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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.
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!
I tried them out (in secret from my family, wanted to see if anyone noticed!) on various types of laundry including heavily soiled items and not so heavily soiled. Here's what I found:
- using hot water is a must, these are not so good using cold wash or hand wash function on the machine
- food stains or paint stains will need pre-treating, the nuts don't get them out just doing a regular wash
- there is no scent at all which can be quite disturbing the first few times as we are so conditioned to sniff the laundry. After a while I liked that there is literally no smell because it means the clothes are clean but not impregnated with artificial chemicals.
- the clothes dry a little crispier than if you use conventional products. Again, for some items I actually really like this feature. For example, dish clothes. They all feel like they will absorb more and are not coated in chemical conditioning residue. For towels, I experimented using the dryer afterwards and they were almost as fluffy as when using fabric conditioned. When air dried, they are crispier (which is the same case even if you use conditioner so I think the variable here is the dryer).
- For Adult gym clothing which is very sweaty I found best results when I first sprayed the items with a vinegar and water solution. Even when I use conventional products or even specific products for gym clothing the sweat smell clings to the sweat-wicking fabrics these days. So pre-spray with vinegar, then wash wth the nuts and maybe even throw in a little more vinegar for the wash cycle too.
In summary. I really like them but have not transitioned 'fully' as I have some conventional products left and also I find for some items I still want to use the conventional stuff, like heavily stained kids clothes. I probably do about 60% of my laundry with the nuts, which means I'm using 60% less of the chemical stuff which is a step in the right direction. The only other negative is that my husband threw away a bag of the nuts because he and my son thought they were acorns?! I guess that serves me right for not telling them about the nuts :) but it now means I am one little bag down!