Don’t miss out on a truly nutty cleaning solution

The Good Life Letter 

25th June 2017

There are times when it is possible to take the ‘back to nature’ bit a little too far.

One of my dearest friends, who I’ll save further embarrassment by calling ‘Fiona’ (mind you that is her name!) sent me an excited email about a great new discovery she had made.

In search of a washing detergent that was safe for her son who suffers badly from eczema she was a very early convert to one of my favourite discoveries – the soap nut.

These amazing natural fruits are not nuts at all, but do make for a really effective wash day answer to the vexed question about using aggressive detergents in the quest for clean clothes.

Having the most brilliant whites and being able to remove grass stains and the evidence of a chocolate addiction is usually left to one of the major washing powder/liquid brands – but very few people stop to look at what is in them, or consider what they might be doing to us and the world we live in.

We are used to foodstuffs listing out all the ingredients they contain (apart from horsemeat in certain supermarket lasagnes!).

This isn’t the case with household cleaning products though.

For instance, have a look at your chosen brand of washing detergent – see the bit where it says fragrance, or softeners, or anionic surfactants, or... you get the idea. It all seems sadly lacking in detail doesn’t it?

Remember, these products are going to leave residues on your clothes which you wear on your skin and will generate aerosol particles that you will breathe in plus you will flush them down the drain to end up in our rivers and seas.

You’d think that someone would want to know what the ingredients were to advise of risk wouldn’t you? Nope not a legal requirement mate!

This means that your laundry day might be the most dangerous day in your working week.

Researchers have found that dryer vents can emit more than 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets are used, including seven VOCs classified as hazardous air pollutants.

Not exactly the outdoor freshness experience the adverts would have us believe.

Anyway, when I pointed all of this out to ‘Fiona’ she instantly saw the potential for using a natural and safe alternative.

Thus her new found joy of wash days with her trusty bag of organic soap nuts by her side – and she gets to save a few pounds in the process too!

A fantastic tip... or it could have been

So, back to the story about taking the natural approach too far...

‘Fiona’ sent me her excited email telling me that she had cracked a new way to use soap nuts by turning them into a liquid.

Her advice was to simply...

“Boil the 15-20 soap nuts in the 6 cups of water for about 20 minutes. Add another cup of water. Boil for 10 minutes. Add another 2 cups of water and boil again for 10 minutes. Strain the nuts from the liquid and store in the sterilized container.”

She did say we should take care as the mixture had a habit of boiling over and creating another mess to clean up!
It all sounded a bit of a faff to me.

I know that some of the newer machines work best with a liquid form of detergent, and some people who have tried using the nuts themselves have found it a pain loading the muslin bag and fishing it out at the end of the cycle, so having a liquid suits them better.

For this reason I whole heartedly applauded her efforts.

The simple fact of the matter though was she had missed out on some really important information.

We now stock Soap Nut Liquid – already made and ready to go!

The washing solution that makes sense all ways up

Using the Soap Nuts in their raw form is the cheapest way to get the benefits of this natural detergent, however, the liquid form still means that each wash will only cost you about 18p – probably about half what your big brand liquid costs.

Here’s what you’re missing if you don’t try these fantastic products:

  • Cheaper than traditional powders and other eco-friendly products, only 18p a load. 100 washes from one 500ml bottle, great value.

  • Doesn't fade colours, fully bio-degradable, releases no chemicals or phosphates into the eco-system and is better for your machine.

  • Hypoallergenic, naturally sourced, non-toxic, allergy free, great for eczema and psoriasis sufferers.

  • Independently tested to be as effective at removing difficult stains (like curry, tomato sauce, tea, fruit, baby food, red wine, blood, animal fat, and mud) as other leading natural brands.

  • Organically certified in partnership with growers, nuts are shipped by sea rather than flown to the UK, before processing, to minimise carbon footprint.

  • Avoids blocked filters, gummed up pipes and bunged up taps.

Make the most of this great money saving offer for your washing day trials – ensuring that you’ll get clean clothes, a reduction in allergens and a clean washing machine...

...need I say more!

But remember, today I’m offering a new formulation rather than using the nuts themselves, and without risking a mad scientist’s mess in your kitchen by trying ‘Fiona’s’ recipe!

If you want the full Soap Nut benefit without changing from a laundry liquid then click here to buy the laundry solution that is made just for you.

Yours, as always




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