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Laundry Stain Pretreater Recipes

This is a great pretreater and it makes up nicely…keep a jar handy and you’ll never need to buy harsh chemicals again.

BowlDIY Soap Jelly:

Glass Jar
Laundry soap bar (or non-perfume like Ivory)
Hot water

Troubleshooting Tip: If the mixture doesn’t gel nicely, it’s still useable…you can reheat mixture and add more shavings. If it’s too thick, add a bit more hot water.

Directions for use:

Quick Tip: I’ve also used just straight liquid dish detergent successfully. Squirt a bit onto the soiled area, rub in gently with your fingers, then toss the garment in the pile to be washed later. This is an especially easy one since you can apply it as soon as you notice the stain and leave the garment sit until you’re ready to wash.

Here are some more you can try:


1 cup hot water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide



2 quarts water
1/2 cup ammonia
2 TBS laundry detergent


Methods & Guidelines


Tip: Check clothes as you place them in the washer and check again while placing them in the dryer. Catching troublesome spots before garments are washed and dried can help prevent permanent markings.

Should They Be Washed With Hot Or Cold Water?

Greasy Spots:

Quick & Dirty Method:
(use only if heat will not damage garment and the problem is not blood, eggs or milk)

Basic Removal Method

General Remover

1 tsp Liquid Dish Detergent (no bleach)
1 tsp Ammonia

All-Purpose Bleach Soak
(for items that are bleachable)