Favorite Things Installment #2: Soap Nuts

Soap Nuts? A plant that acts as laundry detergent?

So I have to admit, that when I first heard about these I thought it was some scam to take advantage of the current going green craze. Then I found out that one of my very cool friends, Meridth, used them and she gave me some to try. You put 2-4 of these things in the washing machine with your clothes and viola!

What in the heck is a soap nut, you might ask? It really does come from a plant, but it isn't a nut, it's a berry/fruit. According to the website Green Virgin Products (where I buy my soap nuts): "The soap nut contains a natural soap called saponin. Saponin has cleaning abilities equal to toxic chemical detergents. Soap Nuts are extremely hypo-allergenic and can be used by people who are allergic to all other detergents. They are completely green and don't pollute our planet."
The great thing is, they actually work! And, not only do they replace detergent, but you don't have to use dryer sheets either. You get soft, clean, fresh smelling (there are no perfumes) laundry for a fraction of what you would spend on regular products.

I highly recommend trying these out, especially if you have sensitive skin or are trying to reduce the chemicals in your home!


  1. Wow. I think I might try those. So, you actually use them?

  2. Yup! I'm in love. I haven't tried this, but Meridth said she puts a few drops of essential oil in to give it a light scent. (I don't remember if she said she puts that in the washer or drier)