Laundry, the epitome of motherhood. Ugh- the mountain of clothes piling in the laundry room calling a mother’s name daily. I wash so many clothes a week I’m pretty sure there are three more children living here that I haven’t met. Washing clothes is the worst, but spending oodles amount of my precious time treating the stains on those clothes is just another form of torture. As a mother we don’t have the luxury of nice clothes staying nice. But what if there was a product that has stood the test of time removing even the worst of stains? Allow me to introduce: Fels-Naptha.
Fels-Naptha has been around for years- in fact 100 years. Fels-Naptha was used by the pioneers. Back in the day they would take the bar and grade it into flakes for laundry detergent. Through the years, laundry detergent became liquid and improved, but that doesn’t diminish the quality of the time-tested Fels-Naptha. If not used for laundry detergent, use this product for stain removing. I have experience with the glorious stain removing power of Fels-Naptha in three different ways.
Turning White Gloves Stained Orange, White Again
My daughter likes to perform in plays. She was recently in the production of Willy Wonka as an Oompa Loompa. If you haven’t seen Gene Wilder’s iconic movie– you need too. But back to the play. My daughter painted her face neon orange every night and wore white gloves. Who gives kids covered in neon orange face paint and white gloves to wear four times a week for an entire month? Answer: the musical theater world in the production of Willy Wonka with an army of Oompa Loompas. So how is a mother supposed to keep these gloves white?
Now here’s where this post gets funny. I was so worried about getting these gloves washed and ready for the play the next day I never took an “after” picture. -EEK!- Sometimes I have every intention of writing a post and getting the right pictures for a post, but forget to take pictures. So you have to take my word- Fels-Napatha works and my daughter continued to wear her white gloves for the month.
Turning a White Shirt Stained Red, White Again
My toddler loves getting into my purse and one fateful Sunday my little man pulled out my bright red Lipsense lipstick. I love Lipsense because once it’s on, this lipstick does not come off! (Ps- If you need a lipstick gal- head here to order the most addicting permanent lipstick.) But, what happens when my toddler decides to apply bright red permant lipstick all over his face and white Sunday shirt moments before church? I peel off the ruined shirt, throw it in the sink and grabbed my handy bar of Fels-Naptha. Again, no before or after pictures of the Sunday shirt to “prove” the amazing powers of the pioneer bar. But, happily my little man is still wearing the Sunday shirt that I thought was ruined and completely saved by Fels- Naptha.
Turning Mustard-Poop-Clothes, to Clothes Again
No pictures for this story either- you’re welcome. I’m sure all of you mother’s know what the mustard-poop looks like and you know how bad it stains baby clothes. There are times I’ve considered throwing out the clothing because the stain was so bad. Fear-not, Fels-Naptha to the rescue! Just this week my family and I were camping and my baby had a massive blowout. Once I was home hours later I tossed the clothes in the sink, rubbed the Fels-Naptha bar against this clothes, rinse. Wash the clothes on the bar yet again then let the clothing soak overnight. Depending on the stain I do this process a couple of times and then for the final time leave the detergent on the clothing toss it in the washer. Good news this process works- and baby’s clothes saved!
Bonus hack! Green Wash Balls:
K, Jennica here, inserting my fave laundry hack that’s saving my wallet! These wash balls cost about $8 on Amazon and they are supposed to wash unlimited loads of laundry WITHOUT detergent! A friend mentioned she uses them to avoid adding cancer-causing detergents and chemicals to their families’ clothing. I was intrigued by the simplicity of buying one product that stays in my washer and not having to continually buy and dump in more and more detergent. Also, think about how much packaging I’ll no longer need to dispose of… And the biggest thing: How much money we’ll save just over the course of each year, skipping the Tide pickup! I estimate spending about $90 each year on laundry detergent for my family of 6- that’s using 80 % Tide and 20 % the-cheapest-bagged-detergent-they-sell-at-Walmart: Foca.
How well does the green wash ball work?
I’ve been using it for over two months and for the first month, I just had one ball. In smaller loads it worked great! But, I’m usually filling my washer to max capacity, so I noticed most of my loads didn’t come out smelling clean. So, I started tossing in a fraction of the detergent I used to use and that did the trick well… But then I decided to try two balls. That is perfect for us! My clothes always come out smelling clean and looking just as clean as when I used Tide!
But HOW does it clean the clothes with out soap?
Detergent does its cleaning by changing the pH level in the water. That’s exactly what happens in this wash ball. There are ceramic beads in the ball and when they are agitated, they cause friction; altering the pH level in your water. The company does recommend setting the balls out in the sun from time to time- I’ll let you look into more details about that on their Amazon page if you’re interested: click here.
I also got the wool dryer balls everyone’s been talking about for a few years now. They are supposed to speed up drying time and be a more natural way to reduce static clean and wrinkles than dryer sheets. So far, I think they work about the same as the dryer sheets I was using. Might as well make the switch: less chemicals, less brain power and $ needed to keep dryer sheets stocked, and less waste to save our little planet! 😉 K, back to Morgan now..!
Fels-Naptha has been around for years because it is a phenomenal product that has stood the test of time. The pioneers used this product for their laundry needs and Fels-Naptha works fantastic as a stain remover too. The Oompa Loompa orange stained gloves were turned back to white, Sunday shirt was preserved from permanent lipstick and mustard covered baby clothes were rescued yet again. Fels-Naptha is ridiculously cheap on Amazon, especially when you can buy it in stock for under five dollars! Fels-Naptha works as a stain remover and even laundry detergent but however you choose to use this product, it is the perfect laundry hack! Try this product and share your success below. Laundry tasking mamas- must unite!
Good luck laundry-doing mom.
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