Land’s End! Opps…I meant L. L. Bean… The name to have in canvas bags. My friend Francie got me a L. L. Bean bag a few years ago for my birthday. Unlike my Grandma, I didn’t save it, I used it. If we got something for my Grandma, she would always save it for good.
I carried my bag back and forth to work and sat it on the floor. As time passed, my bag got dirty. I was at Walmart and spied my mom’s secret weapon on dirt. Fels-Naptha soap When were young we alway had the whitest socks and my brother had the cleanest football pants on the team. My mom loved to do laundry and she spent many hours scrubbing our white socks. I bought a bar and brought it home.
I ran across my bag and decided to try to clean it with my bar of Fels-Naptha. I think the real secret to cleaning the bag was the mop bucket. If you notice in the picture it is almost the exact size of the bag. I placed the bag over the bucket and used a little “elbow grease”, scrub brush, Fels-Naptha soap and the hose.
I also had a printed Relic Canvas bag that was getting dirty so it got the same treatment.
The bags turned out great, but I got a little carried away on the printed bag and it faded a little. I had to scrub the handles on the Land’s End bag again since I had used too much soap and they dried yellow. I just used plain water and the scrub brush the second time around. Make sure you let the Land’s End bag dry on the mop bucket so it will retain the great shape. Good Luck with your bag.
I was reading the wrapper of the soap and noticed it said “contains no Naphthalene”. I looked it up and it stated “it is an organic compound…bla, bla ,bla and a lot of chemical terms and then …main ingredient in moth balls.” I then Googled “Fels-Naptha” and the information is listed below in case you are interested in the history! I guess I really do have too much time on my hands…..
Fels-Naptha is a brand of bar laundry soap used for pre-treating stains on clothing and as a home remedy for exposure to poison ivy and other skin irritants. Fels-Naptha is manufactured by and is a trademark of the Dial Corporation.
The soap comes packaged in paper similar to bar body soap and is most often found in the laundry section of a supermarket or grocery store. It is used in the pre-treatment of stains by rubbing the dampened product on a soiled area prior to laundering, and is claimed by the manufacturer to be most effective in removing chocolate, baby formula, perspiration, and make-up.
The original Fels-Naptha, developed by Philadelphia manufacturer Joseph Fels around 1893, was used as a home remedy in the treatment of contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak, and other oil-transmitted organic skin-irritants. Washing the skin directly with the soap helps break up the oils that carry the toxin. However, in its own caution use sheet, Dial Corp. stated that Fels-Naptha is a skin irritant and not to be used directly on skin. Grated and added to a wash cycle, about 1/16th a bar’s worth of Fels-Naptha per load, is said to eliminate residual resins that can remain in clothes up to a year, according to the manufacturer.
 Health Considerations
According to the “Chronic Health Effects” section of the National Institutes of Health’s MSDS for the original formulation of Fels-Naptha:
Chronic toxicity testing has not been conducted on this product. However, the following effects have been reported on one of the product’s components. Stoddard solvent: Repeated or prolonged exposure to high concentrations has resulted in upper respiratory tract irritation, central and peripheral nervous system effects, and possibly hematopoetic, liver and kidney effects.
Stoddard solvent is another name for mineral spirits, which are, like petroleum distillates, a mixture of multiple chemicals made from petroleum. Exposure to Stoddard solvent in the air can affect your nervous system and cause dizziness, headaches, or a prolonged reaction time. It can also cause eye, skin, or throat irritation.