Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Greener Living Soap Nuts- Review and Giveaway

About Greener Living Soap Nuts:
Matt and Erin Johnson discovered Soap nuts when they were looking for a cloth diaper friendly laundry detergent. After Erin tried Soap Nuts she was very impressed with the results. She decided to buy an extra batch to sell with the cloth diapers she was making at the Fort St. John's' farmer's market. She very quickly sold that batch and Matt and Erin decided to move their business online. They then pitched their business to the Dragons on CBS's Dragons' Den.
Greener Living Soap Nuts are grown, seeded, and packaged in Napal.

Greener Living Products:
(All pictures were gathered from Greener Living Products website)
"All You Need" Liquid Value Bundle

"All You Will Need" Value Bundle

Buncha Farmers Natural Stain Remover

"Clean and Green" Value Bundle

Coconut Coir Fiber Scrub Pad

Greener Living Organic Soap Nuts

"Just Trying It Out" Value Bundle

Organic Laundry Detergent Liquid- Lavender Tea Tree

"Pretty Big" Value Bundle

Soap Nuts Bath Bar

Tea Tree Oil

Trial Size- Greener Living Organic Soap Nuts

"Trying It Out" Liquid- Value Bundle

About Soap Nuts:
If you Cloth Diaper, have sensitive skin, skin allergies, eczema, psoriasis, or try to use as little chemicals as possible Soap nuts is for you! This may be the only household cleaning product you will ever need!
Admittedly when I received my Greener Living Soap Nuts I knew nothing at all about them. At first I thought someone had mistakenly sent just the outside of the nuts. As it turns out the outside of the Soap Nuts are what does all the cleaning. Greener Living Soap Nuts removes the seeds before shipping- This means you are not paying for something you do not need, and you do not have to do it later. Soap Nuts are low sudsing making them wonderful for HE washers as well as traditional washers. Do not worry when you look in your washer and only see a few bubbles. After all it is not the bubbles that clean your clothes, it is what is in the water. Soap Nuts are amazing for anyone with sensitive skin, psoriasis or eczema. In many cases people see their skin clear up after consistent use.

Uses for Soap Nuts:
Laundry Detergent
Liquid Detergent
Mosquito Repellent
Liquid Hand Soap
Hand-washing Silks or Delicates
All Purpose Cleaner
Steam-cleaning Solution
Glass Cleaner
Dish-washing Detergent
Jewelry Cleaner
Pets- Mosquito Repellent, and Softens Fur
Plant Wash and Pest Repellent
Natural Toothpaste
All of these recipes can be found here.

What I thought:
I have been using Soap Nuts for my cloth Diapers, and I have seen an amazing improvement in the smell and absorption of my diapers! I have no odors, and they seem to soak up more than with my previous detergent. They are incredibly easy to use- I took 4-5 soap nuts (Most are pieces, so I used the equivalent of 4-5 soap nuts) and put them in one of the Muslin bags. Then at the beginning of my Wash cycle I put the bag in the drum (washing on Hot) and removed the bag before switching over to the dryer- That is it!! That's all you need to do. 4 Soap nuts lasted me 4 washes each before needing to switch over to new soap nuts. In the last 2 weeks I have only used 8 Soap nuts. I got the 500g bag (roughly 175 soap nuts), so if I do one load of diaper per day, this bag will last me 175 days- Two bags will last me almost a year!
So in short they were easy to use, made my diapers scentless, last a long time, and mean absolutely ZERO chemicals on my babies skin. How much better could it get?

I also did a sudsing Test to show you what happens when your washing machine agitates. Here are the results:

I put water in a Jar:

Added one soap nut:

Put the lid on the jar and shook it for about 10 seconds. This is the jar afterwards:

This is the jar a minute later (Notice the activity in the water. That is what is cleaning your clothes)

And this is the jar 5 minute later:

You can order from Greener Living Soap Nuts online HERE.
You can get more info on their website HERE.
You can visit their Facebook page HERE.
You can visit their Youtube videos HERE.

Up for giveaway:
A bag of Greener Living Organic Soap Nuts (500g) just like the one I received. This bag has approximately 175 soap nuts in it. At 4-5 soap nuts a bag, and four washes per bag this should last you around 175 washes!

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