I am happy to say no to all of the above. Not only is the Soap Nuts Liquid that I used free of nuts, it's also non-toxic, organic and it's even got a 90 day money back guarantee. I know this is starting to sound a bit like an infommercial so let me get back to what I thought and why.
In my personal journey of food allergies and how foods effect everything in our lives, I have even began to look at non-food items as well. The more I learn, the less I feel good about everyday items that I have purchased and used for so many years. I know I may sound a bit "earthy-crunchy" but everything truly it connected. What we put into our bodies, our soil, our water- all of this impacts all of us. So I try to do my part to the best of my abilities, which also means finding better products to help me do that.
What I Noticed
First thing I noticed was the scent of this liquid- it's kind of a gentle smell, similar to flowers in the garden but not at all overpowering. I myself am sensitive to strong, overpowering scents- so much so that I have had to return items because they just made me ill (headaches, clogged nose, etc). The Soap Nuts Liquid didn't bother me a bit. When you squirt it into the washer, you can smell it a bit stronger at first but once everything is washed and dried, it just seems like a faint built-in fabric softener kind of smell. You know, that kind of comfy, warm cuddly blanket smell.
I doubted at first because there were no suds or bubbles. You know moms- we need proof that it was cleaned (like all of those times you smell your kid's hands to make sure they used soap). I mean look- nothing..so where were the bubbles and how did my clothes actually get clean? Then I remembered that I cannot control everything and I just went with it. I was pleasantly surprised- my clothes were soft, smelled nice and nobody had any reactions to anything.
Then, I decided I was going to to be Super Mom and test the amount of loads that it said it yields (120 loads). The woman who sent me the product to try was probably rolling her eyes after reading my email telling her this but it's all good. So did I actually do 120 loads of laundry? Uh, no! Because after going through about 20 and not even getting through half the bottle, I hung my head and decided to again trust in the product. I mean gosh, who truly wants to do 120 loads of laundry anyway?!
Notice how fluffy her little pink paws are now and how her ears are poofier (I only use very technical terms).
- Scent is good, easy to use (comes with it's own dispenser), small container versus the usual store-bought plastic bottles and price is comparable. Soap Nuts Liquid 8 ounce bottle sells for $18.95 for 120 loads which is about the same as what you would pay for your usual neighborhood food store detergent except that Green Virgin Products offers a money back guarantee (so, win-win, right?).
- Would I buy it? Absolutely! (And if Green Virgin Products ever feels the need to send me some, please feel free it would be appreciated).
- Anything that I would change about it? Just a tiny suggestion- consider having a see through bottle so that you can have a better idea of when your liquid supply is getting low. Better to have it for when you need it so you are less likely to run to the store and get the detergent that you used to use just because it's already there.
- Additional thoughts- I would love to try more of their products and be able to find them at a local store in my area (I am a stickler for mail order).