As part of the Purex Insiders Program, I was selected to participate in the Purex Fels Naptha Laundry Bar Promotion. Y’all know by know that living with three young boys that I am quite acquainted with dirty laundry, and stains of many varieties. I love being able to use the internet (especially Pinterest) to find new and creative ways to win the Stain Battle. When they boys were younger, I was losing the war. Nothing that I tried was working on removing grass, grease, mustard, red juice, and blood from their clothes. I kept reading suggestions to use some shaved slivers of Fels Naptha, but I honestly had no idea what that was, and couldn’t find it in my local store. Finally, I thought to look on Amazon for it, and was pleasantly surprised to see that a 5.5 ounce bar is just $1.09. If you need a small add-on item to reach the $25 for Free Shipping (or Subscribe and Save Item to get the 15% discount instead of 5%), I’d highly encourage you to consider this item.
I enjoy learning about the history of products that I am thinking of trying, so I have a good idea of whether or not it will work for me, before I make a purchase. Fels Naptha has been around since 1893. While it looks like a bar of body soap, it’s found in the laundry section of supermarkets and grocery stores. Once I knew what it looked like, it was easy for me to find in the store. You can use it as a pre-treatment for stains by running one end under water and rubbing it on the soiled item. Now, the items I first tried this on were items I was on the verge of tossing or using for dust rags. These shirts had huge stains on the front where someone had eaten something greasy, and dripped huge grease spots. My other tried and true stain removal techniques had failed. They were perfectly fine (expensive) shirts, other than the stains, so I was willing to try anything to prevent throwing them out or cutting them up.
I took a Fels-Naptha Bar, dampened the end, and rubbed it on the greasy stain. I also purchased a small grater to use exclusively for laundry, and I grated up one half of the bar. I like one with a box so it stays contained, and I can store the other half of the bar inside the box until I need to use it again. You can add the grated portion to a wash cycle in the washing machine, and it will help treat residual stains. *Note: I always check to make sure the stains are completely gone before putting the item in the dryer, because the heat can cause the stain to set in.
What are some other uses for Fels Naptha Soap?
- Poison Ivy Treatment. Launder clothes with grated soap to remove the resin. Some people use it directly on the area of skin affected by the poison ivy, sumac, or oak to help dry up the rash. There IS a warning from the manufacturer on the bar that it can cause skin irritation, so use caution if you choose to attempt this. People have been doing this for over 100 years (Wikipedia).
- To make homemade Laundry Soap (1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha, 1/2 Cup Washing Soda (I use Arm & Hammer), 1/2 cup 20 mule team borax mix. Mix and store in air tight container, use 2 Tbsp per load. *I do NOT know if this is safe for HE, I used it in my washing machine (bought in 1996) for years though.
- To clean a shower or tub
- Pest Control
- Cleaning grout – rub soft toothbrush across bar, then scrub grout
- As an ingredient in making homemade Deer Repellent
Disclosure: Purex provided me with a sample of Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.
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