Thursday, January 12, 2012

Product Review: Earth's Berries Soap Nuts


Earth's Berries Soap Nuts
Available online at Ethical Ocean

If you have no idea what soap nuts are, I'm excited to tell you!  First, some background.

Since moving to Houston, we've worked hard to clean up our lifestyle and eliminate indoor toxins.  I've become fascinated with it.  My internet time formally used for Facebook and Hulu is spent looking up vegan lifestyle blogs, eco-friendly cleaning, and home remedies.  Here are a few ways we kick toxins to the curb.

  • We brush our teeth with baking soda and fluoride-free toothpaste.
  • We use a solution of white vinegar, water, and pure castile soap to clean the kitchen and bathroom.
  • We're in the process of switching to wheat cat litter.  (Thanks for the recommendation, Dixie!)
  • I started using non-aluminum deodorant and the Diva Cup a few months ago.  (Gents, ignore this bullet point.  Ladies, now you think I'm a hippie, don't you?)
  • We do all of our laundry in cold water.
  • We do our laundry with soap nuts.  (Which brings us to my review!)

I completely understand if this sounds a little too "tree hugger" for you, but hear me out.

They look like nuts, but they're berries.  Their high concentration of foaming saponin makes them a potent, all-natural cleaning agent.  Earth's Berries boasts promises of cleaning better than the household-name brands while being better for the environment and people.  I read so many reviews about soap nuts, and I was happy to see so many converts who urged everyone to give it a try.  So last month, I bought a bag.

It is so simple.  Put four nuts in the mini cotton bag, soak them in hot water for two minutes (because we do our laundry in cold water), and throw it in the machine with the laundry.  Remove the bag when the clothes are transferred to the dryer (or hung to dry).  That's it!  And it gets better.  That same bag of nuts can be used  for three or four more loads.  This means that I paid $35 for 300 loads of laundry.  And I'm happy to report that I don't have to compromise on quality.  Our clothes, towels, and bedding are as clean as using Tide.  Even my sweaty Houston work-out clothes.  In fact, they're cleaner considering it's chemical-free.

I'll leave it at that.  If you are intrigued and want to know more, just visit the Ethical Ocean product page HERE.  And of course, if you use it, let me know what you think!

3 comments:

Micaela said...

Wow. You really are a hippie. And I love it.

I'm with you on the non-aluminum deodorant, baking soda for brushing teeth and doing laundry in cold water. I'm fascinated by the Diva Cup but also quite terrified of it. That will take some time I'm thinking. Although I've heard nothing but rave reviews.

Jillian said...

Micaela,

I was also terrified about using a Diva Cup... until I tried it! Best thing ever! Way more comfy that a tampon, plus you only have to "change" (aka empty) it every 12-14hrs and you only have to buy one every few years. Its great!

Also, Lindsay, Hippie Power! hahaha. I too use castille soap/vinegar to clean (if you want a little extra scrubbing power add some baking soda to the mix it foams and adds some extra scrub), diva cup, crystal deoderant, cold water laundry washing, castille soap to do my dishes, flouride free toothpaste etc etc... Ive been meaning to try soap nuts but still have a ton of seventh generation laundry detergent to get through.

Devon @ TheMermaidChronicles said...

Where can you buy them? Whole Foods, perhaps? I love this post! Very informative. Thanks for sharing this!!