Have you heard of soap nuts? Actually, they're technically a berry. So have you heard of soap berries? They are a magical little fruit which hails from faraway lands. And I bought some recently. Actually I bought 2 lbs of them. And they just came. Super excited!
In a nutshell (ha!), soap nuts/berries are an excellent, superior in fact, alternative to our chemical-laden commercial laundry detergents. They are 100% natural (they really are berries!), totally toxin & chemical free, and are very effective.
|Here's a pic w/me holding my big fat bag of soapnuts for better perspective. Oh, and that's a sample package for my sister. :)|
- Suds = Clean. Wrong! Soap nuts contain saponins and are highly effective cleaners - but produce almost no suds in the laundry.
- Scented clothing = Clean. Wrong! Using scented detergents do nothing but leave potentially irritating residue on clothing. This applies even more to fabric softeners. I can't stand fabric softeners. Haven't used them in years. They're full of useless toxins, give me a headache, and did you know, over time, they can actually "eat" your clothing?
- Chemicals = Clean. Wrong! Well, technically right - but at what cost? The FDA does not currently require our cleaning product companies (or cosmetic/lotion/etc, for that matter) to fully disclose the ingredients in their products. Ever wonder what they mean exactly by "fragrance"? Yeah. And who knows what else is in there?! I do. After doing a little, and then a lot, of research regarding what exactly goes into the products I was using everyday...and what their effects are on my health, my family's health, and my earth...I started looking for alternatives real quick.
So anyway, we're slowly but surely eliminating all that kinda stuff from our home. One thing I'm happy about - I haven't used shampoo or conditioner in...2 years? Give or take. And no, I don't smell like a rhino. ;) However, I do support other artisans (here & here & here are some of my favs) whose livelihood revolves around creating 100% toxin-free, natural and environmentally-friendly handmade soaps. There's another brainwasher - you do not need 20 different soaps in your shower, ladies. I use the same bar for my hair, body, face and shaving. (FYI: There is definitely an adjustment period regarding quitting commercial shampoos, but it is so worth it.)
|Photo credit: OwlNaturals|
This is the site where I purchased my bag-o-nuts. Actually - there is a limited number of their products offered on Amazon too. If you're gonna try out some soapnuts for yourself, I highly suggest doing a bit of basic research. (Great place to start here - tons of info.) This is not one of those "buy the cheapest batch you can find" dealys. One concern I originally had with this soapnut thing was, where do the berries come from? Are they being sustainabley grown and harvested? Are the workers paid fair wages? Is the soapnut industry depriving the local users of their native product? (Well, I guess that's a number of concerns. I can get carried away.) But everything seems to be on the up and up with this company. Actually, they seem to be the best on the market from what I can tell. They have a very informative site and seem to be just as passionate about my health and our earth as I am!
Anyway, like I said, the point of my post today is not to try to tell anyone else how to live. But just to offer some facts and some food for thought. :) If anyone is interested or would like more info on anything I've mentioned today, or similar topics, feel free to comment or email me! I'd love to chat with ya!