Where Can I Buy Fels Naptha Soap?

Finding and Substituting the Heavy-Duty Laundry Soap

Fels-Naptha Soap
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Fels Naptha Soap is a common ingredient in homemade laundry detergent, but these days it can be quite difficult to find. If you look in the right stores, it should be available and if it isn't there are substitutes that may be easier to locate.

Where to Find Fels Naptha Soap

Fels Naptha is made by Dial under the Purex label and is sold in individual bars as well as multi-bar packs. It has a white, red and green wrapper.

As most consumers choose to purchase pre-made laundry detergents, Fels Naptha is not as common as it once was. However, you can often find it in these locations:

  • The laundry aisle in grocery stores and big-box stores
  • Hardware stores
  • International grocery stores

And if you still can't find it, you can buy it on Amazon.

Fels Naptha Warnings

Fels Naptha is a heavy-duty laundry soap that has been used for over 100 years and has long been a popular option when washing clothes. It also makes quick work of oil, grease and other tough stains when used as a pre-treatment. 

As more people turn to 'green-living' and want to make their own natural laundry detergents, Fels Naptha has been under scrutiny for some of its ingredients. LiveStrong.com has a breakdown of these concerns, including the ingredient titanium dioxide. 

The producers of Fels Naptha make it very clear that you should avoid direct contact with your skin because it is an irritant.

In fact, this soap has long been a common folk remedy for treating poison ivy and oak exposure on the skin. Using it in your laundry after coming in contact with those plants should also remove the irritant from clothes.

There are also claims that the fatty acids of Fels Naptha can wreak havoc with septic systems.

Savvy consumers may want to pay attention to these warnings and do more research before making your own decisions about whether or not to use Fels Naptha.

Fels Naptha Substitutes

Now that you are aware of the concerns for using and finding Fels Naptha, you may be wondering if there's an alternative. Yes, there is.

While Fels Naptha is a powerful booster in homemade laundry detergent, you can try any of these substitutes.

  • Zote Soap: As popular as Fels Naptha for laundry soaps, you might prefer Zote because it does not contain those concerning ingredients. Available in pink and white bars, it has a citronella-like scent and may be more readily available at big-box stores.
  • Castile Soap: Look for all-natural ingredients and many are available either scented or unscented. Kirk's and Dr. Bonner's are two brands recommended by DIY detergent users.
  • Ivory Soap: A gentle, dye- and heavy perfume-free bath soap, Ivory can be used in place of Fels Naptha. This may not be as 'pure and clean' a soap as its advertising suggests, but it is available at almost any store.