Thursday, March 29, 2012

Soap Nuts: Review and Giveaway

Maybe you've heard of soap nuts? Or  maybe you're saying "soap what?" right about now. Soap nuts are actually the seeds of soap berries, which actually do grow on trees. In fact, you can order seeds to plant your own!
I thought this was an interesting idea for a greener alternative to laundry detergent. So I did some checking online and found a company that offered a trial size for a very low price. Just a few soap nuts, cracked, in a little cotton drawstring sack, came in the mail. I was doubtful to be honest. This little sack was supposed to clean about 5 loads of laundry. Even though I found it hard to believe, I was eager to try them.
Was I surprised! I washed 7 loads before they began feeling sticky, which is apparently a sign that they are finished. They also were losing their scent at that point. Their natural scent is actually a fresh clean soapy scent, much like Ivory bath soap, but very faint on the clothes after they are dry. The clothes got nice and clean, too, much to my amazement! I still don't know exactly how the soap nuts work but they do!
I ordered my soap nuts from Green Virgin Products and you can click their name to go directly to their site. According to the card that came in the package, their soap nuts cost about 10 cents per load versus more than 20 cents per load for the leading detergent, they are totally green and natural, and they eliminate the need for fabric softener. I plan to order more.
Intrigued? I am giving away two Soap Nuts Samplers from Green Virgin Products. To enter, do one or more of the following:

  • Join Mama Making Changes using the link on the right side of this page. You will need a Google account for one entry.
  • Leave a comment on this article by clicking below for one entry. 
  • Share a link to this article on facebook by using the button below, then post the link to your Facebook post in a comment below. This gets you 2 entries (one for the comment and one for the share). 
Deadline to enter is midnight on Friday, March 30, 2012. Winner will be announced here and will also be contacted personally the following night. Best of luck!


  1. I got my soap nuts in the mail on Friday!! Thank you so much!! Haven't used them yet - but I am excited about doing so!!

    1. Great! Let me know how you like them when you do. I love mine and buy them in the big bag now :)