So when I first heard about Eco Nuts soap nuts, I thought...you have got to be kidding me...how can nuts get things clean? Well my friends, I have learned so much! Here's what I learned about soap nuts:
"Eco Nuts™ Soap Nuts are a berry that grows in the Himalayas that naturally produces a soap. The soap is called saponin, a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away."
While the actual nuts can be used in an HE machine, I received the liquid form. Here's what is in the liquid form of EcoNuts:
Soapberry extract, vegetable glycerin, Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative)
Eco Nuts Liquid Detergent contains no dyes, fragrances, fillers, enzymes or optical brighteners and is 100% SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) and phosphate-free."
So, I got my little bottle of liquid soap nuts and started reading the instructions. I have an HE top load washer and it said I was supposed to use just 1/2 of a cap-full. I re-read it a few times because I thought that had to be wrong. The cap on this bottle is itty bitty--and I was supposed to use just a half??
Well, I followed the instructions and as I closed the lid and pressed start, I thought "well..I'll probably be washing those again!" Well..color me embarrassed because when the diapers came out of the wash...they were CLEAN...and smelled like cloth (yes..I did a sniff test). I mean, they were CLEAN...I was and still am in shock. How can such a small amount of substance produce such great results? My best guess? Because it's awesome.
I have been using my same bottle of soap nuts for more than a month now and have not been disappointed! And I have to be honest, it feels so good knowing that I'm washing the boys diapers in something so natural. (If the food grade preservative has you worried (due to allergies, etc), then I recommend going with the actual nuts.)
If you are curious how the price of EcoNuts compares to other detergents, check out their list here. For my HE machine, using the liquid soap nuts, I average 15 cents per wash! Not too shabby!
I am NUTS about Eco Nuts!! Safe, natural, effective..everything you want from a laundry detergent!!
And while I did receive a bottle for free in order to complete my review, please know that this did not influence my opinions. In fact, I'm getting ready to order the bigger bottle so I can wash ALL our laundry with it!!
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