Shaving Fels Naptha

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  1. connie in WV

    connie in WV Site Admin's Boss

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    Please, people, tell me that you have come up with a quick, easy way to shave Fels Naptha for homemade laundry soap! :soap:
     
  2. Step

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    If your only going to use one bar, take a large knife and cut the soap into small chunks and put into a gallon of water, heat for a while, add your Borax and Washing soap, heat for a while longer and stir. Turn off stove and let sit over night and your ingredients will thicken. Using a stick wand (blender), whip cooled thick ingredients into a liquid paste.
     

  3. Michele of MI

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    I grate mine on a cheese grater in the middle of the living room. This is fast because my family see's what I'm doing and they all want to help... 5 minutes or less per bar of soap. It's pretty quick even without the help (probably faster actually).
     
  4. linn

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    I cut the bar into chunks and run it through the grating attachment on my food processor. This is the fastest and easiest way I have used.
     
  5. Sarabeth

    Sarabeth Learning to love today...

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    Put the bar of soap in a pie plate in the microwave. I do 30 seconds at a time. It will puff up into a big spongy looking ball. Let it cool completely, and you can crumble it with your fingers....
     
  6. NostalgicGranny

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    I whack mine up in the food processor. Before that I used the cheese grater and grated by hand.
     
  7. MullersLaneFarm

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    Fels Naptha does this??? Man, I'm going to have to get some just so I can do this!!! cool!
     
  8. JR05

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    I just might have to try that too! I put mine is the an food processer with lthe other ingredients and mix.
     
  9. pafish6

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    I use an old veggie peeler and then run it thru an old black and decker mini chopper. but I will have to try the microwave next time. that seems much "funner!"
     
  10. Spinner

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    I wonder if an old salad shooter would work?
     
  11. pafish6

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    this really does work! it took about 1 minute, 45 seconds in my microwave. thank you for saving me time!
     
  12. Woodpecker

    Woodpecker In Remembrance

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    Thanks for this tip! I just did this with my bar of Dr. Bronner's.
     
  13. MSMH

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    I always wanted to try making laundry soap from Fels Naptha. This definitely sounds doable. Is this on "high?" (How many watts?)
     
  14. Kriket

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    WOAH!! A plastic pie plate people! All the pie making implements I have are metal!

    Where are you getting the Fels Naptha? All I have ever been able to find is the bar in the grocery that isn't really Fels Naptha, is that what you're using?

    Sadly, laundery detergent isn't something that I have made myself yet. I have about 10L stockpiled, maybe after that runs out I will give it a go.

    Does anyone wash diapers in their home-made Fels Naptha soap? We have prefolds mostly, they seem to come clean in everything. But the husband likes his AIOs, which are a bioch to wash.
     
  15. tiffnzacsmom

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    Will have to try the microwave process when I make my next batch.
     
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    I can't wait to try the microwave trick. With my arthritis it kills my hands to grate and it. Thanks a million!!
     
  17. MullersLaneFarm

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    What do you mean that the bar of Fels Naptha at the store isn't really Fels Naptha?? What is it then?
     
  18. Michele of MI

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    Kriket, I have used the homemade laundry detergent on cloth diapers with no problem. I use vinegar in the rinse cycle, and run a second rinse after that, but only because my daughter has sensitive skin. I may try the Dr. Bronners next time instead of the Fels-Naptha though.
     
  19. country_wife

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    I do mine on the cheese grater. It doesn't take any time at all. Speaking of...I have a giveaway at my blog and the prize is three bars of Fels-Naptha.
     
  20. NostalgicGranny

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    You can use zote or octagon. Some people even use ivory soap.