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    Default handwashing - fels naptha vs zote?

    I've been using fels naptha to hand wash clothing. Mostly because that's the way my Great Aunt taught me I noticed the walmart near my new home is carrying zote. How does it compare? It seems to be a bigger bar for the same price, but it felt softer which makes me think it wouldn't necessarily last any longer.

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    I don't handwash with Zote and have never used Fels Naptha but I do use Zote in my h.m. laundry soap. I like the smell and it works fine. No idea how it would last to handwash with though.

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    I use the fels in my laundry soap. It is a hard soap. I notice that the recipes all call for the fels first and then the zote. Zote here is cheaper than the fels.

    I think the zote may have more air or softeners and the fels in more 'pure' type soap.

    Now, this is what I THINK and not what I KNOW.

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    Interesting. I've never heard of anyone handwashing with castile soup. Thanks for the link!

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    I hesitate to use anything like body soap in my wash. I have an HE washer and I need no suds soap.

    It does seem funny that you can't use fels on the hands when it is a bar used for the treatment of poison ivy and oak.

    Dr Bronners--man I love the peppermint...has essential oils in it and I worry about the effects of adding it to clothes fabrics. I know after a while it makes my drains run slow so I stopped using it on us and just use it to wash the dogs and pedicures.

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    My mom buys the almond(in the orange label) dr bronners and when I bath her dog I want almond ameretto cookies soooo bad lol!

    You can buy it in the bar and it doesn't cost as much.

    My take is that Ivory is a BODY bath bar and Fels and zote are laundry bars.

    Since the OP is asking about hand washing laundry I think the fels is probably better than Zote because it is first choice for all the recipes.

    Like I said, I have NOTHING to back that up with LOL!(well except somthing like 30 bars of fels in my stockpile!)

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