Okay, forget anything you ever learned about laundry soap. Forget the crusty, dusty dry powder and the goopy, drippy liquid detergent. Forget (and this is most welcome for me) those fake laundry soap commercial moms with their chipper cheer, their flippy do’s, and their suspiciously natty chore outfits. And please forget the anxiety virus that certain ads tried to instill in terms of adding the, um... fabric softener in time (shudder).
Maggie’s Pure Land Soap Nuts are the dried fruit of the Chinese soapberry tree. Simply place two nuts in the included small cotton sack, cinch it, and throw it into the washing machine with your dirty clothes. I was doubtful as I ran my first load, but the clothes were completely clean afterwards, AND they were also soft (the soap nuts also have natural fabric-softening properties). I should mention that I have two little kids who love to play hard, and their clothes take a beating. But, the Soap Nuts clean their clothes beautifully.
When washing in cold water, you can reuse the soap nuts two or three times before tossing them into compost or even your back yard. Soap Nuts are my absolute favorite natural cleaning product because they’re cheaper, lighter, and neater than traditional and even more natural laundry soap options, and they are so natural that they literally grow on trees.