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soapnutlady
May 19th, 2007, 10:43 AM
Hi Everybody!
I am the director of
Soapods the only vegan eco-friendly way to wash your clothes!:p
Please see the site www.soapods.com (http://www.soapods.com)
Email me with ANY questions
Penny Morgan
info@soapods.com

veg_eric
May 19th, 2007, 11:00 AM
I use vegan Ecover, why is your product more eco-friendly? :)

soapnutlady
May 19th, 2007, 11:10 AM
well, for a start ecover products are made in a factory in belgum! so petro chemicals involver..
Soapnuts are a completly natural product with NOTHING added!
Penny Morgan
Directoe
www.soapods.com

veg_eric
May 19th, 2007, 03:37 PM
well, for a start ecover products are made in a factory in belgum! so petro chemicals involver..


But that's "right next door" for me, where does your stuff come from?

Is it flow'n in to england / europe?

soapnutlady
May 19th, 2007, 03:54 PM
Soapnuts come by ship in huge containers, twice a yesr... low carbon footprint and nil damage tothe environment when you wash your clothes..

alisont
May 19th, 2007, 07:42 PM
I use soapnuts! heard of them last year and they are very good - good for travel too.

The huge bag lasts ages, we do have ecover left as use to buy the 5L size from a co op as less packing/plastic.

Both products are great:)

button
May 19th, 2007, 08:21 PM
Can I use these in a front loader? If I can, where do they go in the machine?
Thanks! I've been wondering this for a little while! :)

Robert
May 19th, 2007, 08:27 PM
I use them on colours but not for whites as they do not remove sweat stains.

alisont
May 19th, 2007, 10:18 PM
You put some (6-8) soap nuts in a little drawstring cotton bag and use that in with the clothes, not used on many whites as wear more darker colours, are fine with those, and towels/bedding....

emmapresley
May 19th, 2007, 10:28 PM
I use them on colours but not for whites as they do not remove sweat stains.

can bang in some ecover laundry bleach and use stain remover also..i sometimes put in lemon essential oil on white stuff. don't know if it actually contributes to 'natural bleaching' but it's got a lemony fresh whiter 'n' white kinda smell :)

i bought some recently that imo aren't as good as the batch i bought previously..apparently last years harvest were a bit skimpy :confused: the stickier and shiny gooier the better i think maybe. still better than washing powders packed to the rafters with nasties.

fondducoeur
Jan 21st, 2008, 04:54 AM
Does anyone else use these?
How many loads do you usually use them for?
Do you all use essential oils to scent them? (I see ep uses lemon)

I have just started using them in the last couple of weeks, and think I like them so far.
What kind of vegan dryer sheet-type products do you all use? (While I'm on the topic of laundry).

Roxy
Jan 21st, 2008, 05:33 AM
I use Method dryer sheets (http://www.methodhome.com/products.php?cat=type&type=laundry&prod=dryer_cloths). Actually - I use a lot of Method household products and love them all.

vava
Jan 21st, 2008, 10:09 AM
ok for easy washes but doesn't get stains out

Sluggie
Jan 21st, 2008, 06:19 PM
I use Dryer Balls in my dryer - they make drier sheets unnecessary, and reduce drying time too.

http://www.allergybestbuys.co.uk/mg/index.html?p=http://www.allergybestbuys.co.uk/mg/products/901034M.html|p

treaclemine
Jan 22nd, 2008, 01:02 PM
Just to note that Ecover is no longer considered to be suitable for vegans.

AlexKunzill
May 9th, 2008, 12:13 AM
I've ordered some Soapnuts now. I normally do a wash without cleaner as most of my clothes dont get dirty as I change alot, a 30 degree wash is normally fine!.

It will be good to see how these work, though!

fondducoeur
May 9th, 2008, 04:48 AM
I love them. I am planning on getting some sort of essential oils to scent my laundry with, but its not really necessary. I have been using them for about 5 months now. They aren't good for getting out stains though fyi, but i use them the majority of the time. I use four nuts at a time in cold water (more are required if you use cold water), but reuse them 3 to 4 times.

treehugga
May 9th, 2008, 06:41 AM
I've never heard of them in Australia.
I use Aware - natural, vegan friendly and makes all things bright, even whites.

cobweb
May 9th, 2008, 07:12 AM
i've used them but my husband, the Washing King says they don't remove stains and don't 'smell nice' - personally i'd still use them but am overruled on this one.

vegcurry
May 9th, 2008, 10:22 AM
I love the smell of soap nuts (and no Bryzee that comment doesn't require any 'correcting' :D) and I prefer to use them over the other stuff we have (BioD ??)

yum
May 9th, 2008, 10:42 AM
Just to note that Ecover is no longer considered to be suitable for vegans.

why's this?

vegcurry
May 9th, 2008, 11:44 AM
@ yum

"To establish the impact on the aquatic environment Ecover uses aquatic toxicity testing which uses water fleas (Daphnia), as they are present throughout the world in any freshwater system. As far as Ecover is aware there are no alternative tests available that will more accurately measure the impact of cleaning products on the aquatic environment. Ecover far exceeds the EU definition on what constitutes animal testing as Daphnia are invertebrates. The EU definition defines animal testing as the use of vertebrates, past a specified embryonic stage, (or larval stage in the case of fish and amphibians).

Ecover also uses a red blood cell test (Invittox RBC) on a non-systematic basis that uses blood from rabbit farming to test the effect of detergents on mucus membranes (to test skin compatibility).This test is used only in those cases where alternative testing methods are unavailable. Given the shortage of human red blood cells Ecover believes the use of human blood would be unethical. However, as alternative testing methods are continuously investigated, Ecover is confident that the RBC test shall become obsolete over the next few years. The Managing Director of Ecover has stated that if blood is needed for this test in the future he will donate his own blood!"

The full news item is here (http://www.vegansociety.com/phpws/index.php?module=announce&ANN_user_op=view&ANN_id=112)

yum
May 9th, 2008, 11:48 AM
Thanks vegcurry!

I use Ecover but thats definatly put a dampener on things. :(Tesco's write on some of their products that the product and ingredients are not tested by or for tesco. But it doesn't say it on all. Any idea what tesco's policy is?

bryzee86
May 9th, 2008, 11:51 AM
I use co-op, at least their policies are watertight.

Though for washing clothes I use Simply (http://www.simplywashing.com/)

kriz
May 9th, 2008, 05:21 PM
I use Method dryer sheets (http://www.methodhome.com/products.php?cat=type&type=laundry&prod=dryer_cloths). Actually - I use a lot of Method household products and love them all.

You have Method in Canada too! That's great, I LOVE their products - their furniture polish smells like almond and dish soap like cucumber... what could be fresher than that? Clorox maybe.:eek::D