Weekend Giveaway: Laundry Tree

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!

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.

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  1. I’d love to try these with my diapers especially. I just discovered that my two youngest have eczema and I wonder if a natural detergent might help relieve some symptoms. Plus, they just sound cool!

  2. I would love to try these soap nuts! I like using environmentally sensitive cleaning materials and support an ethical business. Thanks for the giveaway :)
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  3. Cassandra Karjalainen says:

    I’ve never heard of these before but I am in desperate need for something new to clean my family’s clothes! Would love to give them a shot before purchasing!

  4. Kim D Deas says:

    I love to try new things!

  5. I’d like to try these. We use Charlie’s soap currently, which I like but I’m always interested in trying less processed stuff. Thanks!

  6. Lexie Bollweg says:

    I would really love to try Soap Nuts! They sound wonderful because they are natural, and save some money! I would love to see them work on cloth diapers!

  7. I just stumbled across soap nuts and Laundry tree Thursday through a different blog and am so intrigued! I’m trying to make my own laundry soap and struggling to go more and more natural in this economy (last week we made our own hard lotion for my sons’ dry African skin) and I’m looking at all kinds of things I haven’t heard of before. I would love to try these out and see if they really work as well as some say!

  8. I first heard about these from Cara of healthhomehappiness, and have been wanting to give them a try. I especially love that they’re safe for greywater systems!

  9. Rochelle says:

    I would love to try these because my children have super sensitive skin and I would love to try these out on cloth diapers, especially now that we’re expecting another baby in a few months!

  10. Deanna K says:

    I would love to try these.
    I’ve been making my own laundry soap and love the thought of no chemicals!


  11. ive heard of these and have always wanted to give them a shot. i have horrible allergies and would love an alternative to traditional laundry detergent.
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  12. My front load washer is great, but I tend to put too much soap in, so have to run the tub clean cycle more than I’d like. Using soap nuts would solve that problem! (so would putting less detergent in (duh), but I usually have a baby in one arm so don’t measure it out!

  13. Single Mama by Choice says:

    Would love an alternative to traditional detergent (and it’s hard to find eco-friendly options where I live). Thanks.

  14. I want to try the soap nuts to see if they really take out stains and leaves the clothes refreshed.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been making laundry soap on my own and would love to try another natural alternative!

  16. Always looking for new ways to make doing laundry easier. I would love to try some!

  17. Torie B. says:

    I would love to try soap nuts. I like that you can use them more than once and they are good for the environment! Also, I am having my first baby and something organic to wash his clothes in, would be awesome. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  18. I would love to try Soap Nuts! The less chemicals my family is exposed to the better!

  19. They’re so intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I would love to try soap nuts because I am trying to find a safe way to wash clothes for my family!

  21. Sarahworldcook says:

    I would love to try something natural like this- sounds very interesting! I never heard of these until yesterday’s post. Thanks for sharing about them!


  22. I have been wanting to try soap nuts for a little bit, and this would be the perfect way to start!

  23. I just bought my first soap nuts last week and have been using them for a week now. I don’t think anyone has noticed the difference especially my husband (who will be the one who eventually decides if we can keep using them). It was amazing to watch the first couple of loads wash and see how much extra soap and dirt was still in the clothes. I have been thinking about using them for a long time now, but I just finally almost used up my supply of laundry detergent that I had on hand. I’m looking forward to trying them out in an all purpose cleaner that my daughter can use to clean the toilet, too.
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  24. I would love to try these. I’m switching to cloth diapers with my 3rd child and I heard they are great to use!

  25. Can’t wait to try soap nuts with our clothes and cloth diapers! I can’t seem to get the stink out of our diapers and would love to see how great this works!
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  26. I would love to give these a try! I am going to be cloth diapering again and this would be great to try with them.

  27. Katie T. says:

    I have been wanting to try soapnuts for awhile now…I’m always on the lookout for simplifying my homemaking and finding frugal and healthy ways to do it!

  28. I would like to try this for all the reasons listed above and more. I would love to try for my family. it is wonderful to find great new products.

  29. Gretchen irene says:

    My kids have super sensitive skin so this sounds like a great solution! My husband also runs a wellness center where we love to promote new (to us!) ideas for being friendly to our environment! Thanks for doing such a cool giveaway (and blog!)!!

  30. Like you, I’ve seen these for a while, and have been a little sceptical! I’d LOVE to be proven wrong :-)

    And what a lovely idea, to bale to share with a friend!

  31. faith Ortiz says:

    I would like to win and try these out. We are trying to cut out all the chemicals and go more eco-friendly/natural.
    thank you

  32. michele says:

    I would love to try soap nuts, they sound awesome. Plus, since they aren’t a liquid we could take them with us, when we move, which is a lot.

  33. I have been making our own laundry soap for about a year now. I love using natural products and could see myself going even more natural with Soap Nuts – I just need a reason to try them!! :) Good luck everyone!
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  34. I’d love to give these a try! Sounds like an interesting alternative to my usual detergent.

  35. Naomi Jones says:

    I’ve heard a lot about soap nuts, but have never tried them because of the cost. I’d love to give them a try

  36. We have a baby on the way (our first!) and we’d love to stop using over-the-top commercial laundry soap. Hope I win!

  37. Marci Pritts says:

    I’ve never heard of soap nuts. But – I am intrigued. We always buy the environmentally friendly detergent options. But – something 100% natural is something I would definitely like to try! Thanks for the opportunity!

  38. Because I love to try new things! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  39. Kirstin says:

    I have been reading about soap nuts for a while, I just haven’t been brave enough to try them. I would love to see how they clean smelly sports clothing.

  40. I’m trying to go more natural with everything. We’ve been working on food-meat, milk, eggs. But now I’m looking at cleaning supplies, plastic, etc. I would love to win this give away and try soap nuts!

  41. Jennifer says:

    I would love to try these, not only for my family, but also to share with my Cohousing community who are very environmently conscious. Lots of families would benefit from this product!

  42. Monica Waigh says:

    We’d love to use Soap Nuts since we’re trying to reduce the chemicals in our home.

  43. Karalee says:

    I would like to try them because we are trying to be healthier and more cost effective in our home.

  44. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been curious about trying these & would love a do get to in time for Earth Day this year!

  45. Melissa says:

    My husband gets a rash from even the most seemingly gentle detergents – I hope that soap nuts will be the solution my family has been looking for!

  46. Elizabeth (NYC) says:

    My little boy gets a rash from the most eco and sensitive detergents out there, but detergent-free cleaners don’t seem to clean the clothes well. I’m definitely looking to try something new.

  47. I’ve eyed these before, but never tried them…..would love to! (:

  48. Love the idea of chemical-free laundry! I’ve heard of soapnuts before, but haven’t had the opportunity to try them.

  49. I’m a new mom who is cloth diapering, and I have been wanting to try soap nuts for the diapers!
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  50. Would love to win these as transitioning to soap nuts is next on my “go green” list. Recently, I made the switch from chemical household cleaners to making my own, and it’s been fabulous!
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