Greener Living Soap Nuts Review

Posted on Apr 30 2013 - 5:33pm by Susan Bewley

As many of you know, I try hard to use only natural cleaners in my home. I go out of my way to find new and interesting things to keep my house not only clean, but free of the pollutants that are in many homes. Many people don't know this, but multiple studies have shown that the air in our homes has more pollutants than the air outside. While I am a major fan of Method cleaners, I have never been too happy with their laundry soap or most of the other natural soaps on the market. They are expensive and just don't seem to do the same job. The main laundry detergent I use is CitraSuds, but it is usually sold out on Alice and Amazon is very hit or miss with its sales on this detergent. For this reason, I am constantly on the lookout for natural laundry detergents. Recently, I heard about a new (to me) natural laundry soap that intrigued me – soap nuts. When I saw an opportunity to review Greener Living Products soap nuts and some of their other natural products, I just couldn't pass up the chance!

Greener Living Products: What are Soap Nuts

By now, you are likely wondering what the heck are soap nuts? I was a bit nervous to try them at first with a peanut allergy. While I know peanuts aren't really nuts, I was reluctant to believe that any nuts would do much of anything. I was surprised to learn that soap nuts are actually berries grown in many tropical countries. Once these berries are handpicked, they are dried in the sun and once they are finished, the seeds are removed from the berries, leaving the outer shell which is used for cleaning.  Really, you can't get much more natural than these berries, which have been used for centuries in tropical areas of the world. Best of all, Greener Living's soap nuts are certified organic with USDA and EcoCert.  This all natural laundry detergent is also color safe, perfect for all types of fabric, safe for all washers (especially HE), and biodegradable.





Greener Living Products: Soap Nuts – Do they Work?

So far, I LOVE soap nuts. They are very easy to use and leave my laundry smelling clean without using any additives or unnecessary fragrances. All you have to do is use them is put the soap nuts in a small muslin bag, tie it, and throw in the laundry. On the instructions that come with the nuts, it claims that these nuts are only good for four to five loads. I got SEVEN full loads out of my soap nuts before they started looking dark and dull. I tried everything from towels, cotton clothing, and a mix of delicate items. Everything worked great. The only problem you can experience is that sometimes little pieces of the soap nuts will come out of the bag and float around the laundry. It doesn't cause damage but can be a little annoying. This didn't start happening for me, however, until load six and seven since the soap nuts were starting to soften and fall apart.

soap nuts

Greener Living Products: Soap Nuts Bath Bar

As someone who makes soap, I was very curious to try the bath bar. This bar is made exclusively for Greener Living Products and is made using coconut oil, olive oil, glycerin and soapnuts liquid. From my own experience with the soap, I am very impressed. It doesn't dissolve quickly in water, softens the skin, and leaves your skin feeling great, even after working out. With the ingredients in the soap, it is also perfect for sensitive skin – allowing people with troubled skin to enjoy a bar of natural soap made with them in mind.

bar soap

Greener Living Products: Safix Scrub Pad

This was another product that I thought was pretty spiffy. I normally hate using steel wool since it often comes with some unknown chemical on the pads. Well, Greener Living's safix scrub pad is a great solution, at least in my opinion. This pad is made using outer coconut core fibers and is great at getting off tough sticky or burnt food out of stainless steel pots. I tested mine my safix pad in the Crockpot without soap first just to see how it worked it on its own. I found that with minimal effort it was able to remove this grime on its own. While some of the fibers did come off, it was very effective.

safix pad

Greener Living Products : Overall

Based on my own experience, I don't think I can recommend these products enough. The soap nuts did an amazing job in my front load HE washer and my skin feels amazing after using the soap. With how hard it is to find high quality eco-friendly items, I think most of my readers will be happy with these products. I know I may very well be putting in an order myself of the soap nuts since they do just a great job!

Greener Living Products : Where to Purchase

Currently, you can purchase any of these products, including the organic soap nuts on the Greener Living website. I also found that they are available on for $25.50 with free shipping for a 1.1 lb box. Unlike some other retailers, they are available for purchase in the United States and Canada.


Greener Living Products Giveaway

Would you love to sample some soap nuts and these other amazing products from Greener Living Products? If so, we have an amazing giveaway opportunity for you! They are sponsoring this awesome giveaway where readers will get a sample of soap nuts, a bar of soap nut soap, and a safix scrubbing pad. Make sure to read all the rules below before entering the Rafflecopter!

Green Living Giveaway

  • 1 Readers will receive a sample pack of Soap Nuts, a bar of bath soap, & a Safix Scrubbing Pad.
  • Open to US & Canada.
  • Winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter via
  • Giveaway ends May 14th at 11:59pm.
  • Winner will be notified through email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before new winner is chosen.
  • Must be 18 Years or Older to Enter Rafflecopter.
  • Entering the Rafflecopter Means You Agree to Terms Above.
  • Good Luck!

Disclosure: Budget Earth did not receive monetary compensation for this review and giveaway, but did receive a product sample pack for review purposes via All of the opinions on this blog are the opinions of said author and these opinions may differ from your own.

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

40 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Nelda Gay April 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    I had never even heard of soap nuts until a month ago…very interseting…not sure what I think about them..thanks for the info.

    • Susan Bewley May 1, 2013 at 8:43 am - Reply

      They are very different. They seem to do a pretty good job, but I unfortunatly wasn’t able to test them with stains.

  2. Melissa May 1, 2013 at 8:46 am - Reply

    I would love to give them a try.   

  3. michelle elizondo May 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    this is interesting, I want to smell the soap

  4. Peggy Greco May 1, 2013 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    This is an interesting soap product; thanks for post.

  5. laurie damrose May 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    That is really interesting the process that goes in to making the soap!

  6. Colleen Fowler May 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks for addressing the "nut" allergy part.  I would have avoided a trial because my grandson is allergic to peanuts too.   It sounds like a great way to launder.

    • Susan Bewley May 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Colleen, I have to be sooo careful with that myself! I was a bit nervous trying them myself until I did some research ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. April May 3, 2013 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Sounds like great products! I think the cleaning pad would be awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

  8. Erinn A May 3, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I have never heard of this-sounds amazing!

  9. Katrina May 3, 2013 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Great video. I never thought about where soap nuts came from before but I am glad I now know. 

  10. Pam May 3, 2013 at 9:38 am - Reply

    This sounds like a great product and one that I would surely give a try. Thanks for the info

  11. Suzi Satterfield May 3, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I haven't tried Soap Nuts, myself, but they're quite popular in the cloth diapering community since they're cloth safe.

  12. sandy May 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Looks like an interesting product. 

  13. becca May 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    i have never of these before now sounds intereting thanks for the introduction 

  14. Katherine May 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    These are pretty cool. My SIL is all about the greener living so I'll pass these on to her. Thanks!

  15. Steve Pots @ Giveaway Sweepstakes May 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Cool review and giveaway. If you don't mind I'll share it on my blog.

    • Susan Bewley May 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks Steve! I really appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought this was a pretty neat product!

  16. Shydub May 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Green and eco-friendly products are definitley in now, I haven't tried a soap like this yet, so if given the chance to sample for free i would love too. Will come back for the giveaway later after bloghopping. Thanks for sharing this great review.

  17. Sarah De Diego (Journeys of The Zoo) May 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I think the concept is brilliant and am surprized that I haven't tried them before.

    Thanks for making this open to Canadians.


    Besos, Sarah

    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    Finding Humour in Everyday Life

  18. Woonaccessoires May 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    great video! I'd love to give it a try

  19. sherrie delashmit May 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    a product for saving the earth

  20. Tim Dizdarevic May 5, 2013 at 3:50 am - Reply

    This is an interesting soap product, thanks.

  21. Kellie May 6, 2013 at 12:32 am - Reply

    I think Soap Nuts are very interesting.  I would love a more eco friendly way to do our laundry that really works to clean our clothes.

    • Susan Bewley May 6, 2013 at 8:08 am - Reply

      I agree! Its so hard finding laundry alternatives that are eco-friendly and actually work!

  22. Robin Wilson May 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I think these are a wonderful eco-friendly alternative and would love to try them!

  23. Kenzi May 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I heard about soap nuts for the first time last week and have been very interested in them ever since! I love that they are all natural, do not contain any harsh chemicals, and they can be used with cloth diapers! I will definitely be purchasing some once our current laundry detergent runs out ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. clarissa May 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    they sound like a great way to make laundry as natural as possible and chemical free

  25. gala May 9, 2013 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I think it's a great alternative to commercial detergents

  26. Jen H May 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    i love that they're so multipurpose!!

  27. Patricia Zyska-Pickett May 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I would love to try these! I am always interested in eco-friendly options and the soap nuts sound like a really good quality alternative.

  28. Deena N. May 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    They sound really cool I would love to try them!

  29. emily r May 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Soap nuts are great on my cloth diapers!!

  30. Dorothy Boucher June 12, 2013 at 10:49 am - Reply

    this sounds pretty interesting, would love to have a sample to try out ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks @tisonlyme143

  31. Becca Wilson August 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    It's too bad this giveaway is already over because I would have loved to try to win these all natural projects but I will definitely be checked the mout for myself. My whole family has sensitive skin so I know this product would definitely be a great fit for us ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Janet Duran August 9, 2013 at 2:54 am - Reply

    I make homemade kitchen and bathroom cleaners, liquid soap and fabric softener . It can be time consuming so unless I find a super good deal I try to make items myself.

  33. Kadie March 6, 2014 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I am expecting my first little one in April. I feel like there are a million detergent options I have to consider both for her cloths and her cloth diapers. We would like something as natural but also as effective as possible. I’m glad to see some other commenters mentioned this works on cloth diapers!

  34. Naidu December 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    we are processors and suppliers of Soapnut shells
    and cotton bags
    please contact us for your requiremnets

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