Even the most eco-friendly laundry detergents usually come in a cardboard box or plastic bottle, and are full of ingredients you can’t pronounce. There is now a healthy, eco-friendly alternative… soap nuts! These natural nuts challenge the cleaning power of any of the major laundry detergent brands, but without all the horrible chemicals and animal testing that usually goes along with the big brands. Soap nuts are not only better for the planet, but also for you wallet! It costs only 4 cents a load and one bag of soap nuts will cost around $30 and last you about a year. Soap nuts also put natural softeners back into fabrics, so you save more by cutting out the need for fabric softeners as well.
Soap nuts are from the Sapindus Moukorrosi tree, which grows in India and Nepal. You can’t eat these berries due to their high concentration of saponin (naturally occurring foaming agent). However, when activated by water it makes for the perfect detergent. They are excellent for removing odors and stains, including cloth diapers. They will keep your clothes looking vibrant and feeling fresh!
You can find them through various online sellers.