Soap Nuts Instead of Laundry Detergent?


While twittering I had a follower ask me in a tweet if I wanted to try some soapnuts. They mentioned it was an eco friendly substitute for laundry detergent. We always use environmentally friendly laundry soap but I was intrigued and agreed to try a sample.

They arrived promptly by mail.

For those of you that have never heard about soapnuts they are berries that grow on trees in India and Indonesia. Their shells contain a natural detergent called saponin. They are gentle on clothes and skin so they are great for people with skin allergies and babies. The nuts are also biodegradable so they are great for the Earth.

The nuts come with a little cloth bag with drawstring. all we had to do was place 3-5 soapnut shells in the bag and throw it in the washer instead of detergent. We tried it on a load of personal clothing with great results. The clothes came out clean and fresh smelling (the nuts have no smell).

For more information on soapnuts and how to order some for yourself visit Laundry Tree.

We ran out of nuts and are back to using a standard eco friendly laundry soap.

For other eco friendly features we have at our inn visit conservation.