I first wrote about soap nuts when I saw them on treehugger.com about one year ago. recently when shopping at our local co-op I found 'Maggies Pure Land Soap Nuts' and tried them for myself with amazing results! we are currently using them for everything, and you won't believe it...on delicates, on difficult odors, on whites and colors...in cold and hot water...it all works! the nuts contain saponin, a natural cleaner used for thousands of years to clean clothes, just like the plants used by Native Americans. they work for literally anything; washing wool and cashmere sweaters come out really fluffy, soft and perfect! and I think if you have trouble with rashes and sensitive skin this is surely your answer! and these soap nuts are perfect for baby clothing and blankets! I could go on and on but this is really something to try for yourself!
you can visit maggies website to find out the answers to all of your questions, but 2-4 soap nuts can last for 4-6 loads of laundry so it is certainly economical. and in a world of ever growning content lists, you will be happy to know that maggies soap nuts contain only: dried fruit of the chinese soapberry tree! that's it! when you are done with the nuts you just throw them into your compost pile...talk about cradle to cradle...no waste!
you will also find that the soap nuts have many ayurvedic healing properties, I am sure that you will be hearing more about these from me as I learn more but for now, doing laundry will never be more wonderful (and then hang them outside on your line...terrific!).
you can purchase maggies soap nuts on her website, so visit them here to shop.