We always like to discover innovative, plant-based products that are being introduced into the marketplace. Take for example, Soap Nuts which are an organic, eco-effective alternative to detergent. The powder is made from the sun-dried fruit of Sapindus Trifoliatus trees in south eastern India which is ground into a fine powder. Nothing further is added to the powder, and it can be made into a paste, liquid or used as a powder.
Soap Nut shells contain saponin (a natural detergent) and when they come in contact with water they make mild suds. Soap Nuts could prove more economical than your regular powder — two pounds of Soap Nut shells is enough for around 100 washes. Fabric softener is not needed.
They clean just as well but are completely odorless. The only drawback to Soap Nuts is that although they do preserve color in fabrics, they are not so good with white washing — you may want to add some natural whitener.