- December 19, 2008 at 1:56 pm #267975
don’t know if this is the right thread for this or not but I’m so impressed with fels naphta soap that I wanted to share.
I have been trying a few of the MYO that I’m finding on this site, finally found this soap (at Publix for .99cents) because I would like to try homemade laundry detergent as soon as I run out of my storebought stuff. the bar read that it was also good for pretreating stains. I had grease (kitchen kind) on a top that had already been washed and dried twice. I’d given up on getting it out since I thought the heat had set it in permanantly. Wet all the spots and rubbed the soap in real good and washed in hot water. Not a trace of gease spots left on my top. This is GOOD STUFF!!
- December 19, 2008 at 2:14 pm #406486
Yep! LOVE that soap. Great stuff and smells nice, too!
- December 19, 2008 at 2:17 pm #406487
Have you found any other places – we do not have that store in NE . Thanks Bobbi
- December 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm #406495
Sorry Bobbi, I had looked all over for it without any luck. someone posted that they ordered it on the internet but I didn’t want to do that since I only wanted a few bars and didn’t want to pay for that plus the shipping. Maybe you could ask the manager of your favorite grocery store about stocking it. worth a try.
- December 19, 2008 at 4:01 pm #406496
I can find it at Albertson’s, WalMart, and a Hispanic market.
- December 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm #406946
I have tried making laudry soap with Zote – And its alright ! Do you have trouble with it getting clumpy ~ It only stayed liquid when it was warm. – I ended up throwing my first and only batch away , because it was to thick and would not disolve in my washer . I was wondering if the laundry soap you make with the Fels Naphta soap stays liquid -may I will have to give it a try and experiment. Bobbi -NE
- December 26, 2008 at 8:44 pm #407052
I haven’t tried making it yet, I need to use up the commercial stuff I have on hand so I’ll have some empty containers to keep it in. Think I still have 3 bottles. Sorry you had to pitch yours, I’m a little sceptical since you said yours wouldn’t disolve in the water and I wash most things in cold water. The recipe does say you have to stir it before each use, or if in old detergent bottles I guess shaking it good would work. I still plan to try it when I run out. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
- December 26, 2008 at 11:11 pm #407059
You could try making the powder version, that’s what I do.
I shred the Fels Naptha ( OR ZOTE. I have used both. Not sure which I like best, they both do a great job) — about a cups worth. After I shred the soap, I take 2 knives and criss-cross cut the soap into smaller bits. Then I take a cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and a cup of 20 Mule Team Borax laundry booster and mix all three items ( soap bits, washing soda & laundry booster) together. I put mine in a plastic container and use 2 teaspoons per load. I broke down the cost, and it’s about .02 per load. My wash is clean, fresh and old stains that seemed to be set-in for life, are gone. I use my homemade detergent for both cold and warm water washes. Works great.
I haven’t the ‘courage’ to make the liquid detergent, as the powder version works so well for me. I must admit, the first few washes, I was worried that the soad bits would ‘melt’- but they did.
I hope this helps you.
- December 27, 2008 at 11:44 am #407098
I haven’t found it here in Missouri yet either but bought a case of 24 bars for $27 on an online search I did. Not the best deal but got the case and can use it now!
- December 27, 2008 at 11:49 am #407099
I found this on one of the sites that sells Fels-Naptha soap:
Poison Ivy Prevention: Fels Naptha Soap has been used for over 100 years for the treatment and prevention of poison ivy, sumac and oak rash. My family has personally used it for over 10 years. If you think you have been exposed to poison ivy, oak or sumac, shower immediaetly with Fels Naptha to remove the resin from your skin. This will greatly reduce and in most cases, prevent any skin reaction to the poison ivy oil. Make sure to launder your clothes in some shaved or grated fels naptha (about 1/16th of the bar) to remove the resin from your clothes. Poison Ivy resin can stay on your clothes for over 1 year even if the clothes have been washed with normal detergent.
Poison Ivy Treatment: If you are exposed to poison ivy and you have a reaction, simply shower with Fels Naptha to remove any resin left on the skin and it will help to dry up the rash as well.
To clean your shower, rub a non-abrasive scouring sponge with a wet bar of Fels Naptha and start cleaning. It will take a little hard work the first time you use it but it will be a breeze after that.
Washing with Fels Naptha can greatly reduce the itching and discomfort from bug bites. Though it is NOT a hand soap, it can cut even the grimiest of messes. Wash hands with Fels Naptha to remove ink, grease, or a variety of other nasty stains. Again, remember that this can be a skin irritant and should be used carefully and only after reading the warning label on the soap.
To clean paint brushes, simply drag the wet brush through a lathered bar of Fels Naptha and work in. Rinse well with warm water. The brushes stay soft and supple using this method.
Spring and Fall Lawn Tonic
*1 cup of fels soap solution 1 flat beer, 4 ounces of liquid dish soap, household ammonia and a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer. (*Fels soap solution is made by shaving 1/2 bar of Fels Naptha Soap into a quart of very hot water to dissolve. Add 4 ounces of liquid dish soap as an emulsifier. You can store the solution until needed. Shake well before use.) Mix the 1 cup Fels solution, 1 can of beer in the sprayer. Fill the remainder of sprayer with ammonia. For spring and fall garden spraying, add 2 oz of molasses.
Spray aphids with 3 tablespoons grated Fels Naptha Soap dissolved in 1 gallon of hot water. Mix well and let cool. Spray as needed.
Insect Control: Prepare Fels Naptha Solution first. (Solution – shave 1 inch of Fels Naptha bar in a nylon stocking and place it into a gallon of boiling water along with 4 oz. liquid dish soap(Ivory). Store as needed and shake well before use. It will have a gel-like consistency.) Mix 1 cup of Fels Naptha Solution with 1 cup antiseptic mouthwash (mint flavored if nematodes are a problem) and 1 cup chewing tobacco juice. Spray with a 20-gal hose-end sprayer with a golf ball in it to keep mixture mixed. Follow-up with an application of Dursban or Diazinon, if needed.
For Black-spot fungus on roses: Make the Fels Naptha Solution by shaving 1 inch of Fels Naptha bar into a nylon stocking and placing it into a gallon of boiling water along with 4 ounce of liquid dish soap (Ivory). This will keep nicely and you can use it as needed. It will have a gel-like consistency so mix well before using. For the black-spot fungus, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of Fels naptha solution and 1 gallon of water. Spray as needed.
IMPORTANT***** In recent years soap manufacturers have added degreasers and antibacterial ingredients to their products. These are VERY harmful to your plants and most likely will burn or kill them. When a home gardening technique calls for liquid dish soap be very careful that you use only Ivory or Fels Naptha Solution. You can also use the original liquid lemon type detergent which has no additives, just be careful that it does not contain a degreaser or is antibacterial.
Fels Naptha Soap is a fantastic stain remover and pre-treater. It works especially well on oil-based stains. Just rub the stain with a wet bar of Fels Naptha Soap. Let it sit for a while and launder as usual. It works great on baby clothes which have formula stains.
* For chocolate smudge on clothes, rub the stain with Fels Naptha Soap and let sit in your filled washer with 20 Mule Team Borax for 30 minutes. Launder as usual.
* Thoroughly wash all clothing including hats, gloves coats in Fels Naptha Soap to prevent an outbreak of poison ivy. Poison Ivy resin can remain on your clothes for over 1 year. Washing with Fels Naptha will eliminate the resin from your clothing.
* To remove Halloween makeup from clothing, simply work a little Fels Naptha into the stain and launder as usual. It may take a repeat washing to completely remove the stain.
* To clean white canvas tennis shoes, simply work the Fels Naptha Soap into a lather and use a soft brush to work into the canvas. Launder as usual without chlorine bleach.
* To remove old stains on colored clothes, make a solution of 2 cups warm water and 1/2 cup white vinegar. Pour on stain. Let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse well and work in Fels Naptha Soap. Launder as usual.
Homemade Laundry Detergent:
First Recipe: 3 Pints Water 1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated 1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, NOT baking soda though!!) 1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax 2 Gallon bucket to mix it in 1 Quart hot water Additional Hot Water Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.
Third Recipe: Water 1 bar grated Fels Naptha soap 5 gallon bucket 1 cup washing soda (Again, Arm and Hammer) 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax 4 1/2 gallons water Put grated Fels Naptha in saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup Borax and mix well. As it cools, it will thicken. May be used immediately. Use 1/2 – 1 cup per load.
Powdered Laundry Detergent 1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap 1/2 cup washing soda 1/2 cup 20 mule team borax Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For normal loads, use 2 tablespoon. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons.
Recipe for tanning hides submitted by a gentleman in Indiana…. Did you know that Fels-Naptha makes a great leather tanning solution??? It’s much safer than almost any other (chromium or solvent) method for tanning. In 1980, a friend and I tanned 30 deer hides….some for leather, and some with the hair on for rugs, with great success! The hides with the hair on, STILL retain the hair to this day! Use 1 bar per gallon of liquid….we reduced the bars to shavings first, over low heat (we did this in a big cast iron kettle over a campfire), then allowed it to cool. It turns into a runny “gel”. Then the hides need to be fully immersed for 1-2 months, depending on ambient temperature. Just thought I’d pass this along, as I’m preparing to do some tanning again just now.
- December 27, 2008 at 12:08 pm #407104
MrsH I use the powder also and have only seen great results. I have not ventured trying the liquid. I make up enough to store in an ice cream bucket. I will shave up several bars of soap and leave in one tub and then use a second tub to mix up the detergent. Works great and is so inexpensive!
- December 27, 2008 at 3:06 pm #407135
I wanted to let everyone know that is having trouble finding it that Cracker Barrel of all places sells it !!! I am in Jacksonville FL and they have there all the time $1.00 a bar I believe !!!! Crazy I know but they carry alot of “old timey” stuff !!!
- December 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm #407143
Wow! thanks for the tip! I never thought to look there! I should be near a Cracker Barrel on Jan 5th so I’ll run in and see!
- January 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm #408503
Just read the uses. It sounds like a regular bar of cp soap. same uses at least. anyone use both and can tell me what the difrence is?? or maybe whats in it?
- January 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm #408604
I was just wondering… where is it located in your grocery store? Next to the other bar soaps or near the laundry detergent? We have Publix here but I am not sure where to look since I’ve never seen it before. And the Washing Soda is that by the laundry detergents too? Thanks!
- January 7, 2009 at 12:49 pm #408612
If you are using the liquid version of this homemade soap (laundry soap, Borax, and Washing Soda) and cannot get the clumps out, try adding a half cup of any cheap regular store-bought liquid detergent. It has chemicals in it that keeps the detergent from clumping. And, if using the powdered version and use only cold water for washing clothes, you first have to mix your homemade powered detergent in a couple of cups of warm or hot water first to dissolve it, then add to the cold water in washing machine.
You can use a small plastic container with a lid, such as from cottage cheese container, etc.
- January 7, 2009 at 1:52 pm #408620
I have not made the detergent yet. I am waiting on my bottle to empty too. I hope it works in the HE washers.
I found the soap at Kroger. I love all these tips. This is a great post. Thanks everyone.
- January 7, 2009 at 1:54 pm #408621
The washing soda, soap ( either Fels Naptha or Zote) and laundry booster were all located in the laundry isle at the grocery stores I purchased them at, including Walmart. We don’t have a Publix here in Oregon, so I can’t speak about their store layouts.
Have a great day~
- January 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm #408629
at my Publix it is located in the laundry detergent isle, I found it on a top shelf. Publix has wonderful customer service. If you call them they will probably look for it, and tell you exactly where in the store it is and if they carry it.
- January 7, 2009 at 3:26 pm #408632
Before I try making this, which I want to do. Will the homemade soap work for hand washing? I hand wash most of our clothes, they last longer, plus normally they get cleaner.
Not working at this time and only the two of us, I kinda enjoy it. I also line dry everything except towels and sheets. In MN this is difficult in the winter, but my shower rod has a 2nd purpose as well.
Also are there other uses for the washing soda, Fels Naptha (or Zote) and laundry booster ?
- January 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm #408659
Yes the soap mix will work on your hand wash items.
You can use the washing soda for cleaning, same with the borax it has the information on the side of the box of all the different uses for it. Very good bargain for the money. Does a lot of versatile things.
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