Laundry Tip: Stain Fighting with Fels-Naptha

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This post contains affiliate links.  Chances are you have heard of the soap Fels-Naptha. It is a common ingredient in home made laundry soap. Many years ago, before the home made laundry soap became all the rage, my mother-in-law gave me a bar of Fels-Naptha. She said it was fantastic for fighting stains. It really is! If you haven’t tried it, you must get a bar and try it out! 

Above you see Kaitlyn’s fleece pants. She wore them to a soccer practice. I didn’t notice the grass stains until after I had washed and dried them. I was folding her pants and saw the stain (this is a major hazard of having kids sort the laundry to be washed). At first I thought, “Eh. Oh well.” They are just fleece pants and really the purpose is for things like soccer practice. So they are stained. Plus they had gone through the dryer and it would be a tough battle if I chose to take it on.

Then I remembered my Fels-Naptha. I decided to give it a try.

Above is the after. There is still some green there, but it isn’t so noticeable. I actually gave it another scrubbing and it is even better.

Above you see leggings. These had matching stains on each knee. I decided I would do Fels-Naptha on one knee and not the other to see the results. Pretty amazing right? I have since used Fels-Naptha to get both knees looking good as new. 

All you need is some stained clothes (you probably have some of those if you have kids), a bar of Fels-Naptha, and some sort of brush. The brush pictured to the left isn’t ideal for all fabrics–it is very hard. I use it when there is a bad stain and I will either be getting the stain out or the clothing item will be moved to play clothes only status. You can use something like a toothbrush if you have more delicate fabric.

Here is how I do it. 

  1. I get the stain wet. 
  2. I get the tip of the bar of Fels-Naptha wet. 
  3. I rub the bar over the stain. 
  4. I then rub the soap in with the brush a bit.
  5. I then run the stain under water for a bit again. This is so the fabric will get more wet.
  6. I rub the stain with the Fels-Naptha again. 
  7. I then use the brush and really scrub it out. 
  8. I toss it in the washer and wash it. 

This works even on old stains that are set in. You can get a 4 pack for less than $10 on Amazon (see link below). One bar will last you a really long time, so find 3 friends and go in on it together. It is so worth it!

See Also:

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Quick Cleaning: Laundry Day

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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1 Comment

  1. maria smith
    May 27, 2015 / 10:31 PM

    It takes a lot of experience to know how to get out all those stains. I teach my kids to use a stain removal product to do the deep cleaning. But it's interesting to try natural products to handle that.

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