Tuesday, October 12, 2010

HERE IT IS!!!

Only the longest-in-coming giveaway in the history of blogdom, right? Sorry about that. You guys should see my to-do list lately...it's just plain scary.

Anyway.

I was recently sent something very interesting...I had heard of it and was intrigued by it, but probably would have never bought them for myself. I mean, it's just a little counter-intuitive to wash your clothes with something called Soap Nuts.


And I'll admit, seeing them in person didn't do much to ease that "what the heck" sensation. They arrived from Greener Living in a canvas drawstring bag - very eco-friendly looking (which, after all, they are.) Inside were several smaller drawstring bags (like the one pictured above) and, inside a ziploc bag, a big pile of sticky brown nuts that smelled a bit like vinegar.

My first impressions were:

1. I don't want my laundry to smell like vinegar.
2. I don't want to touch those things!
3. They're supposed to get my clothes clean how?

Well. I'll address #3 first. You throw a few of the soap nuts into the little drawstring bag and toss it in the washing machine. No other detergent, now - these are your detergent. You won't see suds while the washer is filling, but agitation in the water causes a soap-like substance to be emitted from the soap nuts. Not as much as with regular powder or liquid detergent, but enough to clean your clothes. Or so they say.

On to #2. I really didn't want to touch them, as they actually looked sticky. But I did it anyway - I was too intrigued not to at least give them a try. So I reached in and gingerly picked out a few near the top...and they really weren't very sticky after all. Just shiny, which I suppose I equated to sticky. So I threw a few in the little bag, tied it up, and tossed it into a small load of laundry. Probably some of the kids' clothes, since they're not as picky about the scent of their clothes as I tend to be.

And in the end (I'm really going backward here - here's #1), they came out of the wash smelling...clean. Not like vinegar, not even a hint of it. Not flowery-springtime like most detergents either, just...wet and clean. It defies description, really, until you try it - and here's why you should.

Not only are these things mega cool because they're so different, but they're also environmentally friendly (USDA certified organic, even.) No added dyes, fragrances, etc., means they're a safe bet for people with eczema, allergies or sensitivities to regular detergents. Not to mention that they last forever. You can use each tiny drawstring bag of soap nuts several times - I use mine about four times, on average. The Greener Living website says that at a rate of one load of laundry per day (and who doesn't have that much?), one bag will last you six months. Yes, one bag is $22 - but do the math. One bottle of Tide is $9 or so, and might last a month if you're lucky.

Sooo, you can click here and buy all the Soap Nuts you want (as well as other cool things like the Soap Nuts Bath Bar that they were also kind enough to send me to sample - once again, it doesn't have dyes or fragrances and doesn't leave me smelling as girly as I'd otherwise like, but man did it leave my skin soft!)

OR, you can WIN some Soap Nuts of your very own! How do you do that, you ask? Well, here you go.

To enter: Visit Greener Living Soap Nuts and comment here, telling me one thing you learned about Soap Nuts that I didn't cover in this post. I really did leave out a lot - they're fascinating little things. Go forth and learn! And be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

That's the mandatory entry, but here are some ways to earn extra entries as well. Each one is worth one additional entry unless otherwise noted; please leave one comment per entry, and don't forget your email address!

Additional entries:
  • Follow June Cleaver Would Be Shocked via GFC. (+2)
  • "Like" Greener Living Soap Nuts on Facebook. (+2)
  • "Like" June Cleaver Would Be Shocked on Facebook.
  • Follow me on Twitter. (+2)
  • Follow Soap Nuts on Twitter.
  • Snag my button (top right of this page) and add it to your blog. Leave a link in your comment! (+5)
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link! (+3)
  • Tweet about this giveaway - may be done once per day.
Contest ends: 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, October 20. Winner will be chosen by random number generator and emailed immediately. Please contact me within 48 hours to claim the prize, or a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck! :)

105 comments:

  1. I learned they are berries and not nuts at all.

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  2. Following you on Twitter @Jskell911

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  3. Soap nuts have had a long and successful track record for treating several skin conditions effectively.
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  4. I follow via GFC
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  6. I liked GLSN on FB (lexley)
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  11. I follow Soap Nuts on Twitter (@lexley)
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  17. I tweeted 10/15
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  18. Wow! I learned they're actually berries and also take the place of fabric softener, too!
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  19. I'm a GFC follower #1
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  20. I'm a GFC follower #2
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  21. I like Greener Living on Facebook #1
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  22. I like Greener Living on Facebook #2
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  23. I like June Cleaver Would be Shocked on FB
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  24. I follow you on Twitter
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  25. I follow you on Twitter #2
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  26. I follow Soap Nuts on Twitter
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  27. I learned that if you aren't satisfied they will refund 100 % of the purchase price plus 10%.
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  28. I am following as Renee G on GFC.
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  29. I am following as Renee G on GFC.
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  30. So cool... I like that there are no degerents

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  31. Like them on FB
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  32. Follow you...
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  33. I learned that these nuts are not nuts at all but their actually berries, how neat.
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  34. grabbed your button, put it here on my buttons of friends page.
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  38. grabbed your button, put it here on my buttons of friends page.
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  39. GFC follower
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  41. like Greener Living Soap Nuts on fb
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  42. like Greener Living Soap Nuts on fb
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  43. like June Clever would be shocked on fb
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  44. following you on twitter
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  45. following you on twitter
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  46. follow soap nuts on twitter
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  47. I learned that you can make a Plant Wash and Pest Repellent out of soap nuts! Thank you for the giveaway!


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  48. I learned that they are berries and you can just pop them into the compost bin when you are done with them!

    Megan
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  49. I follow via GFC 1

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  50. I follow via GFC 2

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  51. Ayurvedic treatment includes soap nuts as a key ingredient for shampoos and cleanser which are used for cleaning purpose when an individual suffers from skin allergies like eczema and psoriasis.
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  52. they are really berries, not nuts!

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  53. I learned that they're not nuts but actually soap berries and that there's two main varieties: sapindus trifoliatus Small Soap Nut and sapindus mukorossi Large Soap Nut

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  54. I follow on GFC (Linda R)

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  56. I like Greener Living Soap Nuts on Facebook (charming linda)

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  58. I like June Cleaver Would Be Shocked on Facebook (charming linda)

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  59. I follow on twitter @luvlybrunette77

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  60. I follow on twitter @luvlybrunette77

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  61. I follow Soap Nuts on Twitter @luvlybrunette77

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  62. grabbed button it's on left hand side
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  67. tweet:
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  68. I learned that you can make your own toothpaste with soap nuts

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  69. They help with psoriasis
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  70. GFC sarah_roxy_21
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  72. I learned they are a great multipurpose cleaner. I also learned you can boil 12-15 of them and use the liquid (3 T.) to do laundry if you'd rather do it that way.
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  73. I follow you with gfc (psychdog) #1.
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  74. I follow you with gfc (psychdog) #2.
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  75. Soap nuts are actually berries that grow on trees in India and Nepal!

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  76. Follow June Cleaver Would Be Shocked via GFC

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  77. Follow June Cleaver Would Be Shocked via GFC

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  78. follow you on twitter
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  80. tweeted
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  81. I learned they can be used in the liquid form as dishwasher detergent.
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  82. Follow June Cleaver Would be Shocked via GFC #1.
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  83. Follow June Cleaver Would be Shocked via GFC #2.
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  84. I learned that soap nuts can be used as a Pest Repellent
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  85. GFC follower
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  87. I follow you on Twitter as mama407
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  88. I follow you on Twitter as mama407
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  89. I follow SoapNuts on Twitter as mama407
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  90. I follow SoapNuts on Twitter as mama407
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  91. I enjoyed your very honest review b/c I think I would react the same way:) I learned that you can get a trial pack for $1! Would love to try it out.
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