Weekend Giveaway: Laundry Tree

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Welcome to this weekend’s giveaway!  Today’s giveaway has been provided by our sponsor, Laundry Tree.

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

I mentioned yesterday that my family uses soap nuts for our laundry.  I first learned about them a while ago from Tsh, Simple Mom, and am so glad that I gave them a try. I admit, I was a tiny bit skeptical at first, but I have been impressed with how well they clean.  I even use them to clean our cloth diapers.

Soap nuts are a dried fruit (not actually a nut) whose cleaning properties make them an alternative to traditional laundry detergents and cleaners.

From the Laundry Tree website:

  • They are simply a dried fruit — 100% totally natural.
  • They are organically grown and are free of harsh chemicals, so they are incredibly gentle. (This makes them especially great for those with sensitive skin — including babies and those that suffer from allergies, eczema, and psoriasis).
  • They’re totally biodegradeable, so they’re better for the environment than regular detergent.
  • They’re antimicrobial, so they’re even good for septic and greywater systems.
  • They are low-sudsing — exactly what you need for HE (or high-efficiency) washers.

The outer shell of the soapnut contains saponin, a natural substance known for its ability to cleanse and wash. (That’s what makes them so GREAT for cleaning your laundry!) And here’s a cool fact: soapnuts aren’t a new concept; they have been used to clean all kinds of fabric for centuries, and are only now gaining popularity in the Americas and Europe as a powerful, yet natural alternative to modern detergents. Having used any number of other detergents, we’re here to say so far man has yet to best Mother Nature in coming up with a genius cleaning agent for clothes.

The Giveaway

Laundry Tree is offering on Simple Kids reader the chance to win 2 “Deluxe Starter Kits” – 1 for the winner and 1 for the winner’s friend. I love that you get to share!

The Deluxe Starter Kit includes everything needed to wash nearly 150 loads of laundry with SoapNuts:

  • one 500 gram bag of SoapNuts
  • three 1 ounce bottles of the scent of your choice
  • one extra washbag
  • one sample bag to share with a friend

To Enter

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling me why you would like to try soap nuts.

This giveaway will end today at midnight, EST Saturday April 9th. Good luck! This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

Comments

  1. Julie W says:

    Our 5 yr old son has allergies and eczema/sensitive skin. I’d love to try these for his sake! Thanks!

  2. This is a really new idea. I would like to try it. I have 3 small children with lots of laundry to be done everyday. I want to keep the environment green at the same time to keep my children in clean cloths. Thanks.

  3. I’m always up for trying something new!

  4. Natural! Give me what works and leave all that other stuff out. (I’m a little concerned, if I were to win, how I would decide what friend to share with! ;)

  5. Hi, I’ve been meaning to try soapnuts for a long time now. I make our laundry detergent but with a third babe on the way and new-born nappy washing looming, this is a great time to try a new system. Thanks for the opportunity, xRachael

  6. Ooh, I’ve been wanting to try these! I make our detergent right now, but still feel like it’s less natural than I’d like it to be. Thanks for the chance!
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  7. I just learned about soap nuts for the first time a few weeks ago and now I seem to be reading about them everywhere! I’d love to try them. I’ve been slowly tranistioning to chemical free cleaning/household products for the sake of our health and our budget.

  8. Our son also struggles with allergies and skin issues. I keep hearing about soapnuts and would LOVE to give them a try and see how he does with them.

  9. I’ve been having trouble finding the right combination of soap/water/temperature etc to get my cloth diapers unsmelly. I’d love to give these a try!
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  10. Melinda m says:

    I am thoroughly inrigued by not having to use detergent!

  11. I would like to try soap nuts because I want to find a reliable way to clean my family’s clothes with less chemicals than we currently use.

  12. I am all about trying something natural. Would love to use these instead of regular detergent!
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  13. My younger two have sensitive skin issues. We’ve been using more and more natural cleansers over the past few years but I think laundry is one of the most important areas for improvement – since the fabrics are on their skin all day!
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  14. I would love to try Soap Nuts as a more natural alternative to regular laundry detergent.
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  15. My son has allergies and sensitive skin. We’ve been using Charlie’s Soap for several years. Unfortunately, I’ve recently learned that it contains butoxyethanol, a hazardous substance, and am looking for a new laundry soap – a SAFE new laundry soap. A change to soap nuts seems to be a logical next step.

    http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2011/03/22/a-disappointed-update-on-charlies-soap-and-butylcelosolv-or-butoxyethanol/

  16. Oooh I’ve been wanting to try those!

  17. I would love to try these out for an alternative to traditional laundry detergent…even though I use “environmentally friendly” products, they can’t match the naturalness of soap nuts (less packaging, too!). I think that my sister-in-law would love to benefit from the second set as well!
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  18. I would love to try these. I am currently making our laundry detergent, but my 3 kids have very sensitive, drying skin, so this would be great for us!

  19. I’d love to try this with all the food stains my toddler leaves on his clothes!

  20. My kids have super sensitive skin. I’ve been a bit skeptical about making my own detergent (because it seems like you have to buy and store a lot), but I have never heard of soap nuts until your post yesterday. It sounds like a possible solution to relieve a bit of the kids’ skin problems.
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  21. Katie D. says:

    I really want to wash my clothes in a healthier way, but as a poor college student, it’s really hard. This would be great!

  22. I would love to try these – I’ve been hearing about them for awhile and have been looking for an environmentally friendlier way of handling my family’s laundry… these sound like the best solution I’ve heard of!
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  23. I keep hearing about soap nuts and keep intending to try this product. Winning this giveaway would give me the jump start I need for that!

  24. Lauren L says:

    I have a 15 month old with asthma, a 14 month old with eczema, and a new one on the way very shortly…Would like to try these, just haven’t been in the budget.

  25. Melissa Miller says:

    I would love to try these as I am trying to go get rid of the chemicals that my family has to be around and they look so cool to try.

  26. Wow! I would love to try these! I have 3 VERY MESSY kids who love to play outside and work on art projects and eat – so we constantly have loads of dirty laundry to do. Still looking for that perfect laundry detergent, and would love to find an all natural product that is safe for our environment. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  27. My wife has been telling me about this product (soap nuts) and I am curious about what this is all about. I would love to suprise her with it.

  28. I would love to try Soap Nuts, my mother uses them, and loves them. I have been wanting try them, but since my husband does the shopping, he thinks they do not work, and that they are a nut, and cannot clean clothes, thus I have not been able to try them, and would love to win some to try them out.

  29. Always looking for “new” old ways to improve our life and save the environment as the same time. Raising two grandchildren means our laundry room is always open and running. Using soap nuts will certainly make an impression on a 4 and two year old. Go natural!!

  30. I’d love to try these! Thanks for the opportunity!

  31. I’d love to use something more reusable than detergent, and I’m anxious to see how they’d do on cloth diapers.
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  32. I have heard such good things about soap nuts and I need something that won’t irritate sensitive skin since everyone in my family seems to have sensitive skin.
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  33. I am so looking forward to trying soapnuts! My friend Patty and I were going to try them together- this contest is perfect!