Monday, June 28, 2010

Maggie's Pureland Giveaway

I first tried soapnuts over 6 months ago. I was having a conversation with a friend about ways to wash cloth diapers that wouldn't be irritating to the skin. We found many homemade chemical-free recipes but I still wasn't sold. I dug deeper and stumbled upon a site about soapnuts. I was curious. Can we really wash our clothing with a berry from a tree and have fresh, clean clothes? Is that possible? Surely we need chemicals to achieve a satisfactory level of clean, I thought. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that we don't! NO chemicals are needed. Soapnuts are simple. You can use them as a whole berry in a cotton cloth bag or you could boil them into water and use the liquid. Which ever is easier for you. I prefer the liquid because I could add my own essential oils.
Maggie's has their own liquid formula of soapnut liquid, tea tree oil and lavender essential oil. I love the scent and if you know about essential oils you'd know that tea tree and lavender have antibacterial/disinfecting properties to them. The thing with soapnuts that you need to know is that they are low sudsing. So if you don't see a million bubbles like store bought detergents that is perfectly normal. It's still working. Store bought detergents generally have a "foaming agent" mixed right in to create lots of bubbles and make us consumers think they are working so well. Soapnuts release their saponin slowly. If you wash in hot water you only need two nuts in the cotton bag and only use them once. If you wash on cold you use about 4 nuts and can reuse them up to 4 times generally.
Soapnuts can not only be used for laundry but also as a fruit/veggie wash, in the dishwasher, to hand wash dishes, your hair, skin problems like eczema, and as a natural pest repellant. There are so many uses for soapnuts. You'd be amazed.

From the Maggie's Pureland website:

The Pureland Promise:
At Maggie’s Pure LandTM we promise to act in harmony with life and nature. Our commitment to compassionate living provides you with the most natural products available, provides fair wages to workers, and protects our animal friends by never testing on them. We also donate 10% of our net proceeds to groups that improve the lives of mothers, children, and support a happy, Pure Planet Earth.

Maggie’s Soap NutsTM are the only laundry soap that grows on trees!
Truly effective, 100% natural and safe for your most sensitive skin.
Soap Nuts
TM are the dried fruit of the Chinese Soapberry tree.
They contain saponin, a natural cleaner used for thousands of
years to clean clothes, just like the plants used by Native Americans
for washing.

Simply put a few Soap Nuts into the included cotton sack and drop
it in your laundry. Your clothes come out clean, vibrant, and soft.
Replace your laboratory detergents and softeners with the soap
made from Nature by Nature. Your clothes, your skin, your family,
and your planet will thank you.

Maggie's is offering my readers a choice of either a 5 load soapnut sample or an 8 load liquid laundry soap. How do you enter? Go to Ayurvedic, on Maggie's website and read it. Then come back here and comment telling me one thing you learned and if you won, which sample you would like to try. That's it. I ask you to share this link on your facebook, blog, whatever. The world needs to know about such a great way to get a step closer to chemical free living. This giveaway will close on July 12th, 2010 at 11:59pm central time. Oh and I should mention, there will be two winners chosen at random. :)

If you would like to purchase Maggie's Pureland products please do so by clicking on this link:

*Maggie's Pureland provided me with a free sample of this product to review. I was not required to write a positive review in return for the free products. My opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. I received no monetary compensation for the review of this product.


MGS Fotografie said...

So excited about your giveaway! I'm really wanting to try the liquid detergent :)

I didn't know you could use it as a toothpaste and veggie wash! That's awesome :)

O Bella Naturals said...

You know I love soapy things, this sounds so neat. I've never known anyone that has tried it, I'd definitely love to give it a try.

And a major plus that I learned (and never even thought of) is that it is biodegradable! Duh! This would be perfect for a graywater system, wouldn't kill plants! I would love set up a graywater system later on for our house.

And if I won......... I think I'd give the liquid a try so I can add whatever oils I want, since I've got tons :)

Thanks for hosting this on your blog! I will definitely share this with friends and family, and blog about it as well :)

Robyn Riffel said...

What an interesting fruit ! I am definately going to order some of this product ! I couldn't believe all of the medicinal benefits of them ! I could use it for a few of mine ! The cleaning part was just icing on the cake ! Thanks Katie !

kristen said...

i want this because it is replacing Nonoxynal-9 as a spermicide, which is something that weighs on my mind daily...
let me win because i think that our laundry and dish soap is killing us. PLUS, i kind of remember telling you about Ayurvedic medicine around like 2001, and how it is better than this western crap...

CJ Schmid said...

Ya know a few months ago I saw the link to Maggie's on your site and checked it out. I LOVED the fact that you could use all natural nuts to wash your clothes to get them just as clean as the chemical stuff you buy from Walmart.
I read this article and learned that the soap nuts can also be used to wash your hair which has really inspired me to buy some products from her to try on my unruly thick hair. If I win your giveaway I would definitely love to try the actual soap nuts themselves, that way I could experiment with them as clothes detergent and as a hair cleanser.

Violet Bella said...

i completely impressed with the widespread uses of these nuts. i love a product that you can use for your clothes, for your dandruff, for your garden and for your counters! wow. i would so love to try it for all of these!

Jenny Bundt said...

I had no idea you could use those as toothpaste!!!!!! I really want to try these so bad I have for so long but we cant ever afford to buy them...and now with the stupid backyard lol. If I could win and try them and tell taylor how great they are maybe he would let me buy them hahahahaha. heres hoping!!!!!! oh and I would like to try the liquid one.

Donna Louise said...

love love love soap nuts :) have yet to try Maggie's relaxing bath recipe it looks/sounds awesome. if i won i would love to try Maggies liquid to see how it compares to the liquid i make... Either way I have gone au naturel!!!