It’s been quite a while since we picked up our first box of Eco Nuts at a Whole Foods Market here in Houston. I knew about the product after seeing it on Shark Tank, but had actually never run into it before. Immediately I knew we had to try it.
Eco Nuts. Despite the funny name, there are some serious benefits hiding within this little paper box of laundry detergent.
We’re talking about a detergent that is certified organic, biodegradable, non toxic, non-GMO, contains no dyes, chemicals or perfume, and is all natural.
See, the Eco Nuts are actually dried berries from wild trees that grow in the Himalayas. These trees are amazing! They love poor uncultivated soil and the soap (saponin) produced inside the berries are a natural pesticide.
So that’s all grand! But, how about the stain fighting and freshness power? And how do they work?
Using Eco Nuts is easy. The box comes with two small fabric bags, in which you put about five nuts, and throw in the washer with the load. The soap is inside the shell of the dried berries and the same ones can be used for up to ten loads. Once they become paper thin they’re “done” and can be composted.
Now to the important part; the effectiveness! Well, we’ve found that Eco Nuts are ok for all our normal loads. That’s our cold and eco warm washes of office wear, bras, jeans, linen napkins and blankets. The nuts provide a general freshness and the clothes feel clean.
For more serious stains, or hot (sanitizing) cycles of towels, sweaty shorts, sheets and cleaning rags, we still use Seventh Generation or other eco-friendly, plant-based detergent. I’m a sucker for flower scented towels and the Eco Nuts honestly don’t pack the punch for any type of deep cleaning and/or tough stains.
That said, we buy the gallon sized “regular”detergent and I don’t even know how long we’ve had the same one at this point! If we could use Eco Nuts for the majority of our washing, we’d go thru less than a bottle per year of regular detergent, and with that we’s be saving a generous amount of plastic packaging – but I am not sure how realistic that is!
On a side note, ever since we switched to eco-friendly, plant detergents over four years ago, our front-loaded washer never smells. I honestly believe that Tide (and other famous brands) make your washer smelly on purpose, so they can sell you their washer cleaning packets. Yup.
Try Eco Nuts and let me know your experiences!
More info at EcoNuts.com.