Soap Nuts – All Natural Laundry Detergent!

January 20, 2010 at 10:41 am 2 comments

I first heard of soap nuts when I was looking for a laundry detergent suitable for washing cloth diapers.  I needed something without fragrance and something that wouldn’t leave build up on the diapers, which, overtime, leaves cloth diapers unable to absorb moisture.

I took this description off of the NaturOli website, where I purchased my soap nuts.  “Very simply, soap nuts are the dried shells (or husks) from the soapberry (or soap berry nut). These berries are the fruit from a quite unique tree species. These shells contain a substance called saponin that produces a soaping effect. Saponin is a 100% natural alternative to chemical laundry detergent and cleansers.”

I originally ordered a small sample, which got me about 4-5 loads of laundry.  It was 2.25.  The soap nuts came in the mail, and I used them to wash ALL of my soon-to-be-arriving baby girl’s clothes.  That was a job!  If you’re ever expecting a girl, just be prepared for lots of clothes…it’s son fun!  These soap nuts were awesome!  You throw 4-5 in the canvas bag that comes with the order, and that’s it!  If you use cold water to wash, you’ll need to soak them in a glass of hot tap water for 2 minutes and they will be good to go.  1 canvas bag of 5 will last you 4-5 washes.  I ordered a 68oz. bag and it is going to take me a very long time to go through it!

Because these are natural and have no added fragrance, your clothes will not smell what we think of as “clean.”  They have no smell when coming out of the laundry!  Weird I know.  You can add a drop of essential oil if you wish.  Also, the soap nuts have a bit of a vinegar smell, but your laundry won’t end up smelling like that.

So, if you’re looking for a great, low cost laundry detergent that is safe for baby, cloth diapers, and your family, give soap nuts a try!

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