So, I’d been hearing musings about soap nuts in my cloth diapering and natural parenting circles, and my curiosity was piqued. In my quest to become more eco-conscious, I recently jumped on the wool dryer ball bandwagon and had a strong desire to go completely natural with my laundering.
I will be honest and say that, even after reading about soap nuts, I still couldn’t wrap my mind around how they worked. How can something that’s not soap create ‘soap’? More to the point, how on earth would soap nuts actually work?
I was delighted when NaturOli sent me a sample of their soap nuts to give a ‘spin’! Before I even get to the product, I want to talk about the packaging. This may sound a little anal, but I am really bothered by the pen in the linen box packaging that often occurs with warehouse fulfilments. My shipment of NaturOli soap nuts came in an appropriate sized box, small enough to fit just the soap nuts, literature, sample of Extreme 18X (review here), and cushioned with biodegradable packing peanuts. Eco-friendly – I was already impressed.
Before getting down to the ‘dirty’ business, I took the time to read the literature that was sent with the soap nuts. Made from drying the fruit of the sapindus tree, soap nuts produce a ‘soap’ with cleaning properties. From the informational leaflet enclosed in the package, NaturOli Soap Nuts are:
- Hypoallergenic, fragrance free, eco-friendly and biodegradable
- Low sudsing – perfect for high efficiency washers
- Free of synthetic chemicals, fillers, toxins, dyes and perfumes
- Ideal for cloth cotton diaper laundering
- Imported only from Fair Trade, Co-op suppliers
- NaturOli Soap Nuts are cleaned, sorted, & packaged in the USA
So, how exactly do you use them and how well do they work?
I tied the bag securely and placed into my washer before adding clothing.