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.