I first heard about the Soap Nut phenomenon from a friend of mine. I had been having issues with diaper funk and she suggested I give them a try. I was skeptical to say the least but my tried and true cloth diaper detergent was failing me.
The Soap Nuts were very easy to use. I placed about 4-6 Soap Nuts in a small muslin bag and tossed them in the washing machine with my laundry. They lasted through quite a few loads and then became mushy. I then switched them out for a new batch of Soap Nuts. I like that they are so simple to use there is no measuring and I do not have to add anything else to the wash.
Overall, I have to say that I am 100% impressed. For the first time in months, my diapers do not smell. They are clean and white with just one wash, instead of my usual two or three. I have been using the Soap Nuts for an entire month now and I am still really impressed with the results. So impressed that I am actually considering switching over to Soap Nuts for our regular laundry too. If that is not enough to convince you, my husband even said he was surprised at how clean smelling and looking our diapers have been.
Some fun facts about Soap Nuts:
- Soap Nuts are not actually a nut but a dried fruit from a tree of the genus Sapindus. They are closely related to the Lychee family.
- The shells of the Soap Nuts contain saponin, which when mixed and agitated in water will lather and cleanse.
- There are no chemicals, the fruit is simply harvested and dried.
- Soap Nuts are biodegradable and hypo-allergenic