Lighten the Load: Natural laundry detergent

Washing Powder that grows on trees!

Which is the best laundry detergent?  Soapnuts!  They grow on trees.

I know. I know what you’re thinking.  This is one step too far.  She has grown her armpit hair, burnt her bra and is dancing to the rhythm of the earth. I mean, that did happen, but not for at least a decade and really only the interpretative dance now appears on very special occasions.  Now, I like results.   

I like results from my husband / child / cleaning lady - anyone who kindly does the washing.  So when you ask, what is the best eco friendly laundry detergent? Enter SoapNuts, the only organic laundry detergent that grows on trees, chemical free and works!

Don't take our word for it, watch the super green blogger Natalie Shirlaw's short video on soap nuts.  

Soap nuts, or Indian wash nuts, are a natural product harvested from trees in places such as South India. Once dried and the kernels have been removed they are ready to use.

When they come into contact with water they create mild suds which gently wash your clothes.

This is nuts!  What is it?

The plant is a part of the lychee family and it boasts some pretty incredible environmental properties. The part of the tree that is the 'soap nut' are actually berries and they can be harvested from September to February which is an extremely long and sustainable supply. 

It takes 9 years for the soap nut tree to begin yielding fruit after germination but once it starts producing, it can be harvested for a whopping 90 years, and with 6 months per year of harvest time, well that's a lot of soap nuts. 

Naturally trees also help with transforming Carbon Dioxide to Oxygen and of course, when you are finished with your soap nuts, you can compost them.

An important feedback from customers using these soapy nutty nuts was that their clothes didn’t smell like detergent.   PomPom's starter pack includes a stain remover for those stubborn patches and a choice of essential oils, so you won’t ever miss Persil again!    

Meet the Makers:  Socrates and Shashi. 

Living Naturally is a family company based in the UK, who set up shop in 2009.

“Both our children had eczema, and at the age of 2 our oldest was diagnosed with Autism. In our case, we learned that we needed to keep it simple. We did this by eliminating certain foods and toxins from our diet and our lives, trying to live a more mindful and cruelty-free life and teaching our children about how and why to make these choices. 

As part of our radical (to some) natural lifestyle change, we were introduced to Soapnuts as a possible solution for eczema by a few family members, and began using them to clean everything in the house. When we saw the eczema getting better we realised how amazing these ancient soapy fruits were!” 

And so Socrates and Sashi were able to answer that famous Google question: What laundry detergent is best for the environment?

It simply doesn't get greener than this eco-friendly washing solution!  Truly eco-friendly laundry detergent.

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