Monday, July 21, 2014

Green Virgin Soap Nuts Liquid Review

What are Soap Nuts?
They are the fruit of the Chinese Soap Berry Tree. These amazing berries are harvested and then dried in the sun. No chemicals of any kind are added. We only sell Sapindus Mukorossi soap nutssoap-nuts-still-on-the-tree.jpg as this is the species that are the largest and have the highest saponin content of any other species.  Laundry detergent with toxic chemicals and carcinogens is replaced with something all natural and totally organic.
The shell contains a natural soap called saponin. It has cleaning abilities equal to toxic chemical detergents. Soap berries are extremely hypo-allergenic and can be used by people who are allergic to all other detergents. They are completely green and don't pollute our planet. 
high-tech-filters.jpgThe liquid is made with our USDA Certified Organic Sapindus Mukorossi Soap Nuts. We extract the saponin using only water. We then remove all the solids and tannins and deodorize it. This is all done using high tech filters using no chemicals only water. This is an important step and one that most of our competitors are not capable of.
Because this is the extract of a fruit, it has a short shelf life of about 2 weeks if no preservative is used. Therefore, a preservative is needed. Preseratives can be toxic. That is why we were hesitant to sell a soap nuts liquid because of our commitment to only selling totally non toxic products. Until now the least toxic preservative for soap nuts liquids has been rated a 3 on the Skin Deep Database. A rating of zero is totally non toxic, a 10 is very toxic. A rating of 3 is not too bad, but it is too high for us. We finally found a pair of non totally-non-toxic-eco-friendly.jpg toxic preservatives that working together make a non toxic and extremely effective preservative. The Preservatives we use are caprylyl glycol and phenethyl alcohol. These preservatives are rated a 0 and a 1 on the Skin Deep Data Base. That is about as non toxic as you can get. Our liquid has at least a 2 year shelf life.


The bottle includes a pump top. It dispenses an accurate measured amount each pump. So for an average load in an HE washer (front loader), use 2 pumps for the whole load. For an average load in a top loader, 3 pumps per load will do the job. If your washer has a detergent dispenser you can use that or just pump the liquid onto your clothes that are in the washer.
It has many advantages over the raw nuts. First of all, the liquid is much easier to use. No more wash bags to look for in your washer and you don't have to remember how manyi-really-love-saving-money.jpg loads you have done so far.
The second advantage is the effectiveness. In scientific tests done by an independent lab (Exova), this product out-cleaned raw nuts by a large margin. Plus it out-cleaned our competitors soap nuts liquid by over 300%. That is a noticeable difference. The liquid version is a little more expensive, but it is still a huge money saver and a lot less expensive than Tide and other toxic chemical detergents.
Dilute 50 parts water to 1 part soap nuts liquid to make the worlds best window cleaner. You won't believe how easy it is to clean glass with this dilution. It is also great for all kinds of light duty cleaning like counter tops. You wont believe how good it is for washing the car too.
Review: I'm really glad I got to try this product. It is an all-natural, eco-friendly, and chemically safe alternative to laundry detergent. The liquid is concentrated liquid from the actual soap nut plants themselves, so it is much more convenient to use (just use it like you would laundry detergent!).
One small bottle of Soap Nuts liquid (8 oz.) will last you 120 loads, but an average half-gallon tub of Tide would only last you about 30 laundry loads. You're saving money AND time because with soap nuts you don't need to use fabric softener. It's a detergent and fabric softener in one!
My experience with these were great. The liquid has as a slightly strong, medicinal plant scent to it, but it isn't intolerable and it doesn't add fragrance to your clothes. This would be great for people who are sensitive to the strong laundry detergent scent, because it cleans your clothes without making it smell like a perfume shop. I could tell it cleaned my clothes well, and they felt much softer without feeling stiff or "waxy" like some fabric softeners tend to do.
My only problem with it is that there are no instructions on the bottle! There is a description of soap nuts but no indication of how much or where you should add the soap nuts in your laundry. Thankfully, I found instructions on Green Virgin Products's website, but they really should include the info on the bottle itself so I don't have to look it up while doing my laundry. 2 pumps are recommended for a HE front-load washer, while 3 are recommended for traditional top-load washers. Then you dry as usual (no fabric softener sheets needed!). I didn't know the instructions prior, so I only used 1 pump for my entire load, but it was a pretty small load so things were okay. I will follow the regular instructions next time!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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