I have found a product that is new-to-me, easy to use, and good for the environment (what a winning combination!)
I'm talking about SoapNuts (say what?) from Laundry Tree.
What are SoapNuts? They look like this:
They come from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, which is found in Nepal, Indonesia, and India.
All that is done to the soap nuts to prepare them for use is to harvest, de-seed, and dry them in the sun.
When I received my sample pack in the mail, I was excited to try SoapNuts, but also a little wary. What if they somehow messed up my clothes?
I followed the directions that were included.
First, three to four soapnuts are placed inside of the small cotton drawstring bag (included).
Then the little bag is put into the washing machine with the load of clothes (warm or hot water works best for SoapNuts).
I washed a (very big front-loader washing machine) load of beach towels and other whites. Yes, I trusted my whites to the SoapNuts.
SoapNuts made the laundry clean, non-perfumy...just the way I like it. We didn't use a fabric softener and the towels came out nice and fluffy!
Even my (not a hippy) mother tried SoapNuts and was pleasantly surprised!
Reasons why SoapNuts are good for the environment:
- One little drawstring bag of 3 to 4 SoapNuts can be used FOUR TIMES! The same four SoapNuts can wash 4 loads of laundry!
- SoapNuts are organically grown (chemical free!).
- SoapNuts are biodegradable. After they have done their four loads of laundry (did you just READ THAT?), just toss them into the compost pile.
I was thinking how convenient SoapNuts would be for traveling...no zip-lock bag of detergent to spill when you are trying to do laundry on vacation (in the condo or laundry mat)!
If you check out the website, there are recipes for making other types of cleaning supplies out of SoapNuts.
Laundry Tree would like to give away samples of SoapNuts to FIVE MyGreening readers! The sample size includes 8 SoapNuts...enough for up to 8 loads of laundry!
To enter, just leave a comment on this post with your thoughts about SoapNuts. FIVE winners will be chosen randomly on 5-16-08, after 10pm CST.
Laundry Tree has also offered a discount to My Greening readers! Until 6/1/08, you can get 10% off the 100g bag of SoapNuts using the coupon code MYGREENING.