Cleaner Planet Soap Nuts {Review and Giveaway}

Cleaner Planet Soap Nuts Review

The search for eco-friendly laundry detergent has been a long one!   I have tried making my own with baking soda, grated soap and the like.  They just didn’t seem to work.  I think maybe it’s our hard water.  I have also bought detergents.  I was never convinced of the claims, they were expensive and didn’t work as well as others.

I was so excited when Cleaner Planet gave me the chance to try out their soap nuts!  I have heard of soap nuts but hadn’t had the chance to try them yet.  Do you know about soap nuts? They are actually a berry that grows on the Sapindus Mukorossi tree in parts of  Asia.    The berries have Saponin which is a natural sufactant (like soap).  They leave little trace as well since soap nuts can be composted once used completely.

I have been using the soap nuts for about a month and couldn’t be happier!  Here are my top reasons.

  1. Our clothes are clean and smell fresh – not perfumy. 
  2. I really like that I don’t have to pour or measure out detergent!  Such a silly little step, but it makes things easier.
  3. They work great in cold. 
  4. I definitely was able to use the bag for 8 – 10 washes.  I added the spent soap nuts to a cup and filed with boiling water.  I then used the liquid for an additional few washes!
  5. They are cost effective.  Assuming each 250 gram bag washes 100 loads, soap nuts will end up costing about 0.14 per load.  If you order two 250 gram bags at once, this includes shipping costs!  A quick search online for some of the popular traditional detergents yielded prices well over $0.20 per load.

I was afraid I would forget about the bag and it would end up in the dryer.  For the first few weeks it always seemed to land at the bottom of the washing machine.  But, one time it did make it into the dryer.  FYI – they were fine.  Whew!

If you would like to try soap nuts without committing too much, Cleaner Planet has a sample bag you can purchase for $1.99.  It is good for 4 – 8 washes and comes with a $2 coupon towards your next purchase.

The Cleaner Planet is giving one Greening Of Westford reader a 250 gram bag of soap nuts (value $10). For the main entry, tell me one natural cleaner you already use.  If you don’t use any, tell me which one you would like to switch first.   This one doesn’t have to be done first but it does have to be done for all other entries to count.

This contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada, 18 years old or older. The contest will run from Thursday January 3, 2013 thru Thursday January 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be announced Friday January 14. The winner must reply within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

There are additional ways you can enter:

Separate comments must be left here for each additional entry!

Also, please include your email with comments or if you’d rather, after you leave your main entry comment, email me at thegreeningofwestford(at)gmail(dot)com so I will have a way of contacting you if you win. You will have 48 hours after I contact you to send me your info or else I will choose another winner.

UPDATE:  The winner has been picked and notified.  Congratulations Susan!

Disclosure: Cleaner Planet provided me with a complementary 250 gram of soap nuts for this product review.  The opinions expressed are mine.

14 Responses to Cleaner Planet Soap Nuts {Review and Giveaway}

  1. jw January 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    I am surprised there are no comments here yet so I hope this is the right place to enter the competition! I have never heard of soap nuts and would love to give them a try. I usually try to get “environmentally friendly” detergent but not convinced if this is actually natural! One natural cleaner I use a lot is baking soda, it is good for so many uses! I also use borax as a laundry booster. I’ll email you my contact info. Thanks!

  2. rachel January 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    I try to use vinegar more often. And I steam mop!

  3. Susan January 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful alternative to laundry detergent. I will definitely try it. I do use a lot of white vinegar and lemons. Not together. The more back to basics the better.I have also stopped using plastic. I enjoy reading your tips.

  4. Terry Garbo January 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    We use your “Thieves Oil” recipe for our everyday cleaning. For laundry we would REALLY love to change to something natural but worry about the effect on our new HE washer, and of course, getting the clothes (kids do take a toll) clean. That said, winning the “Cleaner Planet Soap Nuts” would be ideal! (I can also be contacted at

  5. srambach January 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    I’ve been using homemade powdered laundry soap, but like you, don’t feel it’s getting our clothes very clean. The whites look terrible. I’ve read about these before and am intrigued…

  6. Dede January 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    I use A Happy Green Life natural laundry wash for all of our clothes and absolutely love it. Hubby has been encouraging me to make our own laundry soap, and I’ve been wanting to try soap nuts, so this is good info for me. Thanks for sharing your review.

  7. Green Lifestyle Consulting January 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    I use baking soda in my wash cycle along with my laundry detergent.

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  10. Brittney Minor January 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    I have used bio-crystals, tropical traditions, Eco-Me and more!
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