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Soapnuts. Anyone ever use them?

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geckodani

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I had a major allergy scare a few weeks ago, and have been looking for alternatives to some of my usual laundry and cleaning products as a result. I stumbled across soapnuts in my search. Has anyone used them? Would I be crazy to give them a go?

Here are two sites:

http://www.soapnuts.ca/faqs.html

http://www.zamuta.com/

I googled them and a bajillion and 4 sites pop up as well.
 

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I''ve thought about trying them, but I''ve also been meaning to make my own laundry soap, so I have to go through that process first.

I''ll be interested in hearing whether anyone has positive reviews of the Soapnuts.
 

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Interesting. It also says you can polish silver and gold jewellery with them.
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I''ve never heard of them before. Do they leave anything behind in your washer, or do they just dissolve? Sounds really cool.
 

geckodani

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From what I've read, you toss a few nuts in a cloth bag, throw it in with the wash and that's it. Apparantly the saponin rinses away, and the little bit left acts as a fabric softener. They're supposed to be good for 4-6 loads.

I'm completely intrigued. I'm going to have to get some and wash a load of towels or something. I'll report back.
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ETA: The shells and nuts themselves don't dissolve, but you can compost and/or toss them.
 
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