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Green Lifestyle - Soapnuts




The Twitter grapevine was chirping and thanks to @RazzleDazzleIce I ended up being sent a Living Naturally Soapnut sample pack. I have read about soapnuts but I had not tried them before now. Only the other week I was talking about "Going Green" and swapping your laundry detergent for environmentally friendly alternatives. I think using soapnuts will definitely make you an Eco Warrior. 


Soapnuts are dried fruit shells from the soapberry tree and they contain saponin which produces a soaping effect. They are 100% natural so great for the environment and ideal for anyone who suffers from allergies to laundry detergent. I have to say they are probably one of the most unusual things I have come across but as intriguing as the Konjac sponge. The soapnuts came in a small muslin bag which you place into the washing machine with your laundry. Softener is not required but if you want fragrance you can add drops of essential oil to the bag. 

I put these to the test on a load with towels and bed linen at a 60 degree wash. I need to stock up on essential oils but I had some clove oil (I use it to clean mould) so I decided to scent the bag with it. I have to say my laundry came out looking normal and smelling fresh. I put the towels through the tumble dryer and I admit I was not expecting them to come out soft but I was pleasantly surprised. The towels were not as soft as when I use fabric conditioner but they were pretty good, not scratchy or stiff. 

The soapnuts can be used 3-4 times and then you can dispose/compost them. If you would prefer an alternative to the "nuts" then Living Naturally do offer Soapnut Liquid Laundry Detergent or tabs. The product range also includes soap, shampoo bars and herbal hair rinse so it’s worth having a browse of the website www.soapnuts.co.uk. Plus Soapnut sample bags are available to buy for £3.49. 

Do any of you already use soapnuts? For those that do not, what do you think of the idea?

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12 comments:

  1. Mind=Blown, There's a Soapberry Tree?? They certainly sound unusual, wonder how they would would on my boyfriends socks, they can nearly walk to the wash themselves by the time he's finished wearing them.

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    1. Oh I have a boyfriend like that lol, I guess you would need to find an odour eating essential oil to use with it (if there is such a thing) :)

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  2. I'm washing my laundry right now for the first time with soapnuts ! What a coincidence :0) Been meaning to try out my sample bag for a while. I'll let you know how I get on with the kids clothes. Always a good test of something x

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    1. Yes, I imagine kids clothes are the ultimate test for all laundry products :)

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  3. I've been wanting to try soapnuts for a while too, but it's one of those things I just haven't gotten to yet! I've heard you can also boil the nuts to make your own, super affordable liquid soap.

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    1. Yes, the leaflet does give instructions for boiling & making into a liquid version :)

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  4. These are awesome! I didn't even know things like this were possible (although I probably should guessed/looked harder, haha) Thanks for sharing :)

    www.debrabros.blogspot.com.au

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    1. There are some interesting natural plants out there, glad you found this of interest :)

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  5. They are fab! Got some at the allergy and freefrom show. Made liquid soap with mine...have lovely soft skin! Also washed my hair but needed conditioner to make hair a bit softer although I was surprised how soft it was! Bit weird using it cos it doesn't foam but I still love the stuff!

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    1. That's really interesting, thanks for letting me know. People often worry about things not foaming but we have been conditioned to think that way, bubbles don't clean it's the product that does :)

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  6. This is so interesting! I never even considered that there would be a natural solution for laundry detergents! Thanks for sharing :)

    Olivia xxx
    Beauty from the Fjord

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    1. I'm pleased you enjoyed this post, happy to share :)

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