Saturday, April 10, 2010

Soap Nuts Review and Giveaway

I've been looking for safer, more environmentally friendly products to use around the house for laundry, cleaning and other needs. I've just tried USDA Certified Organic Greener Living Soap Nuts, courtesy of Buy Soap Nuts. Soap Nuts are the fruit of trees in India and Nepal and contain saponin, a natural soap. They also have anti-microbial (germ killing) properties.


I was impressed not only that my clothes came out clean, but at how soft my clothes were... without using a fabric softener sheet. When I washed a load of clothes that included some sweaters I was surprised that I had no static cling, the load with my big plush robe had a bit of static, but not much. My flannel sheets came out great as well. I'm fragrance sensitive, so it was great to have just the smell of clean.

Although very good for regularly soiled clothes, which mine were, I haven't tried them on heavier soiled clothes, but for stained clothes it is recommended to use some type of stain remover as well. I also haven't tried it on my whites yet.

To use for laundry, put 4 or 5 Soap Nuts in a small muslin bag and put it in the washer with your laundry. Remove the bag before putting your clothes in the dryer. They normally do 4 or 5 loads, but in cold water, I easily got 6.

You can also make a concentrated liquid by boiling 12-15 whole Soap Nuts in 6 cups of water for 30 minutes. The liquid does not contain any preservatives so it will need to be used within a few days. It can be stored in the refrigerator or portioned in ice cube trays and frozen.

Regardless of whether you use the whole nuts or liquid, the spent nuts can be added to your compost. I don't have a compost pile, so I just push them into the soil in my pots.

Another thing that impressed me about Soap Nuts is that they are not just for laundry: they can be used for other household cleaning needs and because of their anti-microbial properties they can also used help relieve skins conditions like eczema and psoriasis. I'll be spraying the liquid on some of my plants later this spring to see how well they work to deter bugs.

I haven't found any one product that I plan on using exclusively for laundry or other needs, but Soap Nuts are truly an all purpose item and it's another one of those products that I'll continue to use.

Now on to the giveaway. Buy Soap Nuts has generously offered a 500g bag of their USDA Certified Organic Greener Living Soap Nuts, a $22 value, to one of my readers.

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  2. I learned that they are actually not nuts at all. They are berries (also known as Soap Berries) that grow on trees in India & Nepal.

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  3. I learned that Most allergic reactions to soap are due to added chemicals and fragrance. Soap Nuts grow on trees and are chemical free. gcgranny72@hotmail.com

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  4. I learned that they are actually not nuts at all. They are berries (also known as Soap Berries) that grow on trees in India & Nepal.

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  12. Soap nuts work wonders to relive the skin of problems like eczema and psoriasis. I have psoriasis and exema so these would be great to try!

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  18. I learned that when turned into a liquid you can use it as a Mosquito Repellent by simple spraying it onto your hands and then rub onto bare arms, legs or face

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  19. They are berries (also known as Soap Berries) that grow on trees in India & Nepal. There are two main varieties: sapindus trifoliatus (The Small Soap Nut) and sapindus mukorossi (The Large Soap Nut). The Large Soap Berry is the most commonly used in cleaning, but both varieties are quite effective.

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  30. I learned that right on the packaging they have the instructions on how to use soap nuts

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  42. I learned that if you don't like the product, they have a guarantee: If you are not fully satisfied with your purchase of USDA Certified Organic soap nuts from us, we will refund the full retail price of your US or Canada purchase plus an extra 10%!!

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  43. Will soap nuts work in cold water?
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  44. I learned that they are berries and not nuts
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  57. If you are not fully satisfied with your purchase of USDA Certified Organic soap nuts, they will refund the full retail price of your US or Canada purchase plus an extra 10%!

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  63. I learned that they can also be used as a natural pesticide around outdoor plants.

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  71. I learned Soap nuts are tiny berries or fruits of the soap nut tree, which is commonly found in places like Nepal and India.

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  76. I learned that they are one of the best detergents to get rid of bad odors.
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  77. I learned that you can make a concentrated laundry soap -or- just the soap nuts directly into the wash!

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  86. I learned that soap nuts are an all-natural way to clean clothes and other things around the house, and that it is a great product to use if you have eczema or other skin conditions.

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  88. I learned that they are native to India, Nepal and some other South Asian countries. Too bad they don't grow here!

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  114. I learned that you can't eat them :(

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  115. I learned that they are not really nuts but that they are really berries
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  116. I learned that they now offer USDA Certified Organic Greener Living Soap Nuts in printed cloth bags with instructions on how to use soap nuts right on the bag.

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  118. Christina - xristya@rock.com - I learned that Soap Nuts are really BERRIES that grow on trees in India, which is absolutely amazing!

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  121. I learned - Eco friendly by nature, environmentally friendly soap nuts help in maintaining a cleaner environment and keeping you away from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals.

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  139. I learned that "Soap Nuts were once only used for laundering clothes or washing hair but can also be used by men and women suffering from hair loss"

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  146. I learned that soap nuts are very effective in treating people having skin allergies including eczema and psoriasis.

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  153. Soap nuts are antimicrobial. This means that they actually help in breaking down the gray water in your septic system. Also, you do not have to do a rinse cycle when you use them. This can save gallons of water every wash cycle. Don’t worry, though; if you forget to stop your machine before the rinse cycle they are just as effective. The amount of saponin left in the rinse cycle will just leave your clothes feeling soft. They are 100% environmentally friendly

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  161. I learned that they are berries, not nuts. Thanks for the contest.

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  162. I learned that the clean, fresh scent of Nature is the only "fragrance" that soap nuts have, which is often a plus for those with allergies.

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