This handmade, old-fashioned hand cut soap is perfect for pre-treating stains, grimy spots, and other laundry mishaps before your regular laundering. It has powerful cleaning agents mixed right into the soap at trace. No mystery ingredients or unnecessary water or fillers in this product, so you can use it with confidence. This bar will last quite a while, as only a tiny amount is used in each application. Just dampen the stain and the corner of the bar, and give it a good scrub. Then put it in with the normal wash. This bar is not full of chemical enzymes and phosphate-based detergents like the commercial stuff, but works really well and has been well-tested against regular family stains.
This bar also makes an excellent laundry detergent if you use it in place of Fels Naptha in your favorite recipe. You can also just grate a tablespoon or so of it with a cheese grater, dissolve it in a quart of water, and make a very gentle hand-washing soap.
As an ecofriendly alternative to dish detergent, this bar can't be beat! To wash dishes, just swipe a dish cloth or scrubber around on the soap bar, and then wash away. It's fantastic!
Campers and backpackers will also find this to be an effective soap for washing clothes on the trail, it is biodegradable, fragrance-free, and lightweight. You can just shave a sliver off the bar with your pocket knife, dissolve it in hot water, and use it to wash your clothes. Or, you can rub the dry bar on the wet laundry and agitate it in a pot of water, and then rinse. Grate some in a pot of hot water to wash the dishes as it seems to be much more effective in camp than the standard castile stuff that leaves an oily residue and that distinct peppermint smell/taste on everything you wash.
Disclaimer: this soap is made without the superfatting most cold-processed soaps are made with. That means it is not a gentle or moisturizing soap. It is a bit harsh, and if you have sensitive skin or any kind of skin issues, you might want to handle it carefully. It is not meant for washing hands or body.