Eco Nuts - Organic Laundry Soap Nuts 100 Loads - .5 oz. (14g)
Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Soap Nuts are both de-seeded and sterilized for consumer protection - the only soap nuts on the market that are both! This is their regular Medium size. It is incredibly lightweight and economical at 12 cents a load! Plus, they include two reusable wash bags so you can do multiple loads at once. They suggest this in particular for the elderly, anyone in apartments or college kids who don't want to carry big heavy bottles of detergent up and down flights of stairs. Stay lightweight and you can be Eco Friendly at the same time! Theyguarantee their loads! As with any natural product there can be some variations. Note: if you are using an HE (front loading) machine, they recommend our Liquid Detergent. Eco Nuts soap nuts will get the job done, but the liquid works better and is specially formulated for HE machines.
- Fragrance Free
- Kills Odors
- Nut Allergy Safe
Nut Allergy Safe!
Eco Nuts are actually a berry fruit related to the lychee and are not nuts at all. They are completely nut allergy safe and have been used successfully with no reactions by people with nut allergies. They earned the name "nuts" because they dry into hard shells like nuts instead of squishy fruit.
While Eco Nuts has been a terrific solution for many customers with skin allergies and other conditions, people who have many allergies or compromised immune systems should always take proper precautions and first wash one small item in a small container or sink OR do a patch test before washing an entire load in the washing machine.
Not just your everyday soap nut!
If you are familiar with soap nuts, their Eco Nuts have become a widely recognized brand name. Don't settle for generic Soap Nuts. Their soap nuts are wild grown organically in the pristine Himalayan regions of Nepal. carefully sorted using their proprietary organic sterilization process before they are packaged. After all this sorting and care, those soap nuts become Eco Nuts. They are currently the only soap nut company that they know of to be utilizing these methods and technology both in the US and overseas. If you ever find that your package of Eco Nuts is unsatisfactory they will gladly refund your money or send you new soap nuts. Eco Nuts are high in quality and cleaning power because in addition to their proprietary sorting and handling process, they also only use a particular variety and size. Their proprietary sorting process also ensures a consistency in shape and texture that makes Eco Nuts pleasant and easy to use. Because they lovingly and carefully hand package in the USA, they can also eliminate individualized plastic wrapping otherwise required by customs.
Eco Nuts Soap Nuts are a berry that grows in the Himalayas that naturally produces a soap. The soap is called saponin, a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away.
Eco Nuts are gentle on both clothes and skin, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin, eczema, allergies and psoriasis. Because they are so mild, they are perfect for baby clothes and cloth diapers. All-Natural Eco Nuts are also great for septic and grey water systems. But don't expect these shells to foam up like commercial soaps, which have artificial foaming agents. Foam simply does not represent cleaning power.
Eco Nuts are wild-harvested, meaning they are gathered from wild trees grown without any kind of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. The saponin actually tastes bad to insects so no pesticides are needed, and the trees naturally love poor uncultivated soil. They are organically grown by mother earth and certified USDA Organic by Oregon Tilth. Their soap nuts are both de-seeded and sterilized - the only soap nuts on the market that are both!
The towels on the right have been washed for several loads with a regular chemical detergent, while the towels on the left were washed for several loads with Eco Nuts.
The Eco Nuts towels are noticeably fluffier (and MUCH softer) because of Eco Nuts' ability to gently loosen fibers. Chemical detergents can beat and weaken fibers resulting in your clothes and towels "wearing out" much sooner. Try Eco Nuts and you'll notice less pilling on your fabrics and extended overall life of textiles. Get softer fabrics AND save money, too!
During the rinse cycle a small amount of saponin (the soap) is released which acts as a natural fabric softener - opening up the fabric fibers instead of leaving a residue. No need to take out before the rinse- leave it in the whole time. Because it is a natural soap and not a synthetic chemical, it will not leave a grime on the fabrics as you would expect with regular detergent, making Eco Nuts a great choice for sensitive skin.
Don't wash your baby's clothes, bedding, stuffed animals and cloth diapers in anything else! Eco Nuts is 100% Non Toxic - your family deserves the best!
How To Use Soap Nuts For Laundry
It takes only four easy steps to naturally clean, odor-free laundry!how to use Soap Nuts
- Place 4-5 Eco Nuts in the reusable wash bag provided and tie it closed.
- Put it in with your laundry and wash as normal, per manufacturer instructions.
- Remove the bag at the end of the wash and set aside to dry or do another load.
- Re-use up to 10 times* until they start to disintegrate and then they can be composted in your garden or simply add new Eco Nuts to the bag.
- Do not overfill your laundry machine, the Eco Nuts work more efficiently with more agitation and room to work. There is no need to add fabric softener; your laundry will come out soft and fluffy without it. Make sure you store Eco Nuts in a cool, dry place.
Eco Nuts can be used in both standard and high-efficiency machines (HE). Eco Nuts work in all washing machines with any temperature water. That's as simple as it gets! If you are washing clothes or items that are a little more soiled than usual, try these advanced methods:
- Very Heavy Soils:
Pre soak 4-5 Eco Nuts in the sack in hot water for a few minutes and add the "tea" with the sack and put fewer clothes in the machine to provide the most agitation.
- Brighter Whites:
Separate whites by themselves and add some bleach according to bleach instructions (they recommend eco-friendly oxygen bleach, but any will work). A cup of lemon juice will also work naturally.
- Hand Wash:
Soak 2 Eco Nuts in bag provided in hot water and add the "tea" to your cool water basin.
Like regular laundry detergent, Eco Nuts do not remove very greasy stains. Pre treat grease stains with a stain remover prior to washing.
- Wet Suit Wash:
They highly recommend their Liquid detergent for use with wetsuits and other outdoors equipment. However, the nuts will still work in a pinch.
Put 5 Eco Nuts in wash bag and toss in a glass of warm water and let soak for 5 minutes. Add the water and the bag to your wash tub or bucket and agitate the suit. Rinsing is optional but recommended to remove sand. Dry normally by hanging. Alternately, you can place the bag in a bucket of water and leave it in the sun before you go surfing. the "tea" should be ready for washing when you get back.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I've heard of something called soap nuts. Is this the same thing?
A: Soap nuts is the generic term for the berry their products are made with. Eco Nuts has become a widely recognized brand name for soap nut based products. Don't settle for generic soap nuts. Eco Nuts soap nuts are the only soap nuts to go through a sterilization process for consumer protection. This sterilization process is USDA Organic approved. Their proprietary sorting process also ensures a consistency in shape and texture that makes Eco Nuts pleasant and easy to use. Because they lovingly and carefully hand package in the USA, they can also eliminate individualized plastic wrapping otherwise required by customs.
Q: Do the Eco Nuts soap nuts actually work?
A: You don't have to take their word for it! They've sent off free samples to be reviewed independently and they'll post them all on here. Check out their testimonials page for customer testimonials, or their Reviews page. They never pay for any of their reviews - they are all honest and unbiased.
Q: Do your laundry products work in a front-loading or High Efficiency (HE) machines?
A: Absolutely! They are low sudsing and high in cleaning power. Just put the wash bag directly into your machine with the rest of your clothes. Because of the large amount of variables with front loading machines, they recommend the liquid detergent for HE machines (though it works in both).
Q: OMG I accidentally put the bag with Eco Nuts into the dryer! Are they still usable?
A: Yes! Never fear - continue use as normal
Q: Is this a berry or a nut or fruit or what?
A: If you want to get technical, it is actually a drupe - a fruit in which an outer fleshy part surrounds a pit or large seed. The chinese soapberry tree is closely related to lychees. In the case of Eco Nuts, they have removed the inner seed for you. Other plants that produce drupes are coffee, mangoes, cherries, apricots, peaches and plums
Q: I have nut allergies, are these safe?
A: It is safe for people with nut allergies because it's a fruit and not a nut (though they definitely resemble nuts!)Many people with severe nut allergies have used Eco Nuts with no problems or reactions. While Eco Nuts has been a terrific solution for many customers with skin allergies and other conditions, people who have many allergies or compromised immune systems should always take proper precautions and first wash one small item in a small container or sink OR do a patch test before washing an entire load in the washing machine.
Q: How do these work exactly?
A: Eco Nuts contain an all natural chemical called saponin that acts as a surfactant. The saponin is released from the berry when it is agitated in water. Regular detergents also contain a manmade, chemical surfactant. Surfactants work by breaking the surface tension of the water so it better penetrates cloth fibers. The agitation made by your laundry machine shakes the dirt loose and and the saponin holds it in the water until it is rinsed away. To learn more about surfactants, check out their blog post.
Q: Because the bag is in the machine for the whole wash, even the rinse cycle, is that okay? Are my clothes being washed twice?
A: In the rinse cycle, Eco Nuts release very little saponin since the rinse cycle is cooler water. That small amount of saponin acts as a natural fabric softener opening up fibers and making your clothes soft and fluffy without heavy residue buildup like other fabric softeners.
Q: Can I use bleach with these?
A: Sure! They recommend an eco-friendly oxygen bleach, but any brand is fine. Keep in mind that standard bleach deteriorates fabrics through oxidation causing them to wear out sooner. Another Eco-friendly way of bleaching is by putting your articles out in the sun.
Q: How Do I store Eco Nuts?
A: Make sure they are kept in a cool, dry place away from any moisture.
Q: There's some berry halves in here. Are those okay to use and will they still work?
A: Yes, you can use them! The saponin is contained in the skin of the berry so any sized piece will still release that saponin. There are some companies that only offer whole berries but they don't see why any should go to waste, which is why when it goes through their hand-sorting process they allow some halves to get through and they judge on size and weight. The berries are slit open during the pitting/drying process so sometimes the whole berries break in two. When measuring for your bag, simply take two halves to equal a whole! The pieces can also be re-used - same as the whole berries.
Q: Do I need to use hot or warm water or can I wash in cold water?
A: They encourage you to read the labels on your garments and linens and wash with the recommended temperature of the fabric. Eco Nuts will work in any temperature water. Hot water will release more saponin. Sometimes in very cold water they will not release enough soap to really clean clothes, so in those cases they recommend making "tea" by placing the bag with the nuts into a cup of hot water and letting it sit up to 10 minutes, then add both the water and bag directly into the drum of the machine. Alternatively you can use their liquid detergent if you only wish to do cold water washing, which is formulated to work in a wider range of water conditions. You can read more on hot water vs cold water in their blog post here. In cases of very soiled garments, it's a good idea to wash on warmer water temperatures as that will not only aid in the release of more soap, but the release of soil from clothes as well.
Q: How do I tell when the Eco Nuts are used up?
A: There are a few ways to tell when the nuts are used up. A disintegrated soap nut won't look like it did originally. It will be thin, light colored and falling apart and will resemble floppy/broken peanut shells. It may also crunch or break apart when you squeeze it (if dry).
Here is a chart showing you when they are done.
Here's some other ways to tell:
- Smell the bag when wet. Saponin has a fruity odor when wet. When you take the bag out of the machine, smell it. If there is a slight fruity smell, the nuts are still good for more loads.
- Run the bag under a faucet and squeeze. You'll see little tiny suds if there is still soap.
- Feel the nuts when wet. They will have an almost slippery sudsy feeling to them if there is still soap.
About Eco Nuts
Eco Nuts was conceived as a company that could transcend the cleaning industry in becoming a leader in environmentally responsible practices. They are environmentally friendly in our operations and socially responsible in dealing with their customers, partners and suppliers. All their products are cruelty and paraben-free, vegan, tested only on humans, and utilize recycled or recyclable packaging!
They strive with their packaging and products to have as little impact on the environment as possible, and that means no plastic in every instance it can be avoided. Whenever possible, they incorporate recycled, repurposed, sustainable and organic materials. Every box of Eco Nuts purchased is one less plastic detergent bottle, making it into a landfill or using precious resources in order to recycle that plastic.
The choice of recycled carboard for the Eco Nuts is obvious, but they reviewed and settled on aluminum to contain their liquid. Aluminum can be recycled endless times - over and over again. It is more energy-efficient to recycle aluminum than ever before. Aluminum can recycling saves 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from bauxite ore. Energy savings in 1992 were enough to light a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years. (Can Manufacturers Institute 1993. The Great Aluminum Can Roundup.)
They want to promote and support the recycled aluminum industry in the United States. It conserves energy as well as supporting small towns that depend solely on the aluminum production plants. Without those plants, thousands of people would lose their jobs.
- To lead by example with socially and environmentally responsible business practices.
- To use only sustainable, non-toxic ingredients with zero hazardous waste generation.
- To offer superior quality in all their products and packaging with environmental integrity.
- To provide excellent service to our customers, vendors, employees and the community.
- To support local and global charities, environmental and community groups to the best of our ability.
The Eco Nuts Guarantee:
Eco Nuts guarantees your satisfaction! They make and sell quality products, but there can be variations as with any natural product.