That is the new amazing product that our favorite company Eco Nuts offers that we are dying to tell you about! Soap nuts are berries that come from the Himalayas that are grown without any nasty pesticides or chemicals. They have a natural soap “built in” that acts like a surfactant. These are ingredients that get dirt off clothes and keep it in the water when you wash it. They don’t foam up like regular detergent but you should be avoiding things that foam anyway in any of your products! Foam doesn’t clean! It is made using a bunch of nasty chemicals almost always and does nothing other than make you visually think it is cleaning! It is just marketing.
So now you know what a soap nut is, let us tell you why we love this product and Eco Nuts brand! Soap nuts are extremely gentle and natural. This is the reason that moms get fooled into buying the toxic counterparts like Dreft and Free and Clear brands. They are supposed to be safer with no harsh chemicals. Wrong! Check out what ingredients are found in your traditional “safer” detergent:
Dreft marketed specifically FOR BABIES
-contains three chemicals that are required to be listed as “right to know” chemicals and are considered HAZARDOUS INDREDIENTS by OSHA. http://www.docstoc.com/docs/13263951/Liquid-Dreft-Laundry-Detergent-MSDSMeaning they are required to be disclosed as they are considered as potentially toxic. Dreft also contains “fragrance” which is a serious chemical concern. Fragrance is typically created using chemicals called phthalates, which have been linked to birth defects, cancer and more! Not exactly what most moms are trying to buy when they are looking for a safe “for baby” detergent! Clever marketing is what they are buying!
Free and Clear brands
-These may not contain fragrance OR may use other chemicals to mask the smells of other chemicals so you don’t have a smell. Better? Maybe a little…you may or may not be getting exposed to phthalates or other fragrance chemicals. However, the rest of the ingredients are typically the same toxic soup as “regular” detergents that typically contain:
(from the EPA) http://www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/laundry/techfact/keychar.htm
Surfactants- Likely Endocrine Disruptor (affects hormones and reproductive system), toxic to aquatic life, bioaccumulative
Builders-Can lower the oxygen levels in water, killing aquatic life
Bleaches-Creates toxic gasses and toxic chlorinated by-products, breaks down fibers in clothes, can pose a threat to human health
Colorants-May cause cancer or other health concerns in humans
Optical Brighteners-May cause developmental and reproductive effects, potentially toxic
Solvents-Potentially toxic to humans
Sound like a product that you want to use on something that you are going to have against your skin? Or your babies? And keep in mind that these chemicals do NOT wash out fully! Scary! So natural laundry products are very important!
Soap nuts are natural without these nasty chemicals. They are safe for cloth diapers, no nasty chemicals for your babies (ESPECIALLY those with eczema or other skin problems!), chemically sensitive people, and anyone who is trying to choose safer products and eliminate chemicals in their home. They are not actual nuts so no worries for those moms with children with nut allergies. As a mom with a child with eczema, I have found these nuts to be perfect for my baby…no reactions! Especially as you get educated and learn there are so many supposed “green” laundry soaps and detergents that still contain toxic chemicals. So frustrating.
Why Eco Nuts brand? First, they are CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Yay! We love that! Only Eco Nuts only use a specific size and type that is are higher in utility and cleaning power. They are dried out indoors and away from the elements, animals and other unknowns. They are sterilized too for your protection. And of course we LOVE that they are made in the USA
They are easy to use too! You just put a few in a little bag and throw them in the wash! Viola! Then you can use those 10 times and then replace the nuts. For those who like a more liquid type laundry soap, they make a liquid soap nut product that is super concentrated so a tiny capful does a whole load.
So we recommend you give them a shot! We love them because they are SAFE and they WORK! Cloth diapering moms, eczema moms, and all moms trying to avoid chemicals are going to love these!
- Why are Eco Nuts Better?
- Article provided by Jennifer Hankey, President of Organic Baby University. Organic Baby University provides additional resources for moms and videos on their site for moms who want to learn more!To learn more about where these chemicals are found and how to avoid them visit http://www.organicbabyuniversity.com to watch fun, animated videos in their Organic Pregnancy Class and Organic Baby Class! They also have guides and checklists, safe product recommendations, exclusive coupons and more!
About the Author (Author Profile)
Jennifer Hankey is the President of Organic Baby University. Organic Baby University is a site dedicated to teaching pregnant women and moms how and why to avoid the common, harmful chemicals in everyday products.
To learn more about where these chemicals are found and how to avoid them visit http://www.organicbabyuniversity.com to watch fun, animated videos in their Organic Pregnancy Class and Organic Baby Class! They also have guides and checklists, exclusive coupons and more!