Have you ever tried Soapnuts? I have and liked them alot. You toss them in a small bag and thenin with your laundry and they are your detergent. They actually grow on a tree so they are wonderful for the environment. You can boil them down and make a liquid soap too.
http://soapnutslaundry.com/2010/01/14/soap-nuts-coconut-scrub-pads-giveaway/ Is having a giveaway for some.
5 years ago