I was kindly sent a sample of Eco-Nuts, and they really are ingenious and simple. It’s a bag containing several “completely sustainable dried fruit shells that come from the Sapindus mukorossi tree in Nepal, India and Indonesia.” You toss the little bag of the “nuts” in with your laundry, and clothes come out clean. That’s it.
No chemical smell. No phthalates, phosphates, or other chemicals.
What is really cool is that you no longer need the rinse cycle if you use these. Read: Save water. How do they work?
“Eco Nuts™ contain 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. Because Eco Nuts™ leave no harmful residuals on fabric, the rinse cycle is not needed. If you wish, you can stop your machine once the wash cycle is done and save gallons of water per cycle.”
Eco-nuts are great to use with sensitive skinned babies, children with allergies and eczema, and on cloth diapers.
They are also beneficial for septic and grey water systems (image the lessening of the nutrient load to surrounding waterways as well).
There is no complicated procedure, here is how you use them (the only problem I ran into was finding the bag in my pile of laundry!):
“How To Use for Laundry
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 at least 5-7 times until they become mushy, light tan or gray, and then they can be composted in your garden.”
(How cool is that?)
Thanks, Eco-Nuts for this sustainable, green product. Here’s to chemical free laundary.