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Eco Nuts "As Seen on Shark Tank" Organic Laundry Detergent (100 Loads)
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- Dried de-seeded soap berries from trees that grow in the Himalayas
- Use as a detergent and softener, or can be used with your existing detergent just as a fabric softener.
- Cruelty Free
- USDA certified organic
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These odd looking “nuts” are actually dried berries from a tree that grows in the Himalayas. When agitated in water, they produce a naturally occuring surfactant called saponin, which gently cleanses laundry – an option for those sensitive to conventional laundry detergents. Simply place 4-5 Eco Nuts in the provided cloth bag and toss in the washer with your clothes – they suds up naturally and act as a natural fabric softener in the rinse cycle. Clothes come out smelling fresh and clean and super soft. Berries can be re-used up to 10 times making them a super-affordable option. Use as a 2-in-one detergent and softener, or use with your existing detergent just as a fabric softener. Multiple Award winning and certified USDA Organic by Oregon Tilth. As Seen on Shark Tank.
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Top Customer Reviews
Cold rinse, threw in the "soap", did a hot wash and a cold rinse, the threw them into the dryer (soap nuts were taken out to dry). They came out totally clean, fluffy, soft, and smelled of nothing (not bad or good, just nothing).
I tried them on my whites too. Same result: soft, totally clean, and smelled of nothing (fine by me).
I will say here's something I did notice: water has to be pretty warm to activate the stuff in the soap nuts. I'd even go so far as to say it has to be hot or it won't work. I tried my husband's military uniform and they didn't do much. Why? Warm/cold wash. It has to be hot. I'm going to keep using these.
Then recently I was looking over my orders, saw these nuts and decided to write a review. I was then that I read one of the top reviews in which the reviewer clearly states, "dem nuts need to be used in WARM waterm if not HOT." (I paraphrased, a little). Say what? Hot water? I didn't remember reading anywhere on the box, on the instructions in the box or even in the description on Amazon that stated you need to use HOT water. I am the only Neanderthal in the U.S. who uses cold water, because he hasn't figured out how to make fire yet? Whoah, and are you telling me I've washed loads of my clothes in nothing more than cold, city water? Uh... I'm feeling a little sick right now. Hmm, and I was wondering why after so many loads, the little nuts weren't getting any smaller or brittle like the instructions said. In fact, I just kept using them. I just figured I'd gotten some super nuts or something.
After reading that review, I raced downstairs, threw the first clothes I found in the washer. Fired it up on HOT and threw in the nut bags (I used two to be safe). And guess what? After a few minutes... real suds!
So now I'm going to need to run some more tests using the suds with saccharin (or whatever that stuff is) to give more definitive review. I just wanted to write this up, in case someone else is living in the 1920s and washing in COLD water too. I guess once fancy electric washers were invented, everyone stopped using cold water. Or maybe, just being a dude, I totally missed the section that stated "Use in HOT water only." I mean, technically being a guy, I'm not supposed to know how to cook, clean, wash clothes or change poopy diapers... but I do. And, I shoot guns (just had to add that in there).
Oh, and concerning "Shark Tank", I don't care if they used these to clean zombies on the Walking Dead. I looked into several different sellers of these and they all looked the same. I mean, cmon "We got better nuts cuz they were picked by monks." I think these all come out of the same rain forest in Siberia. The only reason I bought these is because they seemed to be the best deal.
Hopefully I'll have an update soon. I really do like to go Green where I can and I can't believe all the chemicals that get dumped into everything (especially the rivers) can be good for anyone. Happy washing and go nuts.
1. Your clothes smell clean! And it's not that overpowering detergent smell (which I used to think I loved).
2. No plastic bottles to feel guilty about!
3. Your clothes actually get clean. I have a dark shirt with hard to remove deodorant marks. It removed them
I wasn't surprised by a few of the cons I read:
1. Yes, sometimes they end up in the dryer and that is kind of annoying.
2. They are grown in Nepal, so they are not locally produced. Agree - I like buying local as well. (Of course I'm not
sure where other detergent ingredients come from.)
3. Keeping track of 10 loads on a sheet would be annoying (but I've solved that problem! More on that later.)
What I wasn't expecting to read was about the number of nuts in the box. It never occurred to me to count! I didn't want to be ripped off. And there was such a fight going on in the comments section! I told my husband about it and he said that I loved the nuts, so I should just buy them again and count if I wanted. So being the obsessive person that I am (and an accountant), I counted. And then I counted again. If the nut was more than 75% whole, I counted it as one (because some of the nuts are a funny shape, so it is hard to say if the nut is missing a piece or if it just dried funny). If it was 50%, I used 2 to make one. Less than 50% I counted it as a quarter. You get the idea. So the number I came up with was 185 nuts in the 360 load box. 185 divided by 5 is 37. 37 times 10 is 370 loads. Yeah! I can keep buying these and not have to worry!
Now for my system. I didn't want to have to keep track on a chart of how many times the nuts went through the washer. So here's what I came up with. I use all 3 bags because I thought this would more evenly distribute the surfactants. I put in 5 nuts to start (2 in 2 bags and 1 in the other). I washed several loads. Then I started adding 1 nut every other time I put in load. I can keep track of every other load without a chart! And 5 nuts go in for every 10 loads! It works like a charm. Plus, I figure that since all of the nuts are in different stages of breakdown, you get a more even result. I hope this helps!