to go until I’m back in smelling NJ – I’ve made it 12 months in Oz!

    • Glad you have survived your visit down-under, Edward. You are dead-right about vinegar! It is a great fabric softener and cleanser. We have used it for a long time in our washing machine (via the dispenser). Not only does it remove the detergent smell and softens the articles being washed, but it helps in cleaning out the machine. Vinegar is great with bicarbonate of soda for cleaning the drains too. We use vinegar to clean our stainless steel kettle and coffee percolator as well. The best part it is CHEAP! Two litres for a $1.09 (Aldi and Woolies).

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