You're actually not the first person to suggest this laundry soap bar for formula spots. In fact, another lady suggested taking a bar with you when you travel to keep from having to presoak everything later.
***Update: It seems just about unanimous, readers keep recommended this soap bar for formula stains. Here's what some more ladies said:
Virginia said: I have saved clothes that were stored with formula stains for several years (sentimental to me) and then I found this amazing and cheap soap that really works.
Lorrie says: Love it. My mother-in-law told me about this when my kids were babies. Works great on formula stains and lasts a long time.
I have used it on baby formula, baby food, grass, blood, and just about any other kind of crud you can think of.
I first discovered Fels when a nurse at my son's doctor's office told me that she uses it for the stains she gets on her uniforms, and that it was terrific in pretreating the collars on them as well as other shirts.
I also use it for my tops that require hand washing, and of course even though I try to avoid it, my son can really contribute a stain on them as well as my machine washables.
Needless to say, most of my clothing is now machine washable.
Then Xenia shared some tips of her own, which I've added to this page.
I agree with Sue that Fels is a great pretreater for sweat stains, and in addition for deodorant stains as well.
In fact, during the warmer seasons I generally rub a little Fels on the under arms of shirts even if there is no noticeable stain since deodorants can gradually build up on the material over time and cause stains to appear later.
This typically happens when you apply deodorant and don't let it dry before you finish dressing.
I also recommend washing with a detergent that contains baking soda, e.g. Arm and Hammer, or adding baking soda to the wash if you are using another detergent. This really helps to eliminate any odors.
Fels Is A Good Pretreater Plus Love Idea To Bring Some When Traveling
Barb originally shared this tip on the baby formula and spit up page (see link below) where lots of mothers of babies have been raving about how well this laundry bar cleans stains from these pesky stains.
One young mother suggested taking a bar with you when you travel, for pretreating stains on the go.
I'm glad to be able to introduce this good idea onto this page as well, with what Barb has shared.
Unusual Use For Fels Naptha: Treat Poison Oak & Poison Ivy For Both Skin & Clothes
Quite a few people have shared with me a similar tip about this soap -- that it works for poison ivy and poison oak.
I bathe in it after out hunting all day to kill any of the poison ivy I picked up along the way. Works wonders -- just don't get it in your eyes!
Love this stuff, but we found a new use for it this past summer. My daughter and I had a horrible case of poison oak.
The doctor told us after working outside and possibly coming in contact with the poison to take a shower and wash with this and to grate it up and use it in the wash it kills the oils.
He said when he was a kid and went to boyscout camp it was on the list of items you had to bring, and none of them ever got poison at camp.
I have used it on stains for years, but never for poison. FYI we get poison a lot (working outside in the woods) and we haven't had it since. I always have it on hand -- great stuff!
It is good to use when you get into poison ivy. It helps wash off the oils on your skin that cause the itchy rash.
Poison ivy! Its crazy but works. Lather up and let it dry then rinse it off. It helps break up the urushol oils that cause the rash and itching:)
I remember Mom having me wash up with this after playing in the woods or weeding. In my teens I sat on the counter and washed my legs from my knees down in the laundry tub with Fels Naptha. Two days later I broke out from poison ivy from my KNEES UP, where I had NOT used it. It WORKS!!!
I also use it now to make my own laundry detergent as well. Works great, and SOOOO much cheaper than ever buying it.
More Uses For Fels Naptha Shared By Facebook Readers
When I shared this page of the site on the Stain Removal 101 Facebook page I got a couple of comments from fans giving me some more ideas for how to use this product. I liked them so much, I am sharing them with you here.
As a stain stick and a toilet bowl cleaner. I put a couple tbsp of "homemade" laundry soap and some vinegar in at night and then scrub in the morning.
We used this when we lived in the tipi on Black Mountain with its volcanic dirt lol! We grated it and used it for laundry after pretreating collars and stains with it.
A bar or two under the seats/in the trunk in the car also will repel mice if you live in the sticks.
I can't find Fels Naptha at my grocery store. Where can you buy it?
I have looked for this product for years. Can never find it. Have inquired at all stores in my area, and no one sells it. I may have to order online.
Thanks for your question.
I looked around my local store for it recently too, and couldn't find it either.
You can ask your local store to order it for you, and they might do so.
The other possibility is to get it online.
Additional Answers From Readers
Reader #1 says: I found it today at Publix, if you are lucky enough to have one in your area. If not, check e-bay or Ace Hardware. Good Luck!
Reader #2 says: Wal Mart carries it for $0.97 per bar.
Myra says: Sometimes you will find it in the section of the grocery store where they have the bath soap even though it is only for laundry. This is because it is very unusual to find laundry soap in bar form.
Peggy says: I found it today at Krogers. $1.19. it was in the laundry section, not where the soap is.
Twila says: I use this all the time. Buy it at Rural King
Tori says: My Walmart has it. . . I use it to make my own laundry detergent. Haven't purchased detergent in a couple of years now.
Denise says: I LOVE this product! Oddly enough though I didn't find it in the laundry aisle, it was next to Dial bar soap in the "cleanser" aisle!
Taylor's Answer, Updated:
When I first answered this question it was difficult to find this laundry soap bar in stores, but making your own laundry detergent has become much more popular recently.
Because of this many more stores now carry it than they used to, since it is a common ingredient in many recipes.
I have recently seen it in the laundry aisle of Walmart myself, just as other readers said above.
Just look in the high or low aisles of the laundry section of your favorite store, since it doesn't cost much so it isn't given premium eye level shelf space!
Fels Naptha Soap - Lots Of Uses For Cleaning And Stain Removal
by Abby M.
Abby has shared how she uses Fels Naptha soap throughout her home.
Fels Naptha Laundry Soap and stain remover is a product I use regularly. It is one of the best, and least expensive, products on the market that actually works. It's no wonder it's been on the market for over 100 years!
It has a clean, fresh scent and it's handy to use. It can either be used as a bar soap, or you can "flake" it with a food processor or a knife and keep it in a waterproof container.
I have used this product as a regular laundry soap, in a pinch, and a stain remover or laundry additive.
Not only that, but it can be used to remove blood stains and poison ivy resin from clothes.
In addition, I've gotten ball point ink on my favorite silk/linen blend blouse and I was sure I would never get it out. I tried alcohol but it was drying on the fabric and only lightened it. Sure enough, I got out my Fels Naptha soap bar, wet down the spot I wanted to treat, rubbed a little soap on it and left it to sit for about 40 minutes. I came back and put it in the washer, with normal soap and a few extra Fels Naptha soap flakes and voila! Out came the ink stain! It was fantastic!
It can also be placed in a light water mixture to remove aphids from your garden plants.
Finally, one of the best things about it is a bar of it at my local store costs me about $.99.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone as a cheap and effective stain remover for your laundry!
Thanks Abby for sharing your uses for Fels Naptha soap.
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