I don't enjoy weeding. Who does? One reason I especially loathe the chore is that when I spend time weeding my garden, my forearms break out in an itchy rash. In previous years I'd ignore it and within a few hours the rash would go away. It wasn't anything serious, just a mild allergic reaction to something in the garden.
This year, I purchased a couple of bars of Fels Naptha soap to try to make my own homemade laundry soap. An on-line search informed me that Fels Naptha is good for so much more than just laundry soap. One thing it is known for is poison ivy relief. So earlier this summer when my daughter was weeding and pulled some poison ivy, I sent her inside to wash immediately with Fels Naptha. She never had a reaction. Another night, all of my kids were helping me lay mulch and we were all an irritated mess by the end. A washcloth with Fels Naptha did the trick and no one had any irritation, despite the fact that I'm positive we exposed to poison ivy while we worked.
Having seen such good results, the next time my arms were itching, spotted, and beginning to swell I reached for the closest bar of Fels Naptha and experienced instantaneous relief. Within 30 seconds, the rash and swelling had disappeared as if I had washed them down the drain with the soap suds. It was amazing! Now every time I work in the garden, I wash with Fels Naptha afterwards. I have extremely sensitive skin, and have never had an adverse reaction to using it, even when I've washed from head to toe including my face. Every time the itchiness and rash miraculously wash down the drain. I never cease to be amazed!
As I read through the list of other marvelous things for which Fels Naptha is useful, I can almost hear the traveling salesman lauding its miraculous benefits. I can't speak to its uses in the garden or in cleaning paint brushes, but considering how well it has worked when I have used it, I don't doubt the validity of its claims. Now if only it claimed to cause massive amounts of weight loss...
Fels Naptha is available on-line, or in the laundry soap aisle of your local grocery store. (I found mine at the local Kroger store.) Now can anyone tell me where to find a cup of chewing tobacco juice so that I can mix up a batch of bug spray for my garden?
Fels Naptha soap certainly works for me! For more Works for me Wednesday post, visit Rocks in My Dryer.
Grace and Peace,