Introducing, the all-powerful, natural, cleansing agent: soap nuts! “Soap nuts?” You might ask,“What in the world are soap nuts?”  Surprisingly enough, soap nuts are not nuts at all! They are actually berries from a tree (Sapindus Mukorossi) that dry up into hard shells like nuts, thus the name soap nut. The outer shell of the soap nut produces saponin, a natural cleaning substance that can be used as a laundry detergent.

I started using these back in January merely to save money. Due to my extreme skepticism, I initially bought only a small sample size just to try. I read a lot about soap nuts online but was not quite a true believer until I pulled the first wet T-shirt out of my washer for a sniff and surprisingly smelled…nothing! Soap nuts are a product of nature and are fragrance-free, so your clothes do not come out smelling like typical laundry detergent. However, the smell is unmistakably clean.

Since soap nuts are safe to use on baby clothes, I tested out many of my one-year-old daughter's really gross clothes. I will spare you the details, but use your imagination. Every time I’ve washed them with soap nuts, they have come out clean in every way.

Soap nuts are incredibly easy to use and save me from washing money down the drain. I am a chronic over-measurer of all laundry detergents. Before switching to soap nuts, I primarily used liquid detergent. I hated measuring the soap and dealing with a goopy, soapy top, so I would just "eyeball" it and pour the detergent directly into the wash. See? Chronic over-measurer.

Using soap nuts, however, is so simple. Just place 5 soap nuts in a small muslin bag, and drop the bag down in with your dirty laundry. Soap nuts work in hot or cold water, and you re-use the same bag for 5-7 loads! That means when I walk into my laundry room, I don't have to measure anything. I simply toss my bag into the wash with the laundry! Time-saver and money-saver!

Another reason soap nuts are such a money saver for me is that the cost per load is cheap! I did a lot of research before I bought soap nuts and found a really great company called Naturoli (pronounced naturally). Here is the deal on pricing from Naturoli:

If you want to try it first like I did, you can get the 4 oz. bag (40+ loads) for $10.95. Or, if you trust my word and want huge savings, you can click on the following links that will bring you to the listed products. The more you buy, the more you save!

There are many more sizes and combination packages available online in the Naturoli store. Use coupon code KCL40 to receive 40% off your 4oz. bag, making it only $6.57!

More great reasons to try soap nuts:

  • Free of synthetic materials
  • Less need for fabric softeners and dryer sheets
  • Great for HE machines
  • Earth friendly! Non-polluting and biodegradable!

The only con I can think of is that your friends will think you are "nuts" for washing your clothes with soap nuts. That is, until you let them try it!

By switching exclusively to soap nuts, I estimate that I will save about $50 this year in detergent alone – and that was buying the cheap-o detergents on sale and with coupons!

This has been a guest post by Brandie from Denham Springs, LA
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