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Laundry is not my favorite chore but it is still a chore that we all have to do. I actually don’t mind the laundry so much. It’s the folding that takes more time!
As every Mom knows, one of the main jobs when doing laundry is getting out stains of all sorts. With an active 17 month old son and a teacher husband, I have a variety of stains that come through our laundry basket.
In an effort to preserve our cloths, I tried countless brands of commercial stain removers. Shout, Resolve, special sports cleaners…I even tried making my own with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and Dawn. Have you seen that recipe floating around Pinterest? They all worked okay, but none of these were truly effective. Plus, store bought sprays are expensive!
Imagine my delight when I stumbled across the old-fashioned remedy for stain removal that our Grandmothers used to use. It’s a simple $0.97 bar of yellow soap called Fels Naptha. I don’t know what is in Fels Naptha but I am always amazed at how well this soap works on stains!
Yes, it requires a bit of elbow grease in that you actually need to rub the soap into the stains (compared to spraying and washing) but it gets out even the toughest of stains! Trust me when I say that I have used this on countless blow out baby diapers (you remember those!) and am always amazed when there is no stain remaining.
My technique is simple. I pile clothes with stains on top of the dryer. When it’s time to do laundry, I took those stained clothes to the sink, rub the stains with Fels Naptha and rinse them out. Most of the time, the stain is already completely gone – even after it’s sat. If there is a bit remaining, I’ll rub the stain again with Fels Naptha but won’t rinse it this time. I’ll toss it in the washing machine and any remaining stain comes out in the wash.
Want proof? Take a look at some examples from my laundry basket. It’s harder to take before and after pictures than one would think but I tried my best.
When my family was here around the holidays, we had some cranberry juice that got spilled on my new white Christmas tablecloth. The angle of the comparison pictures is slightly off, but notice that the red stain is completely gone after using Fels Naptha!
Here’s another example. This one is spaghetti sauce that missed the bib on my toddler son’s Sunday shirt. A quick rub with Fels Naptha and here’s proof again. Stain completely gone!
This works on dirty dress shirts (with that ring around the collar that they get), grass stains, dried in mud, and yes, blowout diapers. I’ve tried it on countless stains and have always been amazed at what this little bar of yellow soap can do.
To date, the only stain that it has NOT worked on is when my husband left some red paper tickets in his khaki shorts pocket that bleed through. While Fels Naptha did lighten the stain, those khaki shorts are forever stained pink. To be fair, none of the commercial sprays worked either. (I tried them again after the Fels Naptha as a last resort.)
If you are looking for a frugal stain remover that really works, pick up a bar of Fels Naptha on your next trip to the grocery store. I have bought it at my local grocery store (Meijer) and seen it on the shelves at Walmart as well. Both places had it priced at $0.97 when I last bought a bar. The other thing to note? One bar of soap will last you a long time! I’ve been using the same bar for over a year and still have half the bar remaining.
If you don’t have time to run out to the store, you can always pick up a bar of Fels Naptha at Amazon for a tiny bit more. Still, it’s a bargain compared to other stain removers! After you try it, you may want to buy more bars to share with all your friends. It’s truly that good of a laundry stain removal!
Let me know what you think after you try this soap. I don’t make this recommendation lightly, but I think you’ll love what Fels Naptha can do for the stains in your clothes!