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Soap Nut Solutions

New in to our shop today are three fabulous, brand new Soap Nut products.

Now I mostly use soap nuts to do my laundry and usually put 5 or so nuts in a little bag or old pop-sock and pop it in the machine along with the dirty clothes.  I have made soap nut liquid detergent – which actually makes them last even longer – by boiling up 50g of soap nuts with about 1L of water and then letting it simmer for 20 mins.  You strain off the solution and put it in a bottle.  Then I use it as any other laundry detergent.

soapnut handwashBut now, the lovely people over at Greenfrog (fabulous name – chosen as the products don’t damage the frogs natural aquatic environment) have brought out 3 more products for us to use soap nuts in even more ways….


The soap nut formula is very gentle for hands and is infused with Aloe Vera and anti-bacterial essential oils to keep your skin soft and protected.  Only 100% natural plant and mineral based ingredients.  It is also considered by current users not to inflame eczema which is great news.

For those who like to know these things, here is the ingredient list:-  Aqua, potassium cocoate, aloe barbadensis extract, sapindus mukorossi extract, cocamide dea, glycol stearate, honey, cocamidopropyl betaine, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf oil, triticum vulgare (wheatgerm) oil, phenoxyethanol, citronellol, geraniol, limonene, citral.

multisurfacecleanerMulti-surface Cleaner

Make cleaning your kitchen and bathroom surfaces easy-peasy with Greenfrog’s All-Purpose Natural Cleaning spray.  It was a Finalist in the ‘Best New Natural Living and Home Product’ at The Natural and Organic Awards 2013.

The power of soapnuts will cut through grease and grub and leave your home smelling naturally fresh and clean.

The product’s skin-friendly natural formula is infused with an uplifting blend of neroli and geranium essential oils. With no-nasty chemicals and 100% plant and mineral based ingredients you can feel good about using this around even the most sensitive skins.

For those that want to know the ingredients are:-  5- 15% non ionic surfacent, less than 5% an-ionic surfacent. Also contains phenoxyethanol, limonene, linalool, citrollol, geraiol. Contains geranium and neroli oil.

washing_up_liquidWashing Up Liquid

Fabulous for sparkling dishes and soft hands, all from natural soap nut cleaning power.   This skin-friendly washing-up liquid is infused with essential oils of lemon and neroli which have naturally anti-bacterial properties and smell deliciously bright and zingy.

One squeeze is enough for a bowl of dishes and because it is SLS-free, you won’t get excessive bubbles.

Again, for those who like to know, here are the ingredients:- 5%-15% nonionic surfacent, 5%-15% anionic surfacent. phenoxyethanol, limonene, linalool, citronellol, geraniol. Contains neroli oil and lemon oil.

If you are interested in finding out more, click on the images to go to the relevant pages in my Greenyourlife Shop.



Dirty Shirts

Soap Nuts

Soap Nuts – probably the most natural way to wash clothes

I am a Newbie at the school gates, it is sometimes a little daunting to start new conversations with other mums or dads, especially those who already seem to know each other and have been pounding the pavement to the school gate for years.

However, today I did strike a conversation with another mum, exclaiming how hard it was to get the food stains out of my daughters shirt.  I have to admit to being a little-bit astounded (and at a loss for words – not a common event) when she replied “these shirts are so cheap, I often don’t bother cleaning them I just get a new one!”

Now, this perhaps should  have been a good time for me to go into rant mode on the sweatshops that go into making such cheap school uniform and probable child labour too.  Not to mention all the pesticides used to grow the cotton and the damage done to the environment for her just to throw the shirt away if it was stained.

I could have also ranted on about the toxic chemicals in many laundry detergents, all to acquire the ‘Whiter than White’ look.

Sadly I didn’t.  I was at a loss.  I couldn’t believe my ears.

A fabulous alternative to  chlorine bleaches

A fabulous alternative to chlorine bleaches

So yes, I do wash my daughters shirts and no I don’t use high-chemical laundry detergents.

Mostly I use soap nuts. Sometimes I make a soapnut laundry liquid.  I also use Laundry Oxygen Bleach to soak them in to help removed stains and sometimes as a rub for persistent stains.  For fragrance I use essential oils I like – often rosemary and lavender for the main wash and Tea Tree for the nappies.

Sometimes, really hard to shift stains don’t shift.  Does that matter?  No, I don’t think so.  My daughter is 4 & 3/4.  She is a messy eater, loves messy play, painting, getting dirty and generally having fun.  So what if her school shirt is not whiter than white with no stains on it?

Besides, almost all of her school clothes are second-hand and so come with a certain amount of wear and tear.

If I send my child to school in pristine clothes, will they worry about messing them up, getting some dirt on them or perhaps something ripping?  Will this hinder her from running, painting, playing with messy stuff and generally having fun?


So – to my mind, school clothes are essentially play clothes!

Though I’m not sure all teachers would agree.