Sunday, November 9, 2008

Soap Nuts

Recently a friendly woman named Gail emailed me with an offer to try her soap nuts from Soap in a Nutshell. Nothing dirty about her nuts she claimed. Just toss them in the washing machine in lieu of detergent and you are done.

Gail said that after the soap nuts have shrunk (4-5 washes), they can be boiled down to make dishwasher soap, shampoo, all-purpose cleaner, pet cleaner...the list goes on and on. An all natural product with no plastic waste. Sounded great to me!

I emailed Gail the soap nuts lady back and mentioned that my friendly neighbor Lauren and I were just talking about how the skin is our biggest organ and how easily it absorbs toxins. The conversation turned to safer detergent alternatives. (Jealous of our fabulous bus stop conversations?)

Gail surprised me by sending out two packages of soap nuts. One for me and one for neighbor Lauren. What a great surprise.
Neighbor Lauren agreed to write a review of the soap nuts for Soap In a Nutshell. Enjoy!

My neighbor gave me these great soap nuts! I had heard about them and always wanted to try them out.

My first reaction was that they had no smell. Its kind of strange a product like this can clean your clothes just the same a laundry detergent. But I was pleasantly surprised!

My clothes smelled naturally fresh and even got out food stains on my kids clothes. I have used the same 4 soap nuts 5 times and now will boil them and make an all purpose cleaner. I am pleased with the soap nuts and like the fact that the soap nuts have multiple uses! I will continue to use them.

Thanks Gruppie !

Thank you Lauren! But I still have one question for you. You promised to provide "adult drinks" every Friday now that the bus stop us at your house. Where are those drinks? Still waiting...


Anonymous said...

My first Gruppie Girl shout out! So exciting!

Anonymous said...

A low cost, green eco friendly, healthy natural way to deal with lice, laundry, and general cleaning is to make a homemade liquid from soapberry which grows on the Chinaberry tree and has been used for thousands of years. It works very effectively.

Erikka said...

very cool product. how much do they cost for only five washes?

Soap Nuts Laundry Detergent said...

Soap nuts work great! They are the best detergent for getting any kind of odours out of clothes. They even work well for cloth diapers.

fireplug said...

Regarding soap nuts, there's an article that you should read, Soap Nuts - Must Knows! Just search that. You'll also find it on Ezines. It's loaded with great detailed info about using soap nuts and how to get the most bang out of your buck, plus VERY interesting health considerations. It's very informative and written by an experienced author. Check it out. You'll be VERY glad you did. :-) btw: You may want to check out the author's other articles - very informed, objective and right to the point.

Gruppie Girl said...

Erikka ~ On the soapnuts site they compare load by load costs by brand. They state that soapnuts cost $.19/load. Other popular brands are listed too.(more expensive) Check out the link here;

Soap Nuts and Tea Tree Oil said...

Soap nuts are both cost effective & environmentally friendly. You can't beat that!