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April 10, 2009

Plastic-Free Soap Nuts

UPDATE: Sadly, LaundryTree has closed its doors.  You can now buy plastic-free soap nuts from Life Without Plastic, but don’t leave just yet!  This is still a great story about how to get companies to change their packaging.  It also contains practical information about soap nuts and how to use them.

The original post…

Put on your fuzzy slippers. Grab a mug of cocoa. Sit back, and let me tell you a little story about why it’s worth it for us to ask for what we want. There’s free stuff at the end, so hang in with me.

Have you ever done your laundry with soap nuts or been curious to find out how they work? Soap nuts grow on a tree called Sapindus mukorossi (Chinese Soapberry) and contain saponin, a natural surfactant which foams just like soap. I’ve wanted to try soap nuts since I first spotted them in a natural grocery store a couple of years ago but have always been deterred by the plastic in the packaging. Although they are imported, the idea of using a laundry soap that contains only one, minimally-processed natural ingredient (the soap nuts are harvested, de-seeded, and sun-dried) appealed to me.

So last month, when the bloggers at Tiny Choices announced a LaundryTree soap nuts giveaway, I was pretty excited. Excited, that is, until I clicked on the site and saw the soap nuts packaging. Looked like plastic bags to me.

Not one to give up so easily, I left a comment asking what the packaging was made from. I wanted to be sure. Jenn at Tiny Choices forwarded my comment to Lisa at LaundryTree, who responded to me right away and asked for helping de-plasticking her packaging.

Less than one month later, LaundryTree has already switched to recycled paper bags! Check out the sample I received in the mail:

The natural kraft paper bags contain 40% recycled content and are lined with a minimal amount of PLA (to keep the soap nuts fresh) which makes the bags fully compostable or recyclable.

I am so impressed with a business owner that listens to her customers and responds so quickly. Isn’t this the kind of business we’d all like to support?

Of course, the packaging would be irrelevant if the soap nuts themselves didn’t work. So before writing this post, I of course tried them out. And actually, I could just send you over to the Tiny Choices review of soap nuts because their review is very similar to what I’m about to write here. They even linked to the same Wikipedia page. But to spare you the extra clicks, I’ll go ahead and write my own glowing review.

Soap nuts only release their saponin in warm or hot water. I wash in cold to save energy. But never fear, there is an easy solution. Mix up a batch of SoapNuts Soak by bringing a pot of water to a boil, removing it from the heat, tossing in 6-8 soap nuts, and letting them sit covered over night. In the morning, strain into a couple of glass jars. The used soap nuts can go in the compost. Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per laundry load.

By the way, I’ve noticed that another major distributor of soap nuts is now selling a liquid version in plastic bottles. Look how easy it is to make without the plastic. Easy as boiling water. Of course, if you’re like me and forget about pots on the stove, this procedure might not be as easy as it is for most. Still, I can deal. Because one batch of Soapnut Soak will do at least 8 loads of laundry.

Now, I’ll be honest. Soap nuts smell pretty darned funky. In fact, when I poured some out on the carpet this morning to take a picture, Soots and Arya went just a little nutty sniffing them. So, as you can imagine, I was skeptical about how my laundry would smell. LaundryTree promises that our clothes will not end up smelling like the soap nuts.

So, after adding the Soapnut Soak to my cold water load of light colors, and watching in amazement at the amount of foamy bubbles produced, I felt compelled to sniff every item as it came out of the washing machine. And you know what? They just smelled clean. Fresh. That’s the only way I can describe the scent. It was nothing like the smell of the soap nuts.

Some people prefer to add scent to their laundry, and to that end, LaundryTree sells a variety of essential oils. For me, the oils were completely unnecessary. I like my clean to smell like clean.

So, would you like to try them? LaundryTree has kindly offered to provide sample bags of soap nuts (the size of the small cloth pouch in the photo) to 10 lucky winners. Each winner will receive two bags: one to keep and one to share with a friend. Here are my contest rules, which I am making up on the spot:

NOTE: The soap nuts contest is over and winners have been announced here.

1) Leave a comment below. Since I wrote a letter to Planet Earth yesterday, and since Planet Earth was kind enough to respond, please add your two cents. What would you say to Planet Earth if you had the chance? Make it as long or short as you want. Planet Earth has all the time in the world.

2) Please leave a way for me to contact you. If you have a blog, you can leave the URL of your blog. If not, you can email me directly with your email address. But you must leave a comment here first!

Why am I requiring contact info this time? Because I don’t want to have to chase after your butts if you win and then don’t check back and then I have to choose someone else. Feh. Let’s just get it right the first time!

Want your soap nuts right away? Lisa is offering Fake Plastic Fish readers a 15% discount through April 20. Use the discount code FAKEPLASTICFISH when you place your order. Lisa is still using up her supply of plastic bags, but if you use that code, you’ll not only receive a discount, but you can be assured that your soap nuts will be packaged in paper.

Oh, and one more thing. Soap nuts come in various sized bags, so order the largest size you’ll use to avoid unnecessary waste. Paper and PLA, as you know, have their eco consequences too.

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1 year 6 months ago

@Rebecca that is some really interesting information.  I’m going to look further into this, is I am a big fan and user, and advocate and promoter, of soap nuts.  I had no idea about the consequences you mentioned.

[…] first read about these via Beth Terry.  She even got them to change the packaging so hers would have no plastic!  I ordered mine […]

5 years 1 month ago
I scanned over the other comments, however, I didn´t read every single of them, so I´m sorry if someone else already pointed this out: While I appreciate the idea of a laundry detergent that grows on trees and doesn´t have to be made from chemicals… I read a book recently that made me re-think my enthusiasm on this particular “green product” (and some others, too). The book is called “Ende der Märchenstunde” and is in German… so probably not too interesting for most of the readers of this blog. ;-) Essentially, it´s about questioning the actual impact of “conscious consumerism”,… Read more »
Thien An
6 years 8 months ago

I have been looking for this berry for so long! I'm glad to have found it on your website and your great review of

My mother used to wash her hair with these berries when she was much younger living in Vietnam. Ever since I've been looking for them and coming up with weird names. Earlier tonight, gave up and decided to write the simplest thing that came to my mind and it happened to bring me to your website.

Thank you!!

Thien An from

7 years 8 days ago

I got my winnin’s in the mail a few days ago. Thanks for hosting the contest!

7 years 9 days ago

Mother Earth,
Thanks for being who you are and I’m sorry we do not take better care of you. I’m trying my best to be responsible and teach my daughter how to take better care of you. I hope more people realize the importance of taking care of you.


7 years 11 days ago

What a great blog you have! I found you in my search for soap nuts info. You’ve convinced me that it’s something I need to try so if the promo is still open please throw my hat in the ring.

And my question to Mother Earth – Please can you tell me if the little things I am doing add up? I worry that it’s just a drop in the ocean since corporations are still allowed to pollute with little or no consequence.

Fake Plastic Fish
7 years 11 days ago

Anita, I’m sorry you got the plastic bag! Did you use the FAKEPLASTICFISH discount code?

Anita K
7 years 12 days ago

I was so excited to try these, especially with the no plastic packaging, but I got my soapnuts in plastic. Maybe it was because I ordered a kit with fragrance and they were pre-packed. I dunno. I was a bit bummed, but if they work for me I will order more contingent on the packaging!

This is the constant struggle, trying to go against what, for some reason, is still the mainstream! It shouldn’t take so much effort to reduced my own plastic use. We try!

Thank for the review for this product and for helping them change their packaging!

7 years 14 days ago

Dear Mother Earth,

We’re trying!

kath1216 [AT] aol [DOT] com

7 years 17 days ago

i’d love to try soapnuts

7 years 18 days ago

Dear Mother Earth:

Does it annoy you when everyone says that earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that occur near each other in time but on opposite sides of an ocean or around the edges of adjacent tectonic plates aren’t related? I’m a geologist by training, and it annoys me when people think they’re not, when it should be so obvious that they are.

Trying my best to help protect you (doing a lot of walking…)…

Mrs Bell Gets Schooled
7 years 19 days ago

Dear Earth,
Thank you and I vote you as the TRUE Miss Universe!

Stephanie Bell (@prncesspurdylily)

7 years 22 days ago

I just started reading your site and am loving it! Thank you so much for all the research you do and sharing it.

Is it too late to enter the soap nut drawing? If so, I will visit the other site and order some. Or just do that anyway.

Thank again!

Lynn from
7 years 22 days ago


I love your brand of activism. I love how you raise the right questions and work with companies to get to more sustainable solutions. First Brita, now SoapNuts…what’s next?

Of course, if every company responded like SoapNuts did, what a different world this would be….

Great, great story – thanks for sharing.

And I’ve been wondering what the heck all the buzz was about soapnuts…now I have to try them!

7 years 22 days ago
Not after the soapnuts – we have some already! :) Great post though!! Have you researched PLA well & would it be okay for food products too?(& is it fully recyclable/compostable/zero waste & health friendly? any links to research/studies would be heartily appreciated!) I talked to an organic pasta manufacturer & they were interested to hear about alternatives to cellophane?!! Also, local soapnuts distributors here in Slovenia mostly offer cellophane/plastics versions too, so I might ask them a similar question like you have? ;) my Mum washes hair with soapnuts+aa bit of lemon juice now too, & she loves it!… Read more »
Braedy Tritthart
7 years 22 days ago

I’d say… Planet Earth I’m sorry for the way I’ve treated you the majority of my life. I’ve woken up and seen what I’ve been doing to you, and I’m working on that extra hard now. I devote my time and effort into improving my carbon footprint. I’ve become a vegetarian, started recycling, composting, and purchasing all organics, organic and sustainable crop clothing. I’ve seen the error of my ways, and am ready to change, and hope to inspire others along the way.

7 years 22 days ago

I would apologize to Mother Earth for the footprint that I have inevitably created.

7 years 22 days ago
Condo Blues, According to the laundry tree website, “Can I use soapnuts in HE/front loading washers? – Absolutely! In fact, because they don’t create many suds, soapnuts are great for high-efficiency (HE, or front-loading) washers! A front-loading washing machine requires a special detergent, called HE detergent, to allow it to clean your laundry properly. HE detergent is unique because it doesn’t produce lots of suds like regular detergent does. Soapnuts are naturally a low-sudsing product — with no added fillers, dyes or chemicals to create bubbles in the wash. But even without the bubbles, you will find that the soapnuts… Read more »
Condo Blues
7 years 22 days ago
Yo Mama (Earth), What’s up? As a student of history, I know that humans are a wasteful species. Drives me nuts, but I can’t get all doom and gloom on you because I see little things around me that show that as a whole, we humans are getting better at treating you right. I see that people are buying less extra stuff, trying to make do with what they have, and reuse things instead of tossing them in a landfill. I see people trying to use less gas/electric/water. They are proclaiming 2009 The Year of the Garden because so many… Read more »
7 years 22 days ago

Dear Earth,
How many people do we need to make the change away from plastic before you start feeling better?

Just started reading your blog & love it.

Susan Dorey
7 years 22 days ago

I’m willing to try using soapnuts in my front-loading washing machine. I greatly appreciate the absence of plastic packaging! And the absence of “fragrance.”

Can soapnuts be used for shampoo?

Susan Dorey

7 years 22 days ago

Another thing:
soapnuts are here sold in bags made with fabrics (no platis bags). You can then reuse the bag for another purpose!Sorry for my poor english ….

7 years 22 days ago
HelloI am French and I have been using soapnuts for nearly 2 years. It is a great way to wash your clothes, and it really works ! It is environment friendly compared to washing powder. Ok, it comes from Himalaya (so use of petrol to bring it over to my country). But think about the impact of washing powder or liquid on the environement: a plastic bottle, petrol to produce it + petrol to produce the washing powder (liquid) + petrol to bring it to your supermarket + petrol to bring the bottle home (welle 6 times per year !).… Read more »
Cheap Like Me
7 years 22 days ago
Dear Earth, Sorry I missed you yesterday for the holiday. I was at my other mother’s house for Easter dinner. Those events are getting more exciting, though, as my family members have begun reading my blog, and nearly every time I see them they are excited to show me something they are doing that is good for you. This time, my sister had made a completely eco-friendly Easter basket for my daughter (a paper bag with handmade paper decorations, some books and clothing inside), and my mother just bought a Dutch oven to begin making her own bread. I know… Read more »
7 years 23 days ago
Those soapnuts things sound cool. Would those who pick them up mind doing some science for the rest of us and see how well they work in front load vs top washers, cold vs warm water for the liquid and solid versions, etc? hjohnson587 at good ole G-Mail (take THAT spam bots!) Dear Earth, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. We seem to be going through a rough patch in our relationship these days. I love your birds and flowers, and you do a lot for me that I don’t even know. Looking to the face of that… Read more »
plastic earthling
7 years 23 days ago


Can you feel the fish swimming in the ocean, and does it make you itchy to have so many things crawling on you, and when it lightnings do you get excited like me, and do you miss the moon?

Fancy Pants Elitist
7 years 23 days ago

Wow this is absolutely a terrific Idea. And they will work in HE front loaders! This is terrific, thanks for the tip! Please include me in the contest.

twitter me at LadyLiberty13

7 years 23 days ago

Dear Earth-
Man is supposed to be caretaker of you.
I am sorry for the way man has taken care of you. It seems a lot of times that Man uses the easy way to acheive things. My guilt is laundry-
I have used soap nuts in the past- they worked adequate. But then I got into the recycled bottle thing. I may have to give them another try.
Love, Rob

7 years 23 days ago

Dear Mother Earth,
I have been trying to help keep you cleaner. Everyone in my family has noticed, and everyone at work. Trying these soap nuts would be another way to help. Thank you.

Joyce Howden

7 years 23 days ago
Dear Planet Earth, my family is really trying to do all we can to make life better for all living beings. I despair that others are making bad choices and hope that what I am doing now will make a difference. Please send a sign to the men and women carrying around paper coffee cuos and a danish packed in clear clam shell packaging. Send them a sign. I would love to win the soap nuts. I am close to being out of my detergent and am researching new alternatives. New reader with a blog and contact info. :)
7 years 24 days ago

my email was rejected, I’ll try again. Still didn’t work, said it failed permanently!


7 years 24 days ago

Dear Planet Earth,

Sorry about the mess, we’re trying to get it cleaned up!


P.S. Happy Birthday (april 22) ;o)

7 years 24 days ago

soapnuts soapnuts soapnuts. gimme. you said u love me. you know how to reach me. :-X

Mindful Momma
7 years 24 days ago

So Mother Earth – what else do you have up your sleeve? You make food that nourishes our bodies, medicines that cure our ills and now nuts that clean our clothes??? You are truly amazing!

(and thank goodness you’ve got Beth in your corner – she’s one heck of an ally!)

7 years 25 days ago

I would ask Mother Earth for forgiveness for anything I’ve done wrong and for the times I’ve been lazy and selfish.

I’ve been wanting to try these soapnuts!

7 years 25 days ago

Dear Planet Earth,

I really enjoy living on you. Please don’t wipe us out; we’re trying to mend our errors. I hope my personal efforts are a help.

– Rachel

7 years 25 days ago

Dear Mother Earth,

I am sorry for the part I have had in hurting you. I am doing my best to live more lightly upon your surface even though sometimes it seems impossible. This past year has been an incredible journey and I am so happy to have become closer and more in tune to you. Thank you for all your gifts to us – I promise to use them wisely.


7 years 25 days ago

Dear Earth,
Some people are trying, and some are not. I am doing my best to educate people to treat the earth better, and I am doing my best to try to make up for their failures.
I just wish people would realize how important it is.

7 years 25 days ago

Dearest Mother,

I would like to know if you can heal. So many of us see your pain, feel it with you, and are trying to ease it as best we can.
Is it making enough of a difference?

And Berry.. you CAN use soapnuts with cloth diapers!

7 years 25 days ago

Wow, never heard of soapnuts before! I recently mixed up a bucket of laundry soap with Fels Naptha, borax and washing soda, but my sensitive son broke out in a rash from using it. :-( Wonder if soapnuts would have the same effect?

Hmmm… Planet Earth am I doing enough to keep you healthy? Some do more, many do less, but where is the sustainable medium for you and me?

7 years 25 days ago

I would thank Planet Earth for all that she has given me…because really, where would I be without her? I would also ask if I’m doing the right thing: I like to believe it all matters, but sometimes I could use a little support and encouragement.

You may contact me at

7 years 25 days ago
Dear Mother– I wanted to say thank you. I don’t take enough time out of my day to thank you, I really should. I should thank you not only for the beauty you have surrounded us with — the mountains I can see from my window, the smell of the rain or the snow, the beautiful way that the plants around me grow and support each other — but thank you for shining, and sharing. Thank you for sharing everything you have with us, for letting us explore you and learn from you, from giving us yourself to be fascinated… Read more »
7 years 25 days ago

Thanks, everyone, for sharing our excitement — about soapnuts AND our new packaging! To quickly address the “diaper” questions: soaputs are a GREAT choice for cloth diapers! More details available on our site) — but for more information, we’d like to point you to this hilarious review.

7 years 25 days ago

Dear Earth,
I’m so happy that you are taking care of us while we are here living on you. I’m sorry that we treat you so badly. My family is trying very hard to change our behavious so that we can show you LOVE!

Thanks Beth for the post! I’ve been dying to try these. I too would like to know if they can be used on cloth diapers.


Jenn (
7 years 25 days ago

Way too cool!! Aren’t you kind of in love with LaundryTree now? I sure am.


Di Hickman
7 years 25 days ago

Never heard of these before but would love to try them!
I’d ask the Earth if what I was doing was making a difference. Sometimes I get discouraged, thinking I should/could be doing more.


7 years 25 days ago
I have been wanting to try these, but decided to use Charlie’s Soap b/c it was recommended for cloth diapers and comes packaged in paper. (However it does have a little green plastic scoop). I want to try Soapnuts now! Hopefully they work well on diapers. Earth, I know you are listening. You’re always listening – and responding. Thank you for being so patient with us. Thank you for providing so much, even when we don’t always reciprocate. We are trying to be good stewards. I read more everyday about people finding their love for you again. I think it… Read more »
7 years 25 days ago

Soapnuts! You have got to be kidding me! I’ve never heard of those. Little things from trees that you put in laundry? That’s seriously amazing. Why have I never heard of them before? I would desperately love to try some.

To Planet Earth I would say, thank you for the soapnuts. It seems like no matter how old I get, you never run out of these amazing little surprises!

7 years 25 days ago

That is so cool! I have a hand crank washing doohickey, and I line dry, so this would be the icing on the proverbial cake! I’d ask the earth what ONE thing she wishes we could all do? What’s ONE thing that if every single person on earth did, it would make a difference?

I’ll order some for sure if I don’t win. I love it so much!


7 years 25 days ago

nice! new paper packaging. Good job Beth! We’ve had them in Toronto a few years now, but I’ve yet to buy any since I it was expensive for a little pouch. Everyone here is more expensive in Canada. I read often, you’re my echolic idol.

Mama Kelly
7 years 25 days ago

Dear Earth

Hi Mama, its been a while. I’m getting the feeling lately that you’re as depressed as I am what with all the dark expressions and tears.

Please let me know what I can do to help you feel better.



PS also please accept my entry for SoapNuts

7 years 25 days ago
I use Charlie’s Soap right now and I’m pretty happy with it, but I certainly wouldn’t mind switching to something else with even less processing! BUT how do they work on diaper laundry? How do they work in high efficiency washing machines when they produce so many suds, which can be damaging for HE machines? It’s really cool that there’s an eco-conscious company out there making them available and I’m curious if they’ve looked in to using other naturally soapy botanicals, like soapwort! Perhaps they can add it to their selection of products, hm… Dear Earth, I was raised by… Read more »
7 years 25 days ago


Hopefully we can heal together and survive the ignorance of my fellow creatures. I am working as one of a billion of my kind to ensure that if we end up killing ourselves, at least we don’t take you with us.

John costigane
7 years 25 days ago

Hi Beth,

I so believe in consumer action. The truth is that we are the forefront of positive change. Well done for showing it can work.

The ZeroWasteCheckOut over here is designed to focus consumer action and deal directly with business interests. Collaborations are the way forward for our Zero Waste trend.

Barb in FL
7 years 25 days ago

I would definitely ask if they were safe to use on pet bird covers! I’m all for using safer products in my house and am trying to use more earth-friendly products!!

7 years 25 days ago
I am already using soapnuts and am happy with the result! I first came across them in a new age shop where they were sold in little trial baggies. I have now found a supplier that uses brown paper bags for package. It is great you got this reaction to your email, Beth, getting the company to change from plastic bags to paper ones. I tried the same with a company that sells items from the “good old days”, shipping each in its own fat, sturdy plastic bag. Their reply was I was to simply put those bags in the… Read more »
Quiet Little Life
7 years 25 days ago
Beloved Gaia: I’m grateful to have in you such a patient, gracious, and wise mother. Since I was a small child, I have felt your tenderness. I’ve climbed your tree branches to feel their wide embrace and the tender kiss of your breezes on my face. I’ve felt the reassuring steadiness of your seasons as they circle around me in beauty, year after year. I’ve known your constancy as I’ve rested on my back in your grassy fields, face skyward, sensing your calmness while all around me was changing like clouds scudding past overhead. I’m older now, though no less… Read more »
7 years 25 days ago

forgot email:

Chiot's Run
7 years 25 days ago

I’ve always wanted to try soap nuts, but I’ve been too chicken to spend the money since I’ve never known anyone that has used them.

Thanks for letting us know they work. I’m always trying to find better products from smaller companies to replace the things in my home.

I love that their packaging is now plastic free! I’ve been trying to get companies to do that as well recently.

7 years 25 days ago
Dear Earth, Would you please stop putting sharp grass seeds in my yard for my dogs to imbed in their paws, needing lots of medical attention? Because I would rather spend that money on sustainable things that can be reused. Dear Earth,I’m trying. Really! You caught me on a bad day. Really. The grass seeds are so annoying. Could you help me out with the whole native plant/xeriscaping thing? I think that would help BOTH of us out a lot. And then I could spend more time fixing up the old doors, reglazing the windows, and such… keeping it all… Read more »
The Raven
7 years 25 days ago

Dear Earth,

As a pretty devout Jewish Atheist, I feel like I am cheating…on WHO/WHAT exactly?!…by writing to you. Do you feel as odd as I do about you being both a natural entity and a supernatural entity? Somehow this seems to be at the core of true worship and feels both uncomfortable and very authentic.

Your disciple,
The Raven

7 years 25 days ago
Dear Mother Earth, I know you’ll be fine long after we’re gone. I have seen flowers blooming in the cracks of sidewalks, and I know you’ll be all right. I have seen trees growing up out of gutters, roofs, old brick patios, and I know you’ll be okay. I have seen ants and mice move in to man-made homes, tornados strip away entire neighborhoods, and whole barrier islands shrug off the beach houses built on your shifting sand. I know you can take care of yourself. I just hope to enjoy your abundance while I’m here, and foster an even… Read more »
7 years 25 days ago

Dear Earth, Please don’t send the big earthquake while I’m in California. You can shake after I’m dead.

Beth, count me in for the giveaway.

Also…I’ve tried using it on my hair and it works wonderfully. Haven’t you tried it? I stopped because my source of soapnuts came in plastic. It shouldn’t be too hard since you use the bs/vinegar rinse.

7 years 25 days ago

Dear Mother E,

I just wanted to let you know that I’m trying. I’m not nearly perfect, but I am trying to get better with every choice I make. I’m having a hard time convincing my husband that my little choices do make some difference in a problem he doesn’t even think exists. Please don’t swallow him up — I’m still working on him.

Thank you for spring! I’m enjoying hanging my clothes outside again.



7 years 25 days ago
I am delurking to put my name in the hat for some very cool sounding SoapNuts. :) Dear Earth, Mind if I call you Earthy? I have known you all my life, so I feel close to you in some ways. Other times I feel like you are a celebrity that I see on camping trips, at sunset or during a meteor shower but most of the time I am just going about my life and forget that you are there. That sounds awful! I’m sorry. But it’s kind of similar to my relationship with your cousin, Gravity or your… Read more »
7 years 25 days ago
Whoa! This is the coolest laundry detergent ever! Dear Earth, I’m not sure why we have to make living so difficult. Here we are going through countless manufacturing processes just to clean our clothes, and it turns out that laundry soap grows on trees! There you sit shaking your head at all the trouble we go through when you provide us with everything we need; but like bratty teenagers, we think we have a better way… Maybe one day we’ll all grow into adults and will calm down enough to sit back and reminiscence with you about how ridiculous we… Read more »
The Green Cat
7 years 25 days ago
Beth, I find it interesting that you say soapnuts won’t work in cold water. I mostly wash in cold water and I’ve been using soapnuts for months with no issues. I originally bought Maggie’s Soapnuts (and I was dismayed at all the plastic so I will be switching when I need to buy more!). The instructions with Maggie’s soapnuts say to use 2 nuts for warm/hot washes and 4 nuts for cold washes because the saponin releases more slowly in cold water. More info here: (oh and I’m not entering the giveaway because I already have a bunch of… Read more »
7 years 25 days ago

This is not exactly, you know, profound. But I would say thanks, Earth for finally bringing spring around again. :)

7 years 25 days ago

Dear Earth,

I apologize for the thick headedness of some my fellow people.

Please know that as time passes more and more people will come to see the errors of their ways and join in the green revolution to help make you happy and pure again.

Can you wait long enough for us or are we doing to much irreversable damage to save you, our beautiful planet Earth, or ourselves?

Jessica Leo
7 years 25 days ago

I would say…please don’t give up on us. We are not all hopeless. Despite a good majority of your inhabitants being ignorant and wasteful, there are some of us that try really hard in everything we do to keep you happy and not make you sad. I’m sorry we are so consumed with material belongings that we just keep industrializing to the point there are no trees, flowers, and animals left. I’m sorry some of us cannot be okay with the beauty that just “is”.

My email is

7 years 25 days ago

Dear Earth,

I am trying. Adjusting my life to benefit you is harder than I thought, but I am doing my best. I hope it makes a difference!


7 years 25 days ago

Dear Mother Earth,

Please forgive us!


7 years 25 days ago

Dear Mum,

I’m writing to encourage you to have faith in us. Over the past few years, more and more of us are trying to patch up what we have ruined, one baby step at a time. Give it a bit of time, and I’m sure even the big corporate conglomerates will begin to see the error of their ways!

Thanks Beth!

7 years 25 days ago

Hurr, I forgot to add my question.

Earth-Mother, will you forgive us?

7 years 25 days ago
OH WOW. I have been interested in soapnuts for a while, so I’m glad someone I follow has an opinion on them! Dear Earth-Mom: I’m sorry for my fellow man. I’m sorry that everything we do hurts. I’m sorry that it’s so ridiculously hard to recycle some things, and I’m sorry that there are things that can’t be recycled at all. I’m sorry that people forget that the things we do don’t hurt just ourselves, but you. I am glad that growing up, I was told fantastic (in the truest sense of the word) tales of the people that came… Read more »
7 years 25 days ago

First I would ask you how much water you boil the nuts in. If I was to get my honey to use this (he does the laundry) I would definitely need to present this to him in liquid form.

What do I want to know from Planet Earth? How to take care of her. Some of the information I read is seriously confusing and contradictory. Lead me in the right direction please!

Radical Garbage Man
7 years 25 days ago

Excellent timing — I’m about three or four loads away from being out of laundry detergent and I probably would have bought the non-environmentally friendly kind because the crappy store in my neighborhood doesn’t carry the hippy kind.

You have saved me and the earth!

7 years 25 days ago

Oh my goodness, that’s a great review! I have always wanted to try soapnuts, but we haven’t had our own washer and my laundromat frowns upon experimental detergents (not to mention I’d be afraid one of the nuts would get stuck somewhere and break the machine and I’d be in trouble!). I didn’t know you could boil them like that, PLUS now we do have our own machine and I can do my laundry however I want. I’d so love to try them! Thanks!

7 years 26 days ago

Oops. Looks like I should read the rules better…

Dear Earth (I’ll call you Mother):

We really ARE trying. I despair sometimes that there aren’t enough people who care, but then every day I read more and more about changes people are making. But is it enough?

I’m sure YOU know, Mother, what we need to do in order to turn things around. I only hope we can figure it out and DO it, before it’s too late for us.

7 years 26 days ago

I would ask if soapnuts are safe/recommended for washing cloth diapers.

I love this idea!


Lisa Sharp
7 years 26 days ago

I would ask the earth if I’m still on the right track, are there things I’m doing that are pointless? Things I’m over looking?

I would also love to know for sure just how bad the earth is right now!

So how are you feel earth???

You have my e-mail but just in case-