Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Soap Nuts

After my post on detergents, somebody mentioned soap nuts.  

I honestly, have never heard of soap nuts.  So I had to do some digging and figure out what these things are.  

Here is a post from Eco Nuts.  I am not necessarily endorsing this specific product.  I've never used it, but I will have to say I am intrigued.  

Eco Nuts®  Soap Nuts are a berry that grows in the Himalayas that naturally produces a soap.  The soap is called saponin, a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away.
Eco Nuts are gentle on both clothes and skin, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin, eczema, allergies and psoriasis. Because they are so mild, they are perfect for baby clothes and cloth diapers. All-Natural Eco Nuts are also great for septic and grey water systems. But don’t expect these shells to foam up like commercial soaps, which have artificial foaming agents. Foam simply does not represent cleaning power.
Eco Nuts are wild-harvested, meaning they are gathered from wild trees grown without any kind of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. The saponin actually tastes bad to insects so no pesticides are needed, and the trees naturally love poor uncultivated soil. They are organically grown by mother earth and certified USDA Organic by Oregon Tilth.
See Them In Action!
Nut Allergy Safe!
Eco Nuts are actually a berry fruit related to the lychee and are not nuts at all. They are completely nut allergy safe and have been used successfully with no reactions by people with nut allergies. They earned the name “nuts” because they dry into hard shells like nuts instead of squishy fruit.
While Eco Nuts has been a terrific solution for many customers with skin allergies and other conditions, people who have many allergies or compromised immune systems should always take proper precautions and first wash one small item in a small container or sink OR do a patch test before washing an entire load in the washing machine.
Not just your everyday soap nut!
Parent Tested Parent Approved WinnerIf you are familiar with soap nuts, our Eco Nuts have become a widely recognized brand name. Don’t settle for generic soap nuts. Eco Nuts are higher in quality and cleaning power because in addition to our proprietary sorting and handling process, we also only use a particular variety and size. We have found this quality control translates into more re-uses than many other generic soap nuts. Our proprietary sorting process also ensures a consistency in shape and texture that makes Eco Nuts pleasant and easy to use. Because we lovingly and carefully hand package in the USA, we can also eliminate individualized plastic wrapping otherwise required by customs.
In addition, many regular soap nuts are harvested, sorted and prepared in the outdoors, and dried on a rooftoop. This exposes them to the elements and birds or other animals! We take great care to ensure our soap nuts are carefully prepared and stored indoors in a clean facility where they are safe from birds and rats. Our soap nuts are carefully sorted using our proprietary process to ensure they are free from contaminants before they are packaged! After all this sorting and care, those soap nuts become Eco Nuts! We are currently the only soap nut company that we know of to be utilizing these methods and technology both in the US and overseas to make these soap nuts safer. If you ever find that your package of Eco Nuts is unsatisfactory we will gladly refund your money or send you a new one.
College students, mothers, campers, techies, boarders, and eco-activists alike keep telling us that Eco Nuts work great! Try a sample size and you’ll become an Eco-Nut too!
Check out the difference in the towels!
Towel Comparison with Eco Nuts
The towels on the right have been washed for several loads with All® Free and Clear, while the towels on the left were washed for several loads with Eco Nuts®
The Eco Nuts towels are noticeably fluffier (and MUCH softer) because of Eco Nuts’ ability to gently loosen fibers. Chemical detergents can beat and weaken fibers resulting in your clothes and towels “wearing out” much sooner. Try Eco Nuts and you’ll notice less pilling on your fabrics and extended overall life of textiles. Get softer fabrics AND save money, too!
Don’t wash your baby’s clothes, bedding, stuffed animals and cloth diapers in anything else! Eco Nuts is 100% Non Toxic – your family deserves the best!
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Trial Size Eco Soap Nuts
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  1. We use them for all of our laundry including diapers! Love them!

  2. I really glad that someone covered the 'nut allergy safe' because I have been wondering about that. Especially because lots of mamas are washing diapers in them and we aren't supposed to give them things like nuts or peanut butter. I mean, I know they aren't ingesting their diapers LOL but if common laundry is done, I wondered about things like taggies and such. Good to know they are safe!!

    -Justice Montgomery

  3. I use Soapnuts and I love them! I especially love how they act as fabric softener as well. I noticed a difference in our clothes on the first load. So soft, so bright, so clean! And no harsh chemical fragrances in them either. I live in Canada so I use these: Which I actually bought from here


  4. I used soap nuts for a while with our regular laundry (before we had kids) but was disappointed...our clothes were very, very dingy after using them for a while, and I didn't notice any particular softness.

    We did have very hard water, so that could have been the cause of the dinginess, and we did not have a dryer so everything felt a bit "crunchy" anyway but in my experience they weren't that great. I even made a liquid detergent out of them to make sure it could work in cold water but like I said, I was disappointed.