Monday, August 15, 2011

Eco Nuts {Soapberry Liquid Extract} Review

 I was so disappointed when the soap nuts I purchased didn't work out for us, the I decided to contact Eco Nuts again and asked about their liquid version. I was still a little skeptical, but I was so anxious to see this work that I just had to try it. Eco Nuts happily offered me a 24/48 load bottle of their Soapberry Liquid Extract detergent to try.
My original plan was to test out how well it cleaned up stains in Bugs' clothing, but my first test was a load of J's work cloths. While everything of his is dark and doesn't show stains to begin with, I was completely blown away by how his clothes smelled afterwards. Just to be clear, there is really no scent to any of Eco Nuts soaps, just the scent of the soapberry itself, which I think is kind of an "off" scent, something I would not usually find appealing. However, while I was pulling his clothes out of the washer, I could pick up hints of sweetness that were so very faint in the smell of the detergent. I washed in the apartments HE washer, and while the bottle says to only use a 1/2 capful in HE washers, I wanted to be sure it worked with his clothing, so I used a full cap. After everything dried in the drier, I couldn't smell anything. I jumped for joy, on the inside of course :)

With clean smelling clothes, the next big test for me was how Bug's clothing looked after a wash with the Eco Nuts liquid. This time, I started a load with warm water in the apartment's top loading machine, used one capful as directed, and crossed my fingers. The best example I thought to use was my biggest complaint with the soap nuts, Bug's bibs. 

Before:
After:
You can tell the stains lightened, but obviously a stain remover is still needed with this product. However, I am still impressed with how it cleaned. There was no clumped food of formula left on any of Bug's clothing, and everything smelled clean. So, I purchased some Bio-Kleen Bac-Out Stain and Odor Remover and have already purchased an additional bottle of the Eco Nuts Soapberry Liquid Extract Natural Laundry Soap.

You can view their press release featuring this detergent, and purchase it for yourself from their website!

17 comments:

  1. Great review. I have been wanting to dry a more natural detergent.

    Michelle F.

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  2. It lightened up allot.. Seems like a good product that works on deep stains..

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  3. Looks like a neat product. Good smelling detergent is a must especially in my household. I'm a personal trainer and fitness instructor and go through a lot of laundry each week! Thanks for sharing your review.

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  4. It is a big difference indeed but still not good enough. but to be honest with my daughter's bibs I always had to use a stain remover, the detergent itself didn't work. Any brand.

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  5. Great product review. Thanks for sharing. You can definitely see a bid difference.

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  6. I've heard of Eco Nuts, but haven't tried it yet. It looks like it did a wonderful job of cleaning that bib, and sometimes I feel like the "natural" options don't clean...so that's good. I love Bac-Out, by the way. I use it on tons of stuff!

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  7. Yeah I see it a little lightened. I guess its a great product for stains that may have gone thru the wash once and wasn't removed and you need to do it again, then it might catch it.

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  8. I am guilty of always buying the cheapest detergent, as long as the clothes are clean. I spend a little more on fabric softener for the smell.

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  9. I have heard a lot about soap nuts, but haven't tried them for myself yet. Like you, I was a little skeptical. I think I would like the liquid better anyway. I love that you mentioned Bac-Out- that is my absolute favorite go to stain remover!

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  10. Sounds like a pretty good product. This is the first I am hearing about Soapberry actually.

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  11. YAY! That is such a great result! I'm so glad it worked out after the big disapointment from the nuts :)

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  12. I love that you've put the before and after pics. I hear a lot about eco nuts, I like to read all I can on these kinds of things before I give them a whirl. :)

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  13. This sounds great. I am trying to be a little more green and cut out store bought laundry cleaner. I will have to check out eco nuts soapberry. Thanks for the tip.

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  14. Great review. I am always for natural products, but when it comes to laundry my boys are so messy :)

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  15. That sounds like a great product. I will give it a try. My hubby's white shirts have a lot of stain from fish cleaning that I couldn't get rid of. I don't want to throw them away because aside from stain they still look good as new.

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  16. It looks like it did work! -Amber Nelson

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  17. I would have been very surprised if something got that bib clean, but it did do a decent job,

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