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“Why can't someone make a simple cleaning product that works? All natural, with no additives, perfumes, or harsh chemicals.”
Dri-Pak, the only maker of Soap Flakes in England, and one of the few in the world, makes a centuries old, simple and effective laundry and cleaning product called Soap Flakes. Now available in the USA.
Soap Flakes are pure soap in a flake form. (Take a look) Shaped like tiny flat diamonds, Soap Flakes are made from a 100% vegetable base of palm and coconut oils. They contain no additives. No bleaches, no phosphates, no enzymes, no harsh chemicals. Soap Flakes are so simple, they don't even contain any perfume - ideal for those with sensitive skin.
Soap Flakes are perfect for washing delicate fabrics, silks, woolens and specially treated micro-fiber fabrics such as waterproof sports and outdoor clothing. Soap Flakes have not been tested on animals and are completely biodegradable.
Other uses for Soap Flakes include home-manufacturing of soap, particularly by people who do not want bleaches, phosphates, enzymes or perfume in their household soap. Crafters buy Soap Flakes for their craft projects, or to use as a base material to create soap sculptures. In Scandinavia, Soap Flakes are used for washing down wood floors and they have also been used in many countries for the preparation of show horses and dogs--it leaves coats looking naturally clean and shiny.
Until 2002, Dri-Pak also made the popular Lux brand of Soap Flakes. Now that Unilever has withdrawn the Lux Flakes brand from the market, Dri-Pak Soap Flakes are the best way to care for your delicates.
Directions for Use
For most applications, dissolve Soap Flakes thoroughly in hot water and allow to cool to skin temperature before washing. Add sufficient Soap Flakes to make a rich, creamy lather. Rinse garments thoroughly afterward and always follow any special care instructions on the garment label. Soap Flakes Usage Instructions (PDF) Download Adobe PDF Reader
For soap making and sculpting, add just enough warm water to make the flakes bind together in a pliable moldable piece.
Do not ingest. In case of ingestion, seek medical advice. MSDS
PLEASE NOTE: Garments with flame-resistant finishes may have their effectiveness impaired by using Soap Flakes. Always refer to the garment manufacturer's instructions.
Regatta, the number one family outdoor clothing brand recommends using Dri-Pak Soap Flakes when washing Isotex fabric garments. Dri-Pak Soap Flakes are so delicate they will not affect the performance of the garment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is in Dri-Pak Soap Flakes, what are they made of?
A: Soap Flakes are made of pure soap and a very small amount of moisture - water. That's all! The soap base is made from 100% vegetable oils--palm and coconut. Take a look
Q: Dri-Pak Soap Flakes are available in a bag, a bulk bag, and in a box, are the Soap Flakes inside the same?
A: Yes. Exactly the same.
Q: Are the Soap Flakes bags recyclable?
A: Yes, in most communities. The 1 lb. bags are LDPE recycle # 4; the large 9 kg bags are LPPE recycle # 4.
Q: About how many washes can I expect per pound of Soap Flakes?
A: That depends. You might get as few as 9 washes or more than 50.
When you wash an item by hand using about 1 gallon of water, you will probably use in the palm of your hand, an amount of Soap Flakes about the size of a half-dollar coin. Many many washes are possible per pound at that rate. (Great for a quick clean up while traveling or hiking and completely biodegradable.) Often people mix Soap Flakes with other ingredients such as washing soda, Soda Crystals, baking soda, or borax which makes it hard to say just how far in terms of washes Soap Flakes will go. Then to, front loading washing machines use four times less soap per wash than do top loading washing machines. There are approximately 4.5 cups of Soap Flakes per pound weight.
Q: Can I use Soap Flakes in a front loading washing machine?
A: Yes. However finding the precise dosage and the best machine cycles for front loading machines is quite personal. It is best to experiment at first to find what works best for you. For most people, our Soap Flakes Usage Instructions (PDF) are complete enough to obtain excellent results.
Q: What is the best way to dissolve Soap Flakes for use in my washing machine?
A: The instructional video below will show you how to do this.
YouTube version video click here
Q: Can I use vinegar in the rinse cycle?
A: Yes. Not only does this help the rinsing process, many people say it acts like a fabric softener and may lower the pH of the fabric making it more comfortable against the skin.
Q: Can I make a liquid out of Soap Flakes?
A: Yes. Making a liquid is one way to be sure that Soap Flakes have completely dissolved. This works well if you intend to use Soap Flakes in cooler water temperatures.
To make a liquid, use enough hot water to dissolve the amount of Soap Flakes you wish to use. Stir. Let the mixture cool. The mixture may become gel-like, but this causes no performance issues other than it may not be as easy to pour. (Hint: Add more water if you want to thin it out!)
Q: Exactly how much Soap Flakes should I use?
A: Aside from what is suggested on the side of the box or bag, or in the Soap Flakes Usage Instructions (PDF), in general you should use enough Soap Flakes and water to "ensure a rich creamy lather". With very little water you can whip Soap Flakes into a thick foam, with more water you get a soapy mixture. With even more water you might not see many suds, so you would go entirely by "feel", feeling the mixture to see how slippery it is. There is no "correct amount" of Soap Flakes to use. You may use as much--or as little--as you want. Always rinse well. Experimenting will lead you to the proper dose for your needs.
Q: Can I mix Soda Crystals with Soap Flakes?
A: Yes. Mix 50/50 Soap Flakes and Soda Crystals or however you want.
Q: Are Soap Flakes castile soap?
A: Technically no. MSO Distributing has never promoted or marketed Dri-Pak Soap Flakes as "castile" soap.
The meaning of the term "castile soap" seems to have changed over the years. Originally, castile soap was made from an olive oil base and may have originated in the Kingdom of Castile in Spain. Even now, soaps containing less than a 100% olive oil base are often called pure castile soap. Dri-Pak Soap Flakes are made from a pure vegetable oil base of palm and coconut oils. Since there is no olive oil used, we do not see the castile connection. It seems as if the term castile soap has become larger in scope to describe all vegetable oil based soaps in general. We do not see a "right or wrong" with the terminology. It appears the term "castile soap" is used and misused to the same degree. Some of the retailers to whom we sell have described Dri-Pak Soap Flakes as castile soap. We assume they mean an "all vegetable base soap", which Soap Flakes is.
Q: I've heard palm oil is often obtained through improper development and harvesting techniques which are not sustainable.
A: Indonesia, a country in poverty, is where many less than ideal practices have taken place. Palm oil is valuable and many there have sought to increase their standard of living by selling the oil. However the palm oil used to make 100% vegetable based Dri-Pak Soap Flakes comes from Malaysia. An entirely different, and "middle income", country. The company that produces the Malaysian oil is a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Development of Palm Oil, which means they are committed to growing and harvesting using sustainable methods.
Q: Can I use Soap Flakes for _______ ?
A: Most likely yes. Soap is very basic. How can one NOT use soap in an almost unlimited number of ways?
Very few people use Soap Flakes to clean "everything", although they probably could! Some people use Soap Flakes with water to wash floors, walls, and for cleaning carpet spots in addition to laundry use. People have told us they use Soap Flakes for washing dishes by hand, or as a shampoo, or to soften their bath water. We've had industrial companies buy Soap Flakes to use them as a lubricant when drawing wire through dies and we've had inquires about using Soap Flakes as a compound to reduce hydrogen bonding in adhesive making. People buy Soap Flakes to wash chickens, sheep, horses, dogs, boats, cars, to maintain their soap finished furniture, to polish rocks, and for a variety of craft projects. We are always amazed at all the uses there are for Soap Flakes.
Rather than anything miraculous, Soap Flakes are simply pure soap. And pure soap has become quite unique due to its apparent rarity in the US marketplace.
Q: I want to use Soap Flakes in a simple craft project. How well does the soap bind together into bars or shapes?
A: Making little shaped soaps or bar soaps from Soap Flakes is pretty easy. The soap dries and becomes very hard in 3-5 days. Watch the instructional video below and see how to do it.
56Kbps version here - YouTube version video click here
Q: What do you mean by PURE Soap Flakes?
A: We mean there are no additional ingredients in Soap Flakes. There are no perfumes or other additives of any kind--just 100% vegetable base soap. Due to British manufacturing standards, Soap Flakes are made in a "food grade" manufacturing facility and are therefore quite "clean". This does not imply that anyone should eat Soap Flakes!
Q: What is "hand washing"?
A: We mean this in a laundry sense--washing clothes or fabric by hand--not in a machine. Another term sometimes used is "hand laundry", which is doing laundry manually--by hand.
When using Soap Flakes to launder by hand, you can expect excellent results because you can see, feel, and monitor the washing process--adjusting it as you go. This is an especially good method to use when traveling; while on the boat, or on the trail, as well as when a quick freshening of delicate or special fabrics is required at home.
Q: Where can I buy Dri-Pak Soap Flakes?
A: To buy from MSO Distributing click here. Other sources may be found here.
Q: Does MSO Distributing offer quantity discounts and can I buy online?
A: Yes and yes. click here.
Q: Can I buy bulk Soap Flakes, you know, Soap Flakes in bulk quantities?
A: Yes. We carry 19.84 lb. (9 kg.) bags of bulk Soap Flakes. Each bag contains the same soap flakes as are in the smaller packages. Even larger size bulk containers are available however we do not stock them at this time, but we can order some for you...
Q: What if I don't like Dri-Pak Soap Flakes?
A: Soap Flakes have stood the test of time giving satisfactory results to generations of users. MSO guarantees your satisfaction or your money back. Returns
Q: Can Dri-Pak make a private label version of Soap Flakes for our company?
A: Probably. Dri-Pak has relationships with major companies in England and in the USA. A sizable volume purchase commitment is required however. Contact us for more information.
Q: Where can I find more information on Dri-Pak Soap Flakes?
A: Visit or join The Cleaning Products Network and visit soap-flakes.com for Soap Flakes history, Soap Flakes recipes, and other Soap Flakes information.
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