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Head into my laundry room and you will find several bars of Fels-Naptha soap. This laundry bar soap is one of my favorite cleaning products hands down. Despite the fact that it was created as a laundry soap, there are so many ways to use Fels Naptha that it just makes so much sense to me to always have it handy.
One of the reasons that I love Fels-Naptha so much is because it is incredibly cheap.
Here in the US, I can pick it up at Walmart for less than $1.00 per bar. If you can’t find it at Walmart, Amazon sells it as well.
As always, I love anything that helps me to save money and since there are so many uses for Fels Naptha, it definately does that!
Like I said, It’s one of my favorite cleaning products period!
Ways to Use Fels-Naptha Soap
When you use Fels Naptha, a little usually goes a long way which means that is a dollar well spent.
At that price, I can afford to buy a few bars to experiment with and I’m fairly certain you can as well. After all, experimenting with new products is how we all find new uses for things.
Since it is so cheap, we can all afford to buy a few bars of Fels-Naptha to find those new uses with.
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Uses for Fels-Naptha Soap
I will be honest and say that this soap hasn’t always been a favorite of mine. In fact, I was well into my thirties before I really understood how great a little bar of soap really can be.
Then, in 2015, I began a journey that I still continue today. I began to look for things to make at home to save money and make money with.
What began as a list of around 30 things is now a huge list and Fels Naptha is the main ingredient for a lot of those things.
And if I were to be honest with you; I would never go back to the way we used to live. Making things at home, drinking milk straight from the farm, eating eggs and produce grown and raised here at home; it’s all enhanced my life in ways I could never explain.
But we are here to discuss the ways to use Fels Naptha and since there are so many uses for Fels-Naptha that I am 100% certain that once you see them all, your home will be the same as mine; full of Fels Naptha!
The History of Fels-Naptha Soap
Created around 1893, Feby Fels and Company, Fels-Naptha was the first soap to contain the product Naptha. Naptha was a liquid hydrocarbon mixture that worked amazing as a laundry soap, but thankfully it was removed from the soap as it was a cancer risk.
As the new soap prospered, the company did as well. In 1964 it was sold to Purex which was then sold to Dial and further sold to Henkel in 2003.
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Is Fels Naptha Soap Safe?
Fels-Naptha was extremely popular during WW2 but over the years it dropped in popularity as convenience products made their ways to the shelves.
Recently though it has seen a resurgence since so many people are starting to recognize the value of saving money with depression era money saving tips or money saving tricks from World War 2.
As I stated earlier, originally, Fels-Naptha containerd the hydrocarbon Naptha. Since it was known to be a cancer causing carcinigen, it was removed.
After the removal, the soap became safe to yuse iand is no longer toxic. Even better, it still cleans just as well – if not better!
Is Fels-Naptha an Eye Irritant?
Fels Naptha is safe, however, it is a known eye and skin irritant with prolonged exposure.
Also, while Fels-Naptha isn’t labeled as a nasal irritant, I find that grating it does irritate my nose quite a bit so just keep that in mind when you’re looking for ways to use Fels-Naptha in your home.
If grating it does irritate your nose as it does mine, you can eliminate that issue by using a food processor to grate it for you.
How to Use Fels Naptha Soap
With all of that said, you will be fine as long as you aren’t sitting in a bucket of soapy water for hours. You can view the Fels Naptha MSDS sheet right HERE if you would like.
If you find that trying these uses for Fels-Naptha irritates you a bit more than you care for, you can give Zote soap a try.
My friend Jenn over at Simple at Home has an a really nice list of uses for Zote soap if you are interested.
Ways to Use Fels Naptha for Laundry
At it’s core, Fels Naptha is a laundry soap. It makes sense then to begin talking about how to use it in your laundry.
These are only a few of my favorites as I am sure there are plenty of different ways you could use it in the laundry room.
Make DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent
Starting with the most common way to use Fels Naptha, making DIY powdered laundry detergent is easy with this soap.
Combined with Borax and baking soda, Fels Naptha makes an amazing powdered laundry detergent.
If you need a good DIY Laundry Detergent recipe, mine can be found HERE.
Make a DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent with Fels Naptha
If you prefer liquid laundry detergent, you can use Fels Naptha to make that as well.
Use Fels Naptha to Make DIY Laundry Detergent Pods
I have a tutorial HERE if you would like to learn how to make them.
These make doing your laundry so much easier but are homemade so they are so much cheaper!
Use Fels-Naptha as a bleach alternative to brighten your whites
We don’t use bleach in our home as I have an allergy, but if you do, consider skipping it. Washing your whites in bleach too often can make them take on a yellow or dingy color.
In fact, it can even eat away at the fabric of your clothing which will only serve to cost you most money on clothing.
To keep that from happening, skip the bleach and use Fels-Naptha to help whiten them.
Simply dissolve one cup of grated Fels-Naptha into a sink full of warm water. Soak your white clothing for an hour then wash as you normally would.
When the whites come out, you will notice they are whiter, less dingy, and will be sparkling clean!
How to Remove Wine Stains
Spill wine? Grab a bar of Fels Naptha and dissolve the soap in 1-gallon hot water. Soak the stained item for one hour before you wash it.
Remove Chocolate Stains with Fels Naptha
Kids can be messy sometimes and chocoalte is one of the owrst stains to have to try and remove from clothes. That’s why this is one of the best uses for Fels Naptha that a parent can have in their arsenal.
To use Fels Naphta to remove chocolate, rub the stain with a wet bar of Fels Naptha. Then, soak the item in a Borax and water mixture for 30 minutes.
Wash as normal and the stain should come right out.
Make a Laundry Stain Pre-Treat Solution
Keeping your white clothing looking great isn’t the only laundry themed tip on this list of ways to use Fels-Naptha soap.
You can also use it to pre-treat stains so there is never a need to buy those expensive stain remover sticks or sprays!
Fels Naptha Laundry Pre-treat Spray Recipe
Pour into a glass spray bottle and use to pre-treat your laundry!
Remove baby formula stains with Fels-Naptha
Baby clothes are one of the few clothing items that keep their resale value. This means that if you’re looking to make money selling kids clothes, you want them to be looking their best.
Unfortunately, babies are not great at keeping stains for their clothes and baby formula is one of the worst to get out. Luckily, you can use Fels Naptha to remove baby formula stains pretty easily.
To do so, rub the stain with a wet bar of Fels-Naptha.
Soak it in 1 gallon of water with 1/2 cup dissolved Borax powder for 30 minutes. Wash like normal and the stains should be completely gone!