Fels Naptha Soap: Review & Giveaway

Today, I feel like I’m getting all Duggars/homeschooling/Little House on the Prairie, and telling you about Fels Naptha Soap.

Why am I characterizing Fels Naptha Soap that way? It may just be my stereotype, but I always associate this soap with homesteading types. I think of it as a big ingredient in homemade laundry soap, and it is indeed that. And, thanks to my lofty status as a Purex Insider and my super-awesome coupon/bargain skills, I’ve always been able to purchase laundry detergent cheaper than I can make it. However, with my area ending double coupons, I may someday be in the position where I need to spend my afternoons whipping up my own toilet cleaner, glass cleaner, baby wipes (even though I don’t have a baby, because that’s just what super housewives do), and yes — laundry soap.

I’m happy to report that I found Fels Naptha Soap to be so much more than just an ingredient in homemade laundry soap.

It purported to remove all kinds of stains, and so I put it to the test: a stubborn spot on one of the girls’ favorite band shirts — see it, just to the bottom right of the soap?

Fels Naptha Soap stainSo I scrubbed on the stain with the Fels Naptha (enjoying, as I did, the clean, fresh smell), and I’m happy to report that it did a great job:

Fels Naptha Soap stain

See the stain? Not hardly, huh? That’s because the Fels Naptha did a great job on it.

It is:

  • great for dirt, grease, and ring around the collar
  • great for pre-treating stains; safe for colors
  • easier and more effective than sprays

I wondered how the soap got its unusual name. A bit of research reveals that Philadelphia manufacturer Joseph Fels came up with the soap in the 1890s as a home remedy for poison ivy. As for naptha, wellapparently that normally refers to a number of flammable liquid mixtures of hydrocarbons.

Would you like to try Fels Naptha? Purex Insiders would love to provide coupons for two of you to do just that! Enter using the rafflecopter form below by August 28; I’ll choose random winners August 29.

Added note: Purex is holding a sweepstakes as well, to celebrate Fels Naptha’s 120th year. One lucky winner will win $500, and 119 second place winners will receive a coupon for a free bar of Purex® Fels-Naptha Laundry bar. That’s 120 winners for every year Fels-Naptha has been helping remove America’s toughest stains!
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61 thoughts on “Fels Naptha Soap: Review & Giveaway

  1. Grandma Schulte and Mother both made homemade lye soap. I continue to have little more than a sliver of mother’s soap which I faithfully rub onto the most stubborn of stains.
    As to making detergent, I say “Hogwash”! I mean, CVS and other spots about give it away. I don’t know why anybody bothers their pretty little head fooling with making detergent.
    Go fly a kite instead.
    More advice: Don’t buy TIDE! It’s overrated and so expensive.

  2. I’ve been using it for a few years, it’s part of the recipe for the detergent I make. It works amazingly well and I just love the way it smells!

  3. I love this soap. It works so well when we’ve been out quad riding or working on them and our hands get super dirty. I also use it on fabrics when I have to hand wash them. Great quality and a history that means a lot.

  4. I’m considering beginning to make laundry detergent after I retire, in order to save money. “Schoolmarm’s” comments are not very encouraging however.

  5. I just started making my own laundry soap and I used it for the first time. I would love to win it again!

  6. I used naptha soap for the first time today! I used to remove the hard stains from my son white school shirts before the laundry system. This soap REALLY WORKS!!!

  7. I haven’t tried it, but I have heard good things about it and I love everything the purex brand has

  8. I’ve used it in my homemade laundry soap. It saves a ton of money!

  9. I haven’t used it but was looking for it the other day in the super market but couldn’t find it!

  10. I have never used Fels Naptha before but I would love to try it. I’ve heard great things. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

  11. I have never used fels naptha before but I really do want to try making my own laundry soap.

  12. I have never used it, but would like to try the laundry soap you make with it

  13. I haven’t used it yet. I purchased it though, just need to buy one more ingredient to try my hand at homemade laundry detergent.

    hannah on the form

  14. I love Fels Naptha and use it to make homemade laundry detergent!

  15. Never tried it, but would love to! I use Purex laundry detergent with Oxi clean it works really well!

  16. I’ve never tried it, but have been starting to make my own pretty much everything. Right up my alley right now!

  17. I use fels Naptha , borax and washing soda, to make my own laundry detergent, Thank you for the chance to win!

  18. I am always looking for something new in detergents.

  19. I have never used it but I hope I win so I can get a grease stain out of one of my favorite shirts!

  20. I’ve never tried it, but my son is just starting to feed myself and I’m either going to have to let him eat in his diaper or get a better stain fighter! Hope this works! :) (rafflecopter: alycia cartwright morell)

  21. I have not tried this, but I just found a recipe I want to try for homemade laundry detergent. Great timing!

  22. I have never used it, but would love to try the product. Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. I shave the Fels Naptha bar with a cheese grater and add it to our powder laundry soap.

  24. I have been using Fels Naptha bars for a little while now to make laundry soap. It works well and smells really good.

  25. I love it when I make laundry detergent. It really gets stains out better than anything else I have tried.

  26. I have not yet tried Fels Naptha, but plan to buy a bar soon for stain removal!

  27. Yes, I have used it before when I make my own homemade laundry soap! It works great!

  28. I’ve never tried it, but it is an ingredient in a laundry detergent recipe I’d like to try. Thanks!

  29. I have never tried it, and I am forever trying to get stains out of my kids’ clothing!

  30. Seen this in the laundry aisle.. curious about it but never have tried!

  31. I have tried it before and used it for stains. Works great.

  32. I use it directly on stains and to make my own laundry detergent.

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