I need a translation from American to a European version, What is fels naphta soap and can you use soap in a front loading washing machine? I always thought you have to use low suds detergent otherwise you do damage to your washing machine. Can anyone enlighten me, please?
Cettina from Malta
Fels naptha, octagon, zote, all the laundry bar soaps are low sudsing and are fine for HE washers-your front loaders, Use Zote for babies. Fels Naptha and Octagon have a lot of chemicals in it. the original makers-brothers-actually added ingredients to the old old formula and actualy it has been stated to contain an ingredient that can cause cancer and skin irritation. that is why it is good for acne. Zote. Lirio, or any laundry bar soap from Latino stores or Afro-Carribbean stores are good for washing clothes and safe. You want pure soap or lye soap-the lye is used up in the soap making process so it is not an issue in the final product.
By Ray White05/21/2010
Would someone please post the recipe they use for laundry detergent? I bought Fels Naptha, Borax, and will get A&H Washing Soda tomorrow.
It seems there are quite a few different recipes for laundry soap, and I'd like to know what works best for you. I'm finding some recipes only require one tablespoon of the finished product to get great results, but others call for 1/2 cup or more.
By Karen Milne (Guest Post)08/16/2008
My understanding is that Fels Naptha is low in the suds production. That is one of the things I've read today as I look up home made detergent recipes
i found this link. Dial Corporation makes Fels Naptha Soap Bars: you can see where it is sold in your area:
By Linda (Guest Post)05/16/2008
Zote works. It is made in Mexico, I could not find the fels naptha and my daughter in law told me about this. I have made it several times and I love it. I don't know who else carries this but Super One store /Brookshires carry it in my area. It works well. Has a soft scent .
By Mary (Guest Post)05/14/2008
I have a recipe for Laundry Soap that uses 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap OR one whole bar of Ivory Soap. I hope this helps.
By MD (Guest Post)05/11/2008
Hi, I am interested in making detergent soaps to help poor people in their need of washing soap. Most of the recipes on web sites are made of materials that are impossible to find on the market for ex; fels napha soap. No body dare to give a substitute or equivalent. Thank you MD
By Squarem (Guest Post)05/07/2008
What is the equivalent fels naptha soap here in the Philippines?
As for the ingredients for octagon soap I called colgate and got the ingredient list and no it isn't all natural. Here it is sulphuric acid, water, clay, pentasoduum trisulphate, dark soap(cleaner), citriic acid(pH neutrilizer), EDTA (perservative), salt, fragrance, color and they won't tell you what the frangrance or color is unless you have a doctor's note.
By lisingreece (Guest Post)10/08/2007
I live in Greece. Can anyone tell me what kind of bar soap I might be able to purchase locally as I would LOVE to try making my own laundry soap. Thank you.
By Jolene (Guest Post)10/07/2007
I have severe allergies to toxic chemical substances and to perfumes. I had some Fels-Naptha shipped to me as I was lookibng for organic cleaning products. I had a strong allergic reaction to it, even after double-bagging it in Ziploc bags. Apparently in its modern form, it does contain some toxic ingredients as well as perfumes. See: http://www.dld123.com/q&a/qandatemp.php?id=Q61
By (Guest Post)08/11/2007
maybe i missed it, but now i'm curious. what is your recipe for this wonderful cleaner?
I have been reading all the tips on this site and am going to try making my own laundry soap. I like the recipe using the Fels-Naptha, however I don't think it is available here in Toronto. Is it possible to use any other laundry bar soap like sunlight for example or am I limited to the Fels Naptha or Ivory?
By Fran H
They have a Customer Affairs line 1-800-221-4607. You could ask them where it is available or if you can buy in bulk and have it shipped.
This soap has cleaned dirt I NEVER thought could be cleaned!! It cleans EVERYTHING!! (09/27/2005)
By Fran Marie
By Terry Lynn
I sat down and did a calculation and figured that it cost me about $0.78 for approximately 8 litres of detergent!
After my success with laundry detergent, I made more fabric softener, some dish detergent, all purpose cleaner, disinfectant, and shower gel. I will never spend money on the store bought products again.
By Terry Lynn
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