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Nuts about Soap Nuts!

Honestly, a) I had never heard of Soap Nuts before a few weeks ago and b) the name kind of makes me giggle.

So, what on earth are Soap Nuts?!

Soap Nuts are the only laundry detergent in the world that grows on trees! Fact!

My Soap Nuts from Green Virgin come highly recommended and they say that they ‘go to great lengths to purchase only the highest quality, USDA certified organic soap nuts available.’

The Soap Nuts come in liquid form and are originally a berry shell that naturally contains soap. They grow on the Sapindus mukorossi (Soap Berry) tree in the Himalayas.

SoapNutsThe natural soap found in these berries is called saponin. Saponin is a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric, and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away.

I’ve been steering clear of regular household products for a while now. Have you seen the chemicals in some of them?! I am totally convinced that they do more harm than good. I’ve never actually EVER washed my son’s hair in commercial shampoo. I have used only water and a little coconut oil every now and then. He’s six. He doesn’t need L’Oreal products adorning his head. His hair is very clean and very shiny.

So, the back to Soap Nuts – how did they perform? The regular washes were impressive. But the real test for me comes every week with the towel and bed linen wash. This one is a big wash and I like my towels soft and I like my linen fresh……

Soap nuts worked wonders! I actually climbed into bed feeling relieved at not climbing into a bed of chemicals!

Green Virgin say about their Soap Nuts: ‘All of our Soap Nut products come with a 90 day money back warrantee. And don’t forget to check out our non-toxic prespotter bar. It out performs every prespotter on the market and lasts for years. Shipping is free for orders $50 and up.’

I’ll be getting more Soap Nuts, that’s for sure. I just can’t guarantee I won’t still giggle like a school girl at the name 😉

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About the author

Claire Bolden

Claire Bolden McGill is a British expat who lived in Maryland for three years and moved back to the UK in August 2015. Claire wrote about her life as a British expat on the East Coast and now works in travel and hospitality PR in the UK. She still finds time to blog about her repatriation and the reverse culture shock that ensued - and she still hasn't finished that novel, but she's working on it. You can contact Claire via twitter on @clairebmcgill or via her blog From America to England. Contact the author.
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