10/1/08

Soap nuts



I received this very odd product through a blog giveaway. Those prune-looking things are fruits that grow in Asia. They contain a soapy chemical, and you can use them to do your laundry.

I actually used some. I did a load of towels. You throw a few shrivelly fruits in a bag and toss the bag in the wash with your load. It worked fine.

Pros: works just fine, all natural, kinda fun. Cons: not available locally, expensive, I don't know how well they work on very dirty laundry. Conclusion: they're fun to play with, but I don't think I would actually pay for them. I'll be sticking to my homemade laundry detergent, which I love.

6 comments:

  1. I have heard about these from a preevious blog...I imagine in the country that they grow in it is a basic item that they use....but expensive to get shipped stateside. But yeah, I would think they would be fun.

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  2. I wonder if its a plant you can grow? How cool it would be to just 'pluck' soap off of a tree!

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  3. That is really interesting... I would have been really curious to see what it did to my laundry...

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  4. i won some,too! i don't think they really worked. my clothes still had some little stains and kind of smelled like some kind of food. maybe an indian curry..

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  5. Wow...never heard of those. It does sound kind of fun to play with. I think I'll stick with my detergent too! :)

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  6. I ordered some soapnuts on a whim with my last Mountain Rose Herbs order last month. I've used them on diaper loads for a few weeks now and have actually been quite impressed. Oddly, though, the soapnuts didn't do so well on my kitchen towels, as even with vinegar and baking soda they were still smelly after the final rinse. How bizarre is that? Soapnuts can clean gross diapers but not relatively clean towels?!?!

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