When we knew we were flying to the US, the last thing I wanted to pack was a big bulky bag of heavy cloth diaper detergent. Umm…no thanks. I only packed 4 tops and one pair of pants, so there’s no way I was finding space for my watermelon-scented Rockin’ Green no matter how blissful the fragrance may be. Soap nuts are washing my baby’s cloth diapers.
I called up my folks before flying in and asked my mom to investigate CD-friendly detergents in my small Midwestern hometown. She located a simple coconut-based detergent that I’m sure would’ve worked great….except the fact that I wasn’t willing to fork over $14 for a few loads of dirty diapers. We drove to the natural foods store to check out the detergent shelves, and lo and behold, there sat a small muslin bag of soap nuts. I’ve read lots about them, but had never seen them in person. Excitement abounded, let me tell you! Price for a bag of 5 soap nuts: $2.50. You’d better believe they came home with me. Learn more about what these natural tree-nuts can do for your laundry here.Via
I have loved using soap nuts these past 2 weeks on our prefolds, covers, and pocket diapers we packed. Three soap nuts nestled into a muslin bag tossed into the wash worked wonderfully to launder our nine month-old’s pooey pee pee diapers. You don’t even have to remove them during the rinse cycle. I probably won’t continue to use soap nuts when we’re at home in Costa Rica, but that’s only because I’d have to pay international shipping fees that would make them cost more than the natural detergent from the supermarket. Otherwise, I would definitely consider soap nuts for long-term cloth diaper laundering.
Wow, I have never heard of those before. They look really neat! And good job traveling with cloth diapers. We always use paper diapers when we travel.
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Thanks for the link up friend!
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Melissa Ryan says
Your daughter is such a cutie. I love the dark hair. (Heck I love the hair period since even at nearly 15 months my son is just now starting to have some hair.) Oh if you want check out by Flashback Friday blog post. I posted some pics of our honeymoon in Costa Rica. Have a great week.
Karen Macklin says
I do cloth diapering and i have never heard of soap nuts. Thanks so much for the info and the link. I’m going to try them out cus I have a vacation coming up as well.
Hi! I just wanted to pop over and say thank you for visiting my blog! Yours is wonderful and I never would have known about soap nuts had I not seen this post; definitely going to be trying them out the next time we go on vacation! Have a great week!
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Dalayna Dillon says
Stopping by to say hi from the GFC blog hop last week. So glad to meet you! Looking forward to following your blog. Hope you are having a great start to the week!
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Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects says
Wow, really interesting. I have never heard of soap nuts. I’m glad to hear your take on them!
Thanks for dropping by Happy Hour Projects – following you!
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Ok, So I don’t have children yet. BUT I am interested in knowing a little more about cloth diapers (though if I decided to use them my mom would probably think I was crazy since she only used the disposable diapers with me). I am pretty enviormentally consicious and I am worried about what the disposable diapers do to the world. SO I am highly considering using cloth diapers one day. Can you tell me about the process of washign them? The best ones that you ahve found to work? Where you found yours? etc…? I am new to your blog, so some of these may be answered, I just thought I would ask. I don’t know much abotu them, having not grown up around them.