Sunday, August 17, 2008

Soap Nuts

During the Bloggy Carnival I was lucky enough to win a sample of an interesting product called Soap Nuts.

Here is the information about them from :

"Did you know that there’s a FRUIT you can throw in your wash that will get your laundry clean? It’s true! Soapnuts are the fruit of a tree (Sapindus Mukorossi), found primarily in India, Indonesia, and Nepal. They are harvested, de-seeded, and then dried in the sun — and that’s it — the soapnuts are ready for you to use in your wash!

How do soapnuts work?

The outer shell of the soapnut contains saponin, a natural substance known for its ability to cleanse and wash. (That’s what makes them so GREAT for cleaning your laundry!) In fact, soapnuts have been used to clean all kinds of fabric for centuries, but they are just recently gaining popularity in the Americas and Europe as a natural alternative to modern chemical detergents.

Soap nuts are an amazing, 100% natural cleaning product.They are organically grown and are chemical-free, and they are incredibly gentle on clothes AND skin. They are especially great for those with sensitive skin — including babies and those that suffer from allergies, eczema, and psoriasis! They’re totally biodegradeable, so they’re better for the environment than regular detergent, and they’re antimicrobial, so they’re even good for septic and greywater systems!"

I thought that this would be a great product as my oldest son has very sensitive skin. All you do is put 3-4 in a reusable bag and throw it in the washing machine. I put in 4 and was able to get 3 loads out of them before they got crumbly. So, I was able to try 6 loads of laundry using this product and as far as I can tell they worked well to clean our clothes. The only thing that I didn't really like is that the Saponin (the natural soap compound in soapnuts) is only released in higher temperature water and I usually wash almost everything in cold water in order to conserve. I do admit that I only washed darks with them because I was a little nervous about putting them in with my whites.

I also do like scent in my laundry and I see that they offer some Essential Oils and Fragrant Oils that can be used in conjunction with the Soap Nuts. There are some interesting ones listed that I would love to try like Energy, Ocean Breeze, Baby Powder, Citrus Mist and Plumeria! Definitely an interesting product!


Penelope said...

These sound interesting! I might have to try them out. Thanks for the post; I've been looking for something like this for a while!

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