Bath and Shower Jellies

Make your own fun soaps in whatever colors and shapes you choose with just your Instant Pot and a few household ingredients.

Photo by David Murphy

Makes about 12 jelly “bars,” depending on the size of your mold

This is one of those projects that you’ll love making for your children. This is especially great to have on hand if you happen to have one of those kids who goes through gallons of liquid body wash and never really comes out clean. These are so colorful, fun to play with (so you’ll be sure that your kid will come out clean), and a breeze to make. What can be better? Oh yeah, it’ll save you body wash by the gallon! If you want to spice it up, you can add your favorite essential oils to make them smell all pretty.

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 oz. unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 cup body wash
  • Blue and green food dye
  • Silicone molds

Photo by Unsplash/freestocks


  1. Add 1-1/2 cups water to your Instant Pot metal liner. Press the Sauté button and wait for water to gently boil. Once boil has been achieved, press the Cancel button and stop.
  2. Gently add in and stir the gelatin, and mix until well dissolved. Be sure to pay attention to any lumps or bumps. We don’t want any of those in our mixture.
  3. Then add in your body wash, and gently mix so as to not cause any kind of bubbles. From there, I divided my mixture in half and added in the food coloring. I added 6 drops of blue to one and 6 drops of green to the other, and gently mixed.
  4. Pour your mixture into your favorite silicone molds. Allow up to 24 hours to set, or place in the fridge to help set faster.

Tip: These store well in the fridge or freezer, since we are making them in batches. I made them into small squares because if you leave them in the bathtub or shower, then they will turn into gloop. However, once you’re done with shower or bath, you can simply put it in a plastic storage container and place in the fridge to keep safe. I find smaller molds more convenient to use.

1/28/2021 12:03:15 PM

This has to be one of the worst, if not the worst, article I have seen in MEN in the 25+ years I have been reading the magazine. Really! Food coloring will stain your child's skin and is not safe unless you purchase the more expensive types that clearly state they are. Store it in the refrigerator? So you can have super cold soap? And using store bought body lotion? C'mon Man! I expect better of you.

Just No
1/27/2021 9:21:10 PM

Using pre-made body wash and turning it into something that will become “gloop” in your shower if it isn’t refrigerated? It would be hard to make this sound LESS appealing! The green color already in my kids body wash already is a pain to scrub off the grout, so adding more dye doesn’t do it for me either. You know what keeps a kid from using “gallons” of body wash? Telling them to use a single pump! After all, keeping the bodywash out of the shower and giving them a squirt to use would be less trouble than cooking up and storing this concoction (and give you an opportunity to show them what you believe is an appropriate amount of soap to use).

1/16/2020 2:43:12 PM

It doesnt need a preservative if it's in the fridge, but who would remember to put it in a special container after each kids bath or shower..and food coloring is skin safe, we ingest it, but it will just leave you that color stain awhile. They sell non staining food coloring..



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