Monday, 13 October 2008

Soap: In A Nutshell...

I am trying out a new way of washing clothes today, Soap Nuts.

Soap in a nutshell

You pop a few of them in the little calico pouch & pop them in with your wash. Apparently you get quite a few loads out of them & then when they are done they can go in the compost. The bonus is that no nasty chemicals end up going down your drain, or onto your garden if you use your washing machine run off. Sounds good to me!

Soap in a nutshell

We shall see if they are up to the challenge of my kidlette's clothes!

12 comments:

Kirsty said...

These sound fabulous. Keep us updated.

Melanie said...

I got a trial size pack of these a while back, as I think they're a fabulous idea. While I was pretty happy with the way they washed (stain removal wasn't great, but general soiling was fine), I found that in my (front loader) machine, they just didn't last for as many washes as they were said to, so they weren't terribly economical for me.

Di said...

My friend has been using these for quite a while and is happy with them - but she doesn't have any kids!! I really must get my hands on some!

Leni and Rose said...

It does sound interesting, doesn't it! And much more natural than the supermarket washing powders. Would love to know how it goes.

Louise said...

I have been reading about these and would love to know what you think.

Little Min said...

Gorgeous shot. They look good enough to eat! Would love to know how they go.

Melanie said...

I tried these out to see if we were going to get them in at work. I found that the little bag always pushed to the front off the machine where all the riff raff normally goes, so I did not find it worked that well. Top loaders could be a different story. I know alot of people that use and love it. I guess its just one of those things that comes down to your own experience. If you no likey, try Sonnet washing powder or Tri-Nature both clean for the earth and great on childrens clothes and nappies.... let us know how you go xx

Drewzel said...

I am intrigued! Might have to get my hands on some soapy nuts!

Linda said...

can't wait to hear the results, I am looking for a washing powder alternative!!!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I tried them recently and loved them! I pop a few drops of essential oil on them to add a lovely scent. I found I had to put them in another bag, the calico one didn't hold them as well as I would have liked.

Getting them sent to Japan is really expensive, but I'll be using them when I move back to Australia.

Corrie said...

yes I tried the soapnuts for a while but I wasn't that thrilled with them and think its more to do with the mischief my little one gets up to rather than the soap nut! oh and don't ever ever let any escape from their bag...I hear they're really hard to get off clothes!

good luck, I now use a green laundry liquid called hurricane I'm pretty happy with!

Corrie:)

Alicia said...

I've been meaning to try these. I'm fairly happy with my Bosisto's eucalyptus washing powder concentrate, but happy to try new things. If I see some in a shop, I'll give them a try, they'd be great for my soon to be born baby's clothes I think.