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Soap Nuts – the amazing natural cleaner!

Date: July 4, 2013 Author: admin Categories: Freebies, Reviews, Whats hot 1

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We are all so used to highly branded products, where brand awareness is left with the enormous companies and their equally enormous marketing budgets to boot, that when you get new products trying to break into the market it has to be such an uphill struggle!.

So when I was asked to try products from a local Hove based company GreenFrog, who’s ethos is different, the product is different and something that I myself have been looking for for a long time, I was very excited!

When I was pregnant with my first I just didn’t want to use any chemical cleaners as I had heard that harsh chemicals were harmful to your unborn fetus and so searched for non-chemical alternatives ( or I just didn’t clean!) I really could have done with having Greenfrog products around then!


So what are Soap Nuts and why use them?…

With any new products, I, like other people (I imagine) would approach with some degree of caution and many questions run through your head. SO I naturally needed to find out what are Soap Nuts? ( the main ingredient of Green Frog Products), what properties do they contain and are they safe for children?
‘Soap Nuts’ are the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, grown for centuries in the Himalayan foothills. Soap Nuts contain large quantities of Saponin in their shells, which acts as a natural, gentle detergent when it comes into contact with water.

Advantages of Soap Nuts:

  • Soap Nuts are 100% non-allergenic. Used on the skin it has been suggested they can prevent or even heal skin diseases such as psoriasis or eczema
  • Environmentally friendly, sustainable, bio-degradable and renewable. They can also be composted after use
  • Natural & gentle, so safe for babies and toddlers
  • Anti-microbial
  • Economical: a cheaper alternative to mainstream products
  • Many other uses:  getting musty & mildewy smells out, aids the treatment of scalp issues such as hair loss, dandruff and to alleviate parasites such as lice, great as a shampoo, cleaning mirrors, recent developments in research suggests use of Saponin in treating STD’s
  • Sustainable: Soapberry Trees live up to 90 years and the wood and foliage of the tree are also cultivated. No waste, no De-forestation
  • No need for fabric softener
  • Colors remain bright and vibrant
  • Supports local people and economy
  • All the A’s: Anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-yeast, antibacterial, and antiviral

 

MULTI PURPOSE CLEANING SPRAY

Had a lovely clean, fresh smell, which lasts once the surface has been cleaned. It also foamed nicely which I wasn’t expecting. It tackled the Bathroom sink well, so I tried it on the shower. It did ok but for those very stubborn hard water limescale marks on chrome it didn’t cut the mustard. I did leave it on for a while, it took off some marks but it couldn’t eradicate all. I would say this is very good for every day use.
I then tried the Kitchen sink and was impressed with the results, cleaned nicely, removed tea stains & general kitchen mess and if it can handle my kitchen it can pretty much handle anything!
I also used it on my bathroom mirror and it was much better than my usual brand cleaner as that normally leaves a white residue.
All-Purpose Cleaner – £2.55

 

GREENFROG HANDWASH

It has a gorgeous smell and left my hands feeling so soft, even after only a couple of uses. Would definitely get this again. Good sized bottle with nice and thick soap.
Already my hands are looking and feeling softer, such a dramatic difference from the ravaged, dry hands I had before!
Handwash – £4.08

 

WASHING UP LIQUID

I was sceptical at first due to the pre-conditioning to well known brands. It did foam but the bubbles didn’t last long and so added to my pre-conditioned response that lots of bubbles get things clean. However still trying to force those adverts out of my head, I gave it a tough test and tried it on a nice greasy butter dish.
I was really pleasantly surprised and it did the job exceptionally well! No greasy residue that you can get from butter, clean as a whistle! together with that lovely smell. I have read that its the dreaded SLS ( Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) in products that makes things bubble so not bubbling is a good sign!
Washing-up Liquid – £1.69

 

LAUNDRY SOAPNUTS

I think I’ve used the same well known brand of laundry liquid since I moved out of the family home all those years ago! so to try something knew to wash my smalls was a big deal to me!
I set it on a 40 degree wash, shut the door and hoped for the best. When the washing came out it smelt fresh, looked and felt clean, I was really happy with the result! I did a dark colour wash as a good test to see if all the marks came out and they did. From a sceptic such as myself about these soap nuts, I am now converted! ( I have read that these nuts are better on a hotter wash such as 40 degrees and up as it brings out the cleaning chemical Saponin)

I also carried out a handwash test with my ‘delicates’ by using a few nuts in hot water and carrying out the process as I would normally. I left them to soak and rinsing as usual I had clean, fresh washing!

I have sensitive skin and years ago found that certain washing liquids made my skin itch, I guess that’s why Ive stuck with the same brand for years. I wondered what effect the nuts would have on my skin, but Ive been very happy with the results so far and no adverse reactions at all to the clothes that have been washed with soap nuts. What a great find :-)
Soapnuts – from £4 for 250g bag (Ive been advised that this is enough for 50 good-sized family washes).

 

Conclusion:
Greenfrog products are organic, sustainable, biodegradable & hypo-allergenic. I absolutely love the smell. I think my fave product has to be the handwash.
If this was available in mainstream supermarkets I would definitely regularly pick this up over my usual brand named products.

All the products I’ve reviewed here can be purchased from: Infinity Foods, Tree of Life, Lakeland, The Health Store and Natures Health Box.

I can safely say I am a convert to Greenfrog products as I love them! It has changed my habits ( some habits I’ve had for years!) so that’s no mean feat. Soap Nuts, they truly are amazing nuts! Go on, give em a try, you’ll be glad you did :-)

 

Research/Further Information:

http://greenfrogsoap.co.uk
http://www.natureshealthbox.co.uk/shop/search.html?q=greenfrog
http://www.yours.ie/home_garden/soap_nuts_cheap_and_natural_alternative_to_detergent

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