It is no secret that I love soap nuts. I have had positive experiences with many detergents for both my cloth diapers and regular laundry, but nothing seems to smell quite as fresh as a load washed with soap nuts. I also love the versatility soap nuts have in cleaning and cleansing applications, and it is even good for skin. I skip the extra rinse at the end of my cloth diapers and other laundry when using, because I don’t have to worry about detergent residue or build up which saves time and money, and it has worked well with my hard water without the need of water softeners.
One thing to remember when switching to soap nuts, as well as other new formulas, is that you will need to typically strip your washer of residue before you see its potential. Soap nuts actual clean your washer along with your laundry, unlike many detergents that may leave residue over time, especially if you use too much detergent. Although you can use them right away, I’d recommend throwing in a couple loads of towels with the nuts to get them going and starting to clean out any potential build up that may be in your washer. Another note to make is that if you are using a non-cloth diaper friendly detergent for your regular laundry you may experience build up issues in your diapers due to build up it leaves in the washer. So my recommendation is to use a cloth diaper safe detergent, such as soap nuts, for all of your laundry.
Eco nuts packages their products in the U.S. and as you can see from the picture above uses recyclable or compostable packaging. This is one of the things that sets them aside from their competitors, so if you are looking at competitively priced products with a smaller eco-footprint, Eco Nuts are a good choice. They even sell spray caps on their site so that the aluminum bottles from the liquid soap nuts concentrate can be reused after as a spray bottle for cleaning around the house. Their products are available in trial, small and larger sizes and they have recently launched linen spays in six yummy scents.
I personally prefer the convenience of the liquid soap nuts concentrate, because it never fails that I regularly forget to remove the bag of soap nuts from the load of laundry and although they can still be used, I am sure it shortens their life and effectiveness. The nut version, on the other hand, allow more versatility, because you can steep your own liquid detergent, household cleaners or use it as a body soap in the shower. If you are looking for some other bath time indulgences, be sure to check out the Eco Nuts Spa Products as well.
Also check out their Outdoor Camping and Household Uses section for more cleaning ideas for soap nuts!