Although laundry will never be as fun as sitting in the sunshine having a picnic, we can make it a little more bearable both on us, and the environment.
By using soap nuts instead of regular detergent.
What the Heck are Soap Nuts?
Soap Nuts are actually not a nut at all. They’re a dried fruit that falls from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree in the Himalayas.
The cool thing about Soap Nuts is that they do an excellent job cleaning our clothes. And they’re 100% natural, which means they don’t release any harsh chemicals into our watershed like traditional detergents do.
Soaps Nuts are also incredibly gentle, which makes them excellent for washing baby clothes, and for people with skin sensitivities. And they’re 100% biodegradable.
Soap Nuts don’t create a lot of suds, so they work great in HE (High Efficiency) washers.
Yeah, But Do They Work?
I use Soap Nuts from a company called Laundry Tree. And yes, they work. My clothes get clean, and they don’t smell like anything when they come out of the wash.
What I love about the Laundry Tree Soap Nuts is that you can buy essential oil mixes to put in your laundry; these blends give your clothes a wonderful smell that’s 100% natural. I’ve used the Energy blend, and it smells like peppermint and rosemary. My clothes come out of the wash smelling fantastic when I use the essential oils blends.
It’s important to realize that tossing the Soap Nuts into your wash only works if you use warm or hot water. But, you CAN make a large batch of Soap Nut detergent using the stove, and save it to use with your wash. Laundry Tree has a wonderful recipe here; if you make this Soap Nut detergent, you can use it on the cold water setting. That’s what I do, since washing with cold water uses much less energy.
Using Soap Nuts instead of traditional laundry detergent is a wonderful way to get your clothes clean and lighten your impact on the environment at the same time. Many companies, like Laundry Tree, use organic Soap Nuts, and I think it’s definitely worth it to use organic.
So, give Soap Nuts a try! You might be surprised at how much you love washing with them; I know I was.
Filed under: Eco Living on June 15th, 2010