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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

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Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4100 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2019 :  05:09:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone used laundry soap nuts and if so, what were the results? I am considering ordering them, but want to make sure they really do work.

Thank you,
Dawn in IL

"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

JennyBryant7807
Farmgirl in Training

32 Posts

Jenny
Monticello IN
USA
32 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2019 :  4:33:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes! I have used them before. I thought they worked fine for everyday wash, but needed more for my super dirty stuff. Only thing I didn't like was no knowing when they were no longer working. I wasn't sure if it was the nuts or just a too dirty for the nuts load!

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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2512 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2512 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2019 :  7:45:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have them too, and if we weren't so dirty (goats, chickens, dogs, firewood etc) they might be OK.. I struggle with trying to find a natural alternative, but they all leave stains on our clothes. We are maybe a bit more heavy duty in the dirt dept, but it is a constant struggle. I typically use a decent natural detergent, but still have to use the dreaded Shout on dirt and grease on colors and bleach on whites. Sorry for the ramble; I hate using the chemicals, but also don't want to walk around with stained clothes.
I think the soap nuts are fine for washing that isn't heavy duty, like towels, and clothing not coated in mud and grease,.. LOL
Any input welcome, this has been a long time frustration.
Good luck Dawn!!!
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

6618 Posts

Denise Thompson
NJ
USA
6618 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2019 :  8:11:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used them for a while but found they really didn't last long and were not cost effective for the amount of laundry and the griminess of the work clothes.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4100 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4100 Posts

Posted - Mar 22 2019 :  04:43:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you ladies! I appreciate your input and I think I will stick with my natural detergents. They do the job for us and even though they are in plastic containers, the soap nuts don't seem to work as long as the claims say they do.

Dawn in IL

"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
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AnnieinIdaho
True Blue Farmgirl

428 Posts

Annie
ID
USA
428 Posts

Posted - Mar 22 2019 :  11:28:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Sisters,
You are going to think I am nuts, but I am left with little choice when it comes to laundry. I suffer from extreme multiple chemical sensitivities to the point of being house bound. (which is why I enjoy living on a bit of acreage because no one visits me because it is too much effort for them to be scent free and people tend to stay away from something they don't understand). It is too bad because I am a fun and interesting person with lots of hobbies. At least I can romp around and explore the outdoors. I especially react to laundry product and dryer sheets, most personal care products, the list goes on and on to the point of I'm tired of my own story! So, what to do. Since I used to quilt I knew that prewashing fabric in cold water with a bit of vinegar help "set" the fabric. So I decided since vinegar doesn't bother me to just start washing my clothes in vinegar like a detergent. My clothes come out beautifully clean and the rinse cycle takes out any vinegar smell. I also learned that if you separate like clothes in the dryer they do not get static, i.e. cotton towels dry together. Jeans dry together. Anything like sweaters I lightly dry for a few minutes to take some of the water out and then hang to dry. My personal care routine is very simple. I can use a scent free Eucerin bar and moisturize with emu oil and vitamin E. I keep my hair cut short and so I don't need hair product for styling. And that's part of my MCS story. Be well! Annie


"The turnings of life seldom show a sign-post; or rather, though the sign is always there, it is usually placed some distance back, like the notices that give warning of a bad hill or a level railway-crossing." Edith Wharton, 1913 from 'The Custom of the Country'.
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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4100 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4100 Posts

Posted - Mar 24 2019 :  06:46:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for sharing with us Annie. I worked years ago with a woman who had the same issues. Unfortunately a lot of the coworkers ignored her chemical sensitives and would wear perfume & hair spray. This would cause her to have her eyes swell up and have trouble breathing. Eventually she did have to quit.

I personally don't use perfume, hair products, and use unscented shampoo, soaps, and laundry detergents. I use vinegar quite a bit for cleaning and it is really incredibly useful. My Windy Pines cousin, Michele, is going to make some dryer balls for me to use. I don't use dryer sheets because they are bad for the dryer and are not eco friendly. I am hoping the dryer balls will work.

Enjoy your spring!
Dawn in IL

"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12346 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12346 Posts

Posted - Apr 17 2019 :  10:37:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Annie,, I just read about your sensitivity to chemical products...
Kudos to you for figuring out how to work around these sensitivities,,,
You Rock!

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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AnnieinIdaho
True Blue Farmgirl

428 Posts

Annie
ID
USA
428 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2019 :  10:44:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Grace!

"The turnings of life seldom show a sign-post; or rather, though the sign is always there, it is usually placed some distance back, like the notices that give warning of a bad hill or a level railway-crossing." Edith Wharton, 1913 from 'The Custom of the Country'.
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AnnieinIdaho
True Blue Farmgirl

428 Posts

Annie
ID
USA
428 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2019 :  10:45:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Dawn!

"The turnings of life seldom show a sign-post; or rather, though the sign is always there, it is usually placed some distance back, like the notices that give warning of a bad hill or a level railway-crossing." Edith Wharton, 1913 from 'The Custom of the Country'.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4282 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4282 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2019 :  10:51:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Annie I use vinegar in my wash along with Tide scent free. How much vinegar do you use in a load to cut out using detergent? I want to try it.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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AnnieinIdaho
True Blue Farmgirl

428 Posts

Annie
ID
USA
428 Posts

Posted - Apr 19 2019 :  5:04:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I usually wash on the bulk cycle because I like a good rinsing so I use 2 cups. If you were using the efficiency cycles that use water by weighing your clothes I would use 1 cup. It may not work if you had really muddy clothes.

"The turnings of life seldom show a sign-post; or rather, though the sign is always there, it is usually placed some distance back, like the notices that give warning of a bad hill or a level railway-crossing." Edith Wharton, 1913 from 'The Custom of the Country'.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4282 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4282 Posts

Posted - Apr 20 2019 :  04:36:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Annie, I'll give it a try.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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