Earthberries Soap Nuts is a Canadian company located in Collingwood, Ontario on the shores of the Georgian Bay. This makes me love it even more. I love that Canadian entrepreneurs are growing businesses which value leaving the world a better place.
Soap nuts are shipped in bulk by boat and are packaged in Canada, in bio-degradable bags made from wildgrass sustainable sources. The bags and labels employ women in Nepal and the Philippines. This company has a conscience!
This 1 kg bag of soap nuts, which costs about 35$ has lasted me for about 2 years now and I still have 1/3 of the bag left. That is for a family of three. I personally have no complaints about how clean it gets my clothes. All you do is put about 5 soap nuts into one of the small cotton bags that comes with them, tie the draw string, soak for about 10-20 minutes in about 1/2 cup of water in a jar or cup. Use the soapy water in the washing machine where you would normal put your detergent and toss the cloth bag with the soap nuts into the machine. I try to dig them out before transferring the load into the dryer, but apparently it's not imperative to do this. Use your same bag of soap nuts 5 times and then discard the used nuts and start with some fresh ones.
As a bonus, soap nuts have many other uses. The solution can be used as a household cleaner, or even as a shampoo! Look for recipes on the Earthberries website.
Most of the time you're wearing clothes, or sleeping in sheets that have been cleaned in detergent. Since skin is the largest organ, just imagine what you're absorbing. Most chemical based detergents on the market contain at least some of the following ingredients:
This really is a no brainer.... save money, save the planet, detox your laundry!! Order them on-line and have them delivered right to your door! Here's the link: Earthberries Soap Nuts