Going Green with Soap Nuts

By Tiffany Miller

As green consumers, we focus a lot of our attention and energy on ways to reduce our carbon footprint on the world. Sometimes this devotion to energy-conservative goals leaves us with more work, or in essence, it can be harder to go green than it would be to live like the typical consumer. After all, cloth diapers aren’t always fun, but no one can argue that they aren’t better for the environment.

While many green initiatives makes things harder for us, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Some environmentally conscious methods are just as easy as the alternative, not to mention, they can also be cheaper.

Take soap nuts for an example. Soap nuts, which are really berry husks, have a natural soap called saponin. The cleaning ingredient in soap nuts works as well as chemical detergents, so when you are doing your laundry, you can have an organic, hypo-allergenic solution that cleans as well as Tide.

With soap nuts, you don’t have to use dryer sheets or fabric softener, as they will make your clothes softer than ever, so the cost (depending on where you get them and what detergent you used to use) can be up to two and a half times less to do your laundry. This cost is lower because you can actually reuse soap nuts for 4-6 wash loads, or even up to 9 if you have a front loader high-efficiency washer.

Even if you use soap nuts on extremely dirty clothes, like your sweaty gym shorts, you will find that you aren’t sacrificing anything in the name of going green. Like with regular detergents, if you have a serious stain from oil or something else, you might need to use a pre-spotter or some kind of bleach along with your soap nuts.

While it can sometimes be a hassle to be environmentally conscious, if you look for them, there are other alternatives that work just as well, if not better, than the more toxic product marketed towards general consumers.

About the Author

Tiffany Miller is a freelance blogger and mother of two from Salt Lake City, UT. She is constantly on the lookout for organic food and environmentally friendly products. In her meantime she can be found working on her new website, everydietcookbooks.com.