Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Eco-Friendly Wednesday~Soap Nuts and Coconut Fiber Scrub Pad Review/Giveaway


Welcome to Eco Friendly Wednesday this week I have one of the most fascinating natural products I have ever come across, Soap Nuts Laundry Soap. Now the name is slightly deceiving as first they are not nuts. They are a fruit from the Sapindus tree that grows in Nepal and India and they are so much more then laundry soap. When my Soap Nuts arrived I was so excited as I was quite intrigued by the fact that berries could clean my clothes plus my floors, my counter tops, my stove and so much more.

Soap Nuts can be used as is in your Washing Machine, simply throw 4-5 of the berries into the small muslin bags that are provided, toss into wash. When wash is done remember to make sure you remove them before putting clothes into dryer. My real test of the Soap Nuts were to try them with my smelly kitchen towels, I was just thrilled when they came out of the wash not smelling AT ALL! They really did stink! You can also take 10-12 whole soap and boil in 6 cups of water for about 30 minutes. You can use this as a cleaner, which I LOVED, it left my stove top clean and streak free, I was really impressed. Take 1 Tbsp of Soap Nut liquid and 1 Tbsp of vinegar add to 2 cups water and you have a window cleaner, again streak free, loved it.

What I personally thought was so amazing about Soap Nuts is their MANY uses. From toothpaste, shampoo, body soap, erasing lines on the face and of course cleaning products and so much more. I have psoriasis and it is recommenced to use soap nuts as a body soap, I have not tried this as of yet but intend to boil some down tonight for that purpose. Bottom line is they are AMAZING, NATURAL and cause no harm to the environment! I am hooked and will be purchasing them for sure!
How on earth can a fruit clean? Very simple...the outer shell of the fruit contains substances called saponins which have a detergent effect when water is added.

I was also sent a Coconut Scrub Pad, I loved that little scrubby so much was great for getting stuck on foods off my baking dish and it was scratch free. I used it all the time. Then one day I made dough for pretzels in my bread machine, it did not turn out, I used the scrubby to clean up the mess and the dough totally stuck to it! UGH!!!!! I had planned on letting it dry out then chipping it off but someone, not me, thew it away. I was sad!



I have some WONDERFUL NEWS! I have a 500g bag of Soap Nuts AND a Coconut Scrub pad to give away to one reader thanks to Buy Soap Nuts. Of course there are rules to follow..so here they are..

YOU MUST DO THIS FOR ALL OTHER ENTRIES TO COUNT!

-Visit Buy Soap Nuts site and tell me what you found fascinating about Soap Nuts! If you do not do this your entries will not count! Also if you do not have a way for me to contact you through your blog or you do not have a blog PLEASE make sure you leave your email in your comment so if you win I can contact you!

For additional entries which of course are ALWAYS optional:

-Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway make sure you use @my2boyz and in tweet Leave link in comment (you can do this once a day-leave daily comment!)

-Follow me on Networked Blogs (2 additional entries-leave 2 comments)

-Follow my blog (2 additional entries-leave 2 comments)

-Comment on another blog post of mine, let me know what one in comment (4 additional entries-leave 4 comments)

-Giveaway ends on 3/17/2010 at 11:59 PM and winners will be chosen by random.org.

-Winners will have 48 hours to respond to email or new winner/winners will be draw

-Limited to US & Canadian Residents only

Thank you and good luck!!!




This was not a paid post and my opinions are my own. I received Soap Nuts and a Coconut Scrub pad for my review. Big thanks to Buy Soap Nuts for this opportunity.

103 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mary T. at: zttmm1314 at yahoo dot com writes: Soap nuts works wonders on eczema and psoriasis. The soap nuts are chemical free, have a gentle cleansing effect, and contains saponins. To me, this sounds like a product worth telling others about.

NL6369 said...

Soap nuts can be used to make Plant Wash and Pest Repellent. Interesting.
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Crown the Queen said...

i think its cool they tell you how to make it liquid if you want to

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Nikki said...

If you use them for shampoo, they can help prevent dandruff and hair loss.
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Kylie said...

You can make your own toothpaste out of them! kcarlson1152[at]hotmail[dot]com

cstironkat said...

I learned that Soap Nuts are sustainably harvested. This is great news for the environment.

Nicole said...

I find it fascinating that they are berries!!

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samarcy said...

Our smaller bag of seedless soapnuts can do about 150-200 loads of laundry. i found that to be amazing!!!! all that in that small bag!!!!

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sksweeps said...

Wow - you can even use the Soap nuts to make toothpaste!

Karen said...

Saponin, a natural substance, is present in the Soap Nut. When the Soap Nut is soaked in water, the Saponins are released. This helps the water to penetrate the fabric and clean it.

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clynsg said...

Soapnuts are antimicrobial, which means they actually help break down waste in septic systems.


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VickieB said...

I found that they have been used to clean contaminated soil.

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1993wel said...

Soap nuts are completely natural and even babies and pets can be washed using them.

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lwoods297 said...

Soap nuts are non-allergenic and I think that is great.
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Anonymous said...

Use for shampoo to prevent dandruff.

Molomatic said...

I found out that Soap nuts are extremely mild and very effective for people having allergies. These sound fabulous! Thanks!

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Sarah said...

I find it fascinating that these actually clean your clothes. I like that they are environmentally friendly and help with eczema.

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jennem said...

When an individual uses this soap nut cleanser to clean the affected area, the anti-microbial property of the soap nuts help in killing the germs that cause the disease, thus giving natural allergy relief. The absence of any kind of dye or toxins and even enzymes (which are known to cause skin irritation) in the soap nut makes it an ideal medicine for the treatment of skin ailments
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Shellie said...

I like that you can do 150-200 loads of laundry with this one bag.

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Love these soaps nuts, really want to give them a try. I have excema and did not know I could use these for a soap too! I think this would be the best thing for me laundry wise (since I need to use additive free soaps) and house cleaning too!

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JRG said...

The soap nuts are chemically free, so that's good.

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Anonymous said...

I learned Soap nuts helps with eczema and psoriasis.
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pixie13 said...

You can make a shampoo out of them. Neat!

Marc said...

No chemicals!! That's so much better for the skin and the environment.

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mishone said...

you can use them on you pets

Sarah Z said...

It's not just for laundry - They are a great multi-purpose cleaner!
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crystal said...

I like that although they smell like Apple Cider Vinegar,your clothes are scent free so you can add your own essential oils if desired:)
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Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

Soap nuts are good for your skin and can be used on other surfaces for cleaning!
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vegan4life said...

use them to make toothpaste.
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Oneangel said...

They help exzema?!

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I think its great that a toothpaste can be made from these

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I learned that they are good for allergy sufferers.

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gsm57 said...

That they are berries (also known as Soap Berries) that grow on trees in India & Nepal.

singermagic1 said...

I so want to try these out, trying to be as green as I can. T thought it was interesting that you can also use these as hand, body soaps and that they are good to use when you have a skin injury, they are antibactiral
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I found it very interesting that soap nuts are very effective in treating people having skin allergies including eczema and psoriasis.

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helenlam said...

they are organic and contain a natural detergent. You also don't need to rinse with them!

Gianna said...

They are actually berries.

Anonymous said...

What I found fascinating about Soap Nuts from the Soap Nuts site is: soapnuts can be used to make a natural soap nuts toothpaste!

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kathy pease said...

They are actually a fruit related to the lychee, so there is need to worry for those with nut allergies. However, if you are severely allergic to tree nuts, please test on your skin before using soapnuts.

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ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

What are Soap Nuts?



They are actually not nuts at all. They are berries (also known as Soap Berries) that grow on trees in India & Nepal. There are two main varieties: sapindus trifoliatus (The Small Soap Nut) and sapindus mukorossi (The Large Soap Nut). The Large Soap Berry is the most commonly used in cleaning, but both varieties are quite effective.

I happen to know now that after using thme to wash clothes.....you can boil them & make a household cleaner!
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Anonymous said...

I looked at their website and I learned about how to use soapnuts to make toothpaste. I also learned that adding salt to the toothpaste acts as an antiseptic.

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