About the product: Soapnuts come from the fruit of the soapnut tree, most commonly found in India. Their shells contain saponin, a natural, chemical free, antimicrobial surfactant, great to use in place of regular laundry detergent. To use: fill the provided bag with a few soapnuts, and place it where you would normally put detergent, and start the cycle! Each soapnut can be used at least five times. Soapnuts are hypoallergenic, and do not cause skin irritations—perfect for people with sensitive skin, children, and pets! Soapnuts are also environmentally friendly, reusable, compostable, and work great in high efficiency washers.
What I washed: My very large pile of clothes on normal cycle. Included were workout outfits, work clothes, and a random face towel. There were no stains or huge spots that needed to be addressed. If you have stained clothes, I would still pre-treat with your favorite spot remover! Once my clothes were dry I proceeded to give them the smell test: my clothes smelled clean, almost as if I washed them on the banks of a pristine stream. No lingering chemical odor and NO headache inducing scent that results from using too much fabric softener. It was a very subtle, yet pleasant smell.
The outcome: I really enjoyed this innovative, yet simple laundry solution. I strive to pick the most natural way to clean, and soapnuts have stayed true to their claims, and will surely impress the ecologically conscious consumer. The ease of use is probably my favorite thing next to its eco-friendly, chemical free composition. Literally, all there is to do is place the bag where your detergent usually goes, and voila. It was so easy that I had trouble walking away from my washing machine, as if I forgot to do something.
Bea, the owner of Natural Nut Soapnuts, generously provided us with a small bag of natural soapnuts for one lucky reader! This bag will wash up to 5 loads of laundry! To enter, please leave a comment on our Facebook page or RT the contest to your Twitter followers. Good luck and thanks for reading!
How to Enter
Choose one or more of the options below to enter the contest. Option #1 and #2 are worth 1 (one) entry. Option #3 is worth 4 (four) entries.
1. Follow us on Twitter and tweet this message: Follow @thisdishisveg & RT for a chance to win a bag of Natural Nut Soapnuts http://bit.ly/PIJq2Z
2. Visit us on Facebook and "Like" the photo of Natural Nut Soapnuts.
3. For an additional 4 entries, share the Natural Nut Soapnuts photo on your Facebook wall from the TDIV Facebook page.
Friday, July 27, 2012 at 9 p.m. ET.
A winner will be chosen at random by entering names into a spreadsheet as the entries are received. Every entry is assigned a number. The number of the winner will be chosen by using Random.org’s True Random Number Generator.
The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the contest end and will have 48 hours to send his/her mailing address.
This contest is only open to residents of the continental U.S.
Photo credit: Natural Nut Soapnuts