At my apartment complex we have a community laundry room. Most days I am in there, I see people using chemical laden laundry detergents. I have been using natural products for years, so the strong fake scents make my stomach churn. When I had my own laundry room, I didn’t have to deal with those smells because my detergents were natural and if they were scented, it was with essential oils, which weren’t overbearing. I can’t make everyone else use natural detergents, but I can use them.
What I use to wash my clothes in, matters! I choose cleaning products that are naturally based and don’t leave behind residue. I look for unscented and toxic free products. I have tried soap nuts before and found them effective, but since I don’t have my own laundry room, they are not as convenient to use. I used to leave the bag of soap nuts in the laundry basin so I could reuse them. Now that I trek my stuff back and forth to the laundry room, I look for convenient laundry products.
Green Virgin Products has created a concentrated liquid version of Soap Nuts. Soap Nuts are are the fruit on the Chinese Soap Berry Tree. The berries are harvested and then dried in the sun. The shell contains a natural soap called saponin, which can clean your clothes like detergent. The soap berries are hypo-allergenic. To wash, you put 5 soap berries in a small wash bag and toss it in your washing machine. The bag can stay in the machine for up to 5 washes.
To make the concentrated version, Green Virgin Product extracts the saponin using water. 2 natural preservatives are added because the shelf life would only be 2 weeks if they weren’t. Caprylyl glycol and phenethyl alcohol are rated a 0 and a 1 on the Skin Deep Data Base, therefore the soap nuts liquid is the least non-toxic soap nuts detergent in the market. This gives the shelf life of 2 years. These soap berries are also certified organic.
The small 8 oz bottle will cleans 120 loads! Soap Nuts are also known for doubling as a fabric softener, leaving your clothes softer without chemicals. The bottle comes with a pump, so pouring out the liquid is not messy. You can also dilute 50 parts water to 1 part soap nuts liquid to create a window cleaner!
I was sent an 8 oz bottle of Soap Nuts Liquid to try out. I washed my towels and was super impressed by how they turned out. Just two squirts and my whole load of towels were cleaned. The towels felt fluffy and soft when they came out of the dryer. I will be using this for all my laundry!
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