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Shop Opening & a Giveaway!

August 1, 2011

Hi friends!

I have very exciting news today! In case you didn’t infer from the post title, my Etsy shop is now open for business! Woohoo!

My hope is that good•home•made would always be a source of encouragement and resources for you as you seek to live more creatively and sustainably, bringing more simplicity and beauty into your life. This is why I chose soap nuts to be the first item I would sell in my shop. I am particularly happy that I get to share something I believe in at an affordable price.

I started using soap nuts as my laundry soap two years ago and I never stopped. Soap nuts are the berries of the Soapberry tree, native to India and Nepal. These little berries contain saponin, a biodegradable and hypoallergenic detergent, which operates as a surfectant that releases the dirt, oil and grime from clothing. The berries have a slight apple-cider vinegar smell and they leave your clothes clean, scent-free and soft. They are all-natural, compostable, environmentally friendly, healthy for you and, best of all, economical. I love that.

They’re great for high efficiency washers because they produce few suds and are a gentle alternative for those that have allergies to the chemicals used in traditional detergents.

To use them you simply place four or five soap nuts in a cotton muslin bag, tie the top closed, and toss it into the tub of the washer. Warm water encourages the nuts to release their saponin, but they still work great in a cold wash. The nuts will turn grey and mushy after four or five washes, letting you know it’s time to replace them with new ones.

So, head on over to my shop and pick some up for yourself!

And to celebrate, I’m hosting a drawing for a free bag of soap nuts! To enter the drawing just leave a comment below, letting me know what you’d like to see or hear more of on good•home•made. Entries will be closed Wednesday at midnight and I’ll announce a winner Thursday morning!

PS- For those of you that are local to the good•home•made headquarters and would like to save on shipping (by grabbing them from me next time you see me), use the coupon code ‘local’ at checkout and you won’t be charged for shipping!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer Chim permalink
    August 1, 2011 11:48 am

    some yummy healthy cooking tips 🙂

  2. Jenny Southard permalink
    August 1, 2011 10:14 pm

    I recieved some soap nuts from Mrs. Alicia Nixon in the past and they are FABUOLOUS! Congrats on your new business!

  3. Alison permalink
    August 1, 2011 10:41 pm

    So excited about the shop opening!!! Can’t wait to see what’s in store!

  4. Nikki Vitkus permalink
    August 2, 2011 10:24 pm

    Congrats on your new business. You are a talented lady!

  5. August 3, 2011 9:09 pm

    I’m so intrigued by these — please enter me! And congrats on the Etsy shop — heading over there now.

  6. Leanna permalink
    August 3, 2011 11:02 pm

    Your blog is my favorite blog to read. I enjoy reading whatever you write about. I especially like the blog about the skin cream, i’ve been using it and my skin has never been so soft and looked so clear. Keep em comin!

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