In Review: Soap Nuts from Laundry Tree
All over blogland I have heard rave reviews of Soap Nuts, the natural detergent grown from a tree! They were very interesting to learn about, and a very good, thorough review is found here, from the blog Passionate Homemaking.
These are a great idea if you have someone with sensitive skin in your family, as they are the most natural product you can use as a detergent. They are the fruit of a tree found in the Himilayas, the Sapindus Mukorossi. The soap nuts I tried were from the website LaundryTree.com, who was giving away a trial-size bag for one cent (+ shipping). You get a small sachet with about 8-12 'nuts' and you use 3-5 per load, 3 times. I did about 12 loads of laundry with them before mine were used up. To see if they still have any use in them, just squeeze the sides when damp and if suds form, they will still be effective! These do not leave any scent whatsoever, so if you like your laundry to have a certain smell, I would spray a bit of essential oil onto the sachet before you throw it in with your laundry.
These even washed my cloth diapers clean! I was astounded, they even work better than my homemade detergent, which sometimes leaves a bit of residue or doesn't get smells completely out of clothes. I recommend these to anyone who wants to use a 'friendly' detergent or has sensitivities to detergents/scents. It never ceases to amaze me that everything we need is found in creation, this is just another awesome example!
If you are interested in trying soap nuts for your family, I recommend ordering the trial size, since it is a great way to test it without spending a lot of money. However, I know you will go back for more!
From LaundryTree website:
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!) And here’s a cool fact: soapnuts aren’t a new concept! They have been used to clean all kinds of fabric for centuries, and are only now gaining popularity in the Americas and Europe as a powerful, yet natural alternative to modern detergents.