Product Review: We Are NUTS For ECO NUTS Organic Soap Nuts

So – how many times can we use the word nuts in a title?
And what exactly are are Eco Nuts Organic Soap Nuts you might be asking!?
Well….in a nutshell… {Alannah here – can you tell!?}

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They are a natural, organic and economic solution to traditional laundry soaps. And literally, are a berry shell that naturally contains soap. They grow on the Sapindus mukorossi (Soap Berry) tree in the Himalayas. And here is the really neat thing – they are “nut-free” because they are actually a berry fruit related to the lychee. You can read up more on the technical details here.

At first glance, upon receiving the product to try – I must admit – very skeptical. I have been in the tradition of making my very own homemade laundry detergent for years, scent free and gentler on our skin – since my own kids were in diapers. That’s 12 years of laundry detergent mixing folks – I am kind of a laundry expert. Needless to say, I was curious how this little wrinkly looking nut would effectively clean our laundry – especially this family – an outdoor loving, dirt digging, puddle jumping, shenanigan hunting family of four.

The timing for receiving the product couldn’t have been better as I was packing for my road trip across Canada this past July. It came in a super convenient small package that I easily put in the glove box of my car – because that is where laundry soap goes when you are camping across Canada right!? While I was hoping to make it across Canada in one week without a laundry pitstop that certainly wasn’t the case for us. Camping for 3 straight nights in the rain had me clawing to the back of the glove box for the soap nuts.  At the very least I was hoping this would be my answer to dressing up our clothing to mask the grubby faces and help with my son’s foot stench. After all he was riding co-pilot and and in a Nissan Rogue that is tight quarters for seven days. Eco-Nuts-100-load-new-look-2015-750x750

On our journey we sidetracked to Thousand Islands mainly because of an acquaintance I connected with years ago on Twitter that offered to take the kids and I out for a boat tour of the area. What an amazing gesture by the way, Peter Johnson of Ed Huck Marine! Thank you! We showed up grubby and stinky and they still took us out on an excursion in the down wind…more to come on that part of Camp Across Canada (stay tuned). In any, case once the tour was over we headed to our campsite and this time released our tent site by the water and upgraded to the cabin because of a pending thunderstorm.

This campground – Ivy Lea Campground had all the bells and whistles, including a small laundry area! Yay! The kids went off and showered while I was relegated to laundry duties. And so happy to have had something since the laundry area didn’t even have one of those soap box dispensers that seem to just eat your money anyway. I took the nut out and placed in the little muslin bag that comes with the kit, popped it in with the white load that looked more like grey load along with stinky towels, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

Impressed I was. Oh yes – this wee little nut / berry,  good for another 10 or so loads of laundry, did the trick. And on it went into the coloured clothing wash to do the same thing. All whites came out fresh and clean – and almost all stains gone. I say almost because permanent marker is indeed permanent – yep. Logan’s socks were cured of the stench – unfortunately I also threw out his runners on this trip as they were not helping with the stench. I even forgot to take the nut out of the wash and it ended up in the dryer with the dark load and everything was still ok and the the nut was still useable. This is the perfect addition to my camping kit and to my home laundry facility (more like closet).

So now I am officially “out of nuts” for laundry and have slipped back to my homemade powder stuff the last month and I notice that I do like the nuts much better. I feel like they have a better impact on my clothing, on my skin and on the environment – all of which are important to me. Off I go now to reorder online and maybe try a few other products form them. I can also  suggest you look for a retailer near you! Looks like they are offering some free shipping

 

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