I have a confession. I’ve sinned. I’ve tripped over the green wagon. I haven’t fallen off of it entirely, but I’ve had to use not so eco friendly products in recent months, for various reasons. I don’t like it one bit, but I was having some major skin problems, as was my daughter and I had to resort to some conventional laundry detergent, on the off chance it was something in the detergent. I really love the idea of a greener detergent and less chemicals being absorbed into my skin, but the rashes and the itchiness were just too much to bear.
And then, one day, Kimberly from Yoreganics emailed us to see if we’d be interested in doing a review. Including some soap nuts. I was intrigued. No chemicals, just pure nature. So I decided to give it a shot. And like with any natural product, I’m an immediate skeptic. Perhaps this is years and years of being brainwashed by large corporations making me think that surely all of those chemicals are necessary to clean your clothes. And surely, that artificial “laundry” smell that we’re all so fond of is what laundry is truly supposed to smell like.
Soap nuts, if you’re not familiar (see inset) are nature’s little nuggets, hailing from the soapberry tree, that give off the ability to create a lather. You can use them for household cleaning, bathing, and of course, laundry. Curious to see how they work? Stephanie from Bubble and Bee put together a quick no frills video:
And there you have it. The washing machine agitates well enough to create a lather, leaving you with clean clothes.
So how did it work for me?
First, I did a load of whites, and put in Kim’s whitening powder, tossed the soap nuts in their handy little bag and threw them in my machine (note: you can still do this if you have a front loader, it works fine). The result? CLEAN clothes. They smelled fresh, like clean laundry, but obviously not like chemically clean laundry. It was pretty cool. The best thing is that you can get a few loads out of one bag of soap nuts. My clothes were also noticeably brighter. Also? Not crunchy, which tends to happen with a lot of eco-friendly laundry detergents, I’ve noticed. And who likes their clothes feeling as if you’ve put a pound of starch on them? Especially baby clothes.
We’re giving away a laundry trio, courtesy of Yoreganics.com. This is a great deal and such a great opportunity to try out some soap nuts. I think I’m a convert.
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