As you are pouring laundry detergent into your washing machine, have you ever stopped to take a look at what chemicals are in that bottle? When you throw a dryer sheet into the dryer, do you know what you are coating your clothes with? Most laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets contain chemicals that are: skin and eye irritants, carcinogens (can cause cancer), neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, and are linked to fertility issues. In fact, the laundry room has been classified, as potentially, the most toxic room in your house.
I was shocked, when I realized how toxic most detergents are. I don’t want to snuggle with my son and daughter, in a blanket, coated with chemicals that are linked to infertility! I definitely don’t want to bring home my new baby, in clothes coated with carcinogens and neurotoxins! I can’t protect my kids from every bad thing that might happen to them, but I can lessen their exposure to toxic chemicals.
Green Virgin Products carries an entire line of organic laundry products. They base their products off of natural cleaners that are not toxic or harmful to your family. Their amazing laundry detergent is created using USDA certified organic Sapindus Mukorossi soap nuts. What are soap nuts?
Soap nuts are the fruit that grow on the Chinese Soap Berry Tree. The berries are gathered and sun dried, to preserve them. The shell of the soap berry has a high saponin content. Saponin is a natural compound that has amazing cleaning abilities. Soap nuts also have a net negative carbon footprint, making them one of the best green products in the world. Soap nuts are hypoallergenic and gentle on the skin; this makes them great for anyone with sensitive skin issues.
Traditional detergents strip your clothes, to clean them. This leaves the fabric stiff and rough. Most people choose to use fabric softeners or dryer sheets to add the softness that was stripped in the washing process. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets aren’t actually making your fabric more soft, they are just coating your clothes in a waxy substance, so that they feel softer. Soap nuts naturally soften your clothes, as they clean them, so you have no need for fabric softeners and dryer sheets.
Soap nuts are incredibly easy to use. Simply crack open 3-6 soap nuts.
Place the soap nuts in the bag provided.
Tie the pouch shut and slip it into the washing machine, with your laundry.
Remove the pouch after the laundry is finished washing. The pouch should clean between 4-6 loads of laundry, in a regular washing machine and 7-9 loads in a HE washer.
Green Virgin Products also has a liquid soap nuts detergent.
The liquid is made from the highest quality organic Sapindus Mukorossi soap nuts. Green Virgin Products extracts the saponin using only water. They then remove all the solids and tannins and deodorize it. Because this is the extract of a fruit, it has a short shelf life, of about 2 weeks, if no preservative is used. Therefore, a preservative is needed. Preservatives can be extremely toxic. Green Virgin Products developed a preservative that combines caprylyl glycol and phenethyl alcohol. These preservatives are rated a 0 and a 1 on the Skin Deep Data Base (a rating of zero is totally non toxic, a 10 is very toxic). You would use liquid soap nuts just like any other detergent. Simply use three pumps for a traditional washing machine and 2 pumps for a HE washing machine.
I began using soap nuts, but I was worried that I would miss the fresh laundry smell, from the chemical fragrances. After the first load, I hesitantly pulled the clothes out of the dryer, and they smelled like fresh clean cloth. My husband commented that they smelled a little like when clothes are hung outside to dry. Load after load of clothes was thoroughly cleaned, using only a little pouch of soap nuts or a few pumps of liquid soap nuts. I was nervous again, when it was time to wash the towels. It is one thing to get a shirt clean, but it is much more impressive to clean a stinky, dirty towel. I even used an extra pump of liquid soap nuts, just in case, but I shouldn’t have worried. The towels were completely clean!
Green Virgin Products has also formulated a pre-spotting bar. I have two very active (ie messy) kids. I spend a lot of time pre-spotting their clothing. I need something that is easy, and something that gets the spots out! The Formula 433 Pre-spotter is easy to use! Simply wet the bar and apply it to the stain. What is that random pink substance on my son’s shirt? Who knows? But with a simple application of the pre-spotter, and being run through the washing machine (with soap nuts), the stain was completely gone!
Soap nuts are organic, they clean well, and are hypoallergenic. I know what you are thinking, they must be extremely expensive. Nope! I found the cheapest price I could for Tide, and it ended up being 10 cents a load. Soap nuts are only 11 cents a load! But remember, soap nuts naturally soften your clothing, so you will have no more need of fabric softeners and dryer sheets, which is an additional savings for your family. I think that is a great deal! Plus, by switching out traditional laundry detergent for soap nuts, think of all the harmful chemicals that your family will no longer be exposed to.
Guess what? You can easily make the switch to organic soap nuts. Green Virgin Products is hosting a giveaway, exclusively for ILMK readers! They will be giving away an 8oz liquid soap nuts (120 loads), a pre-spot bar, and a 4oz Moringa oil! That’s a $55 value in FREE organic products! All you have to do is fill out at least one entry in the form below. Contest ends 6/16 at 11:59 pm EST. Good Luck!
I was given products to facilitate this review. I was not required to give a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
Congrats to our winner: Trista Wilson, Trista you have been emailed and have 24 hours to reply to it or a new winner will be chosen. Thanks to all who entered, and make sure you check out http://greenvirginproducts.com!
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