Eco Nuts – Natural Liquid Detergent
$10.99 – $99.99
Best for HE Machines!
Made from soapberry extract with only three ingredients, the combination has proved to be a highly effective cleaner, requiring only a teaspoon for a regular load of laundry.
Eco Nuts Liquid Detergent contains no dyes, fragrances, fillers, enzymes or optical brighteners and is 100% SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) 1, 4 dioxane, and phosphate-free.
Soapberry extract, vegetable glycerin, Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative)
Eco Nuts Liquid Detergent contains no dyes, fragrances, fillers, enzymes or optical brighteners and is 100% SLS (sodium laurel sulfate)and phosphate-free.
We recommend this in particular if you have hard water, an HE (front loading) machine, or like to wash primarily on cold, though it will work in all machine types and temperatures.
*When washing cloth diapers, it is best to use Eco Nuts for all laundry due to residue left in the machine by other detergents.
Why Eco Nuts?
The natural soap found in these berries is called saponin. Saponin is 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.
Eco Nuts Soap Nuts are gentle on both clothes and skin, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin, eczema, allergies and psoriasis. Because they are so mild, they are perfect for baby clothes and even cloth diapers. All-Natural Eco Nuts Soap Nuts are also great for septic and grey water systems. Unlike commercial soaps, that have artificial foaming agents, soap nuts do not produce lots of bubbles or foam. While commercial detergents and soaps have marketed heavily around that visual, foam simply is not an indicator of cleaning power.
All Soap Nuts by Eco Nuts are wild-harvested, meaning they are gathered from wild trees grown without any kind of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. Saponin actually tastes bad to insects so no pesticides are needed, and the trees naturally love poor uncultivated soil. They are organically grown by mother earth and certified USDA Organic by Oregon Tilth.
Q: How do these work exactly?
A: Eco Nuts contain an all natural chemical called saponin that acts as a surfactant. The saponin is released from the berry when it is agitated in water. Regular detergents also contain a manmade, chemical surfactant. Surfactants work by breaking the surface tension of the water so it better penetrates cloth fibers. The agitation made by your laundry machine shakes the dirt loose and the saponin holds it in the water until it is rinsed away.
Q: Do your laundry products work in a front-loading or High Efficiency (HE) machines?
A: Absolutely! They are low sudsing and high in cleaning power. Just put the wash bag directly into your machine with the rest of your clothes. Because of the large amount of variables with front loading machines, we recommend the liquid detergent for HE machines (though it works in both).
Q: Is this a berry or a nut or fruit or what?
A: If you want to get technical, it is actually a drupe – a fruit in which an outer fleshy part surrounds a pit or large seed. The chinese soapberry tree is closely related to lychees. In the case of Eco Nuts, we have removed the inner seed for you. Other plants that produce drupes are coffee, mangoes, cherries, apricots, peaches and plums.
Nut Allergy Safe!
Soap Nuts are actually a berry fruit related to the lychee and are not nuts at all. They are completely nut allergy safe and have been used successfully with no reactions by people with nut allergies. They earned the name “nuts” because of the way that they dry into hard shells resembling nuts, as opposed to squishy fruit. If you have heard of “Soap Berries” they are the same thing, and both terms are used interchangeably.
While Soap Nuts have been a terrific solution for many customers with skin allergies and other conditions, people who have many allergies or compromised immune systems should always take proper precautions and first wash one small item in a small container or sink OR do a patch test before washing an entire load in the washing machine.