The amount of the synthetic detergent component of the detergent stick is not especially critical and in general may range from about 1% to about by weight based on the weight of the entire composition. Any synthetic detergent may be used selected from the three major classes of nonionics, anionics, and cationics.
3. The detergent stick as claimed in claim 2 wherein said alkali metal stearate is sodium stearate and said synthetic detergent is a non-ionic synthetic detergent.
4. The detergent stick as claimed in claim 1 wherein said soap is an alkali metal salt of a saturated fatty acid containing from 12-20 carbon atoms, said alcohol is ethyl alcohol and said synthetic detergent is a non-ionic synthetic detergent.
In producing the gel component of the compositions of the present invention, the fatty acid salt is most conveniently added to the alcohol while the latter is at an elevated temperature. Generally from about 1% to about lO% of the total detergent stick is composed of the fatty acid salt (i.e., soap) and from about to about of the said detergent stick is comprised of the alcohol, generally resulting in about 60 to 99% by weight of a gelled soap in the composition.