I have to get something off my chest.
I stopped using soap nuts. I know, I know, I can hear you gasping through the screen as you read that. But hear me out!
I love using natural products, and especially when it comes to soaps I look for a natural option. There’s a bunch of nasty stuff in commercial laundry detergent – synthetic dyes and fragrances, and loads of not-so-great chemicals. It’s all just bad stuff that I really want to avoid if I can. Yes, there are a ton of diy laundry detergent recipes out there, and I’ve tried a few. But none have really been awesome.
Eventually I found a natural laundry detergent that I was really happy with, and its at a totally reasonable price, but in my penny-pinching glory I decided to search for an even cheaper option.
Enter soap nuts. I could buy a box of Eco Nuts for about $8 and it would do 100 loads of laundry. I figured it was worth a shot.
I loved the idea of such a natural laundry detergent and for the first month or so I thought they seemed to be working okay. But after several months I just couldn’t continue using them. I’ll tell you why.
In no particular order…
Why I stopped using soap nuts:
1. Smell. Now before you start telling me that I can’t expect it to smell pretty if I don’t want fragrances in my detergent, let me explain. We live on a homestead and we’re potty training. And that means a lot of stanky laundry. And the soap nuts just can’t handle it. It still smells nasty after it’s washed. That is NOT ok.
2. Ease of use. Um, nope. I don’t like keeping track of how many loads each little bag of soap nuts has been used for. (Now, that doesn’t negate #1 up there, because even with a fresh bag of soap nuts the stank doesn’t come out in one wash.) Beyond that the bags are just kind of hard to open when they’re wet and even harder once they’ve dried.
3. Softener. Nope again. They claim that this can be used as a fabric softener too. I didn’t find that to be the case. Reference reason #2…those bags were crispy when they were dry. The laundry wasn’t that bad, but I definitely wouldn’t go so far as to call it a fabric softener.
4. Stains. I’m not a stickler about stain removal. I’ve kinda just learned to roll with it. I mean, I live on a homestead and have two kids under 4…let’s be real, right? But after several months of using soap nuts I started noticing that the stains weren’t really coming out like they did with our old laundry detergent. Eco Nuts doesn’t claim to be a stain remover, but my old laundry detergent was able to get rid of some of these without any extra help from me…and so, it pains me to say this, but…
I don’t recommend using soap nuts.
I know a lot of people use and love them, but in my many months of experience with them, and trying really hard to believe they were working, they just don’t do the job…you know, of cleaning the laundry.
So what do I use instead? I’m back to my old friend, ECOS. This laundry detergent is great. It’s organic, it’s septic safe, it’s toxin free, and it does come in some natural (non-synthetic) fragrances if that floats your boat (I want to try the magnolia one next!).
I’m glad to be reunited. So is my laundry. I’ll never betray it again.
What laundry detergent do you use?