Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Homemade Laundry Detergent and Fels-Naptha {Review}

06 December 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent and Fels-Naptha {Review}

I have been wanting to make my own laundry soap for awhile. When I was accepted to become a Purex Insider and saw they were looking for people to test a Fels-Naptha bar, I applied. Fels-Naptha
is a powerful laundry bar that works overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around-the-collar. With over 100 years of removing America’s stains, you can rest assured that this laundry bar knows how to tackle your toughest stains.
I was able to make a batch of laundry detergent. It's SO easy, I don't know why I waited so long to make it.


Grate the Fels-Naptha bar. It was chunkier than I wanted, so I then put it in an old food processor to make it a finer powder.

After grating.

After going through the food processor.
Add 1 cup washing soda {make sure you get washing soda-not baking soda} and 1 cup borax. Mix thoroughly. You can even add some essential oils; I added wild orange and lemon essential oils to this batch.

When using the detergent to wash clothes, use 2-3 Tbsp. If you want to add an extra boost to your wash, add some oxy-clean.

Other uses for Fels-Naptha:
  • Pretreating stains: Wet stain with water. Rub Fels-Naptha on stain. Sit for a few minutes. Wash garment as usual. I did this recently with my daughter's sweater. She got chocolate milk on her white hood-don't ask me how. I forgot about the stain. When I went to wash her clothes a few days later, I was mad at myself for being absent minded. I made the hood damp, 
  • Laundry booster: Grate part of the soap into the wash and wash as usual.
Have you ever made homemade laundry detergent?


  1. How neat! Have you been able to calculate how much $ it saves?

  2. I have never tried to make my own detergent, but my college roommate posted a laundry soap recipe on her blog. It looked so complicated that I never tried it. For me, the cost savings isn't really worth the time; however, my family has a lot of sensitivities to traditional detergents so I would make my own if we could avoid skin reactions.

  3. Interesting. Is Fels-Naptha a nontoxic detergent? I've never made my own laundry soap, we have a brand that we really love, but I do have several friends who like to make their own and love it!

  4. I've used the bar as a stain remover and it works well.

    slehan at juno dot com

  5. thank you on sharing this. often wondered how to make my own.