Jun 222012

Over the past three years I have met many ‘green’ mums who absolutely love washing with so called soap nuts, leaving me wondering what the excitement is all about. Most of the time I am quite keen to try new things but it took me a little longer to get my head around it this time. A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and opened up a bag of soap nuts from a gorgeous online store called Little Eco.

Little Eco is a relatively new Australian store that focuses on all things eco for babies and kids, for you and even your home. Owner Amanda is always hunting for new eco finds from all over the world so you can expect to find some fantastic and unique products in store. The thing about being eco conscious is that every little bit helps and Little Eco will show you that it is actually very easy to live a little greener.

Back to the soapnuts which, I have learnt, are actually berries and not nuts. Harvested from the Sapindus mukorossi tree in Pakistan the shell of these fruits delivers a soapy lather when mixed with water. So instead of ordinary washing powder you simply add a drawstring bag containing 4-6 soapnuts to your washing, wash like normal and the result is clean laundry. Many cloth nappy users swear by soapnuts and I can safely say my cloth nappies have been coming up squeaky clean.

Soapnuts are 100% natural and biodegradable, they are very durable and super affordable. A 200gram bag of Sindhiya soapnuts ($9.90) should be enough of approximately 120 wash loads, much cheaper than ordinary washing powder and obviously much more eco friendly too. Once completely used you can simply place your soap nuts in your compost bin as they are a natural product.

Speaking of nappies, this Wiggle Tree wetbag is perfect for storing your wet nappies until they can be washed. You can fit up to 5 disposable nappies (or 3-4 cloth nappies), enough room for a day out with baby. The waterproof lining will keep your nappy bag nice and dry and you can just wash your wetbag in the washing machine. Every time you use this stylish bag is one less disposable bag ending up in landfill!

One of the latest brands to arrive at Little Eco is Guava Kids and you have to admit that these are the most stylish mitts you have ever seen. Made from bamboo and organic cotton the little Guava Mitts ($12.95) are perfect for little ones with sensitive skin. They feature a special closure system that will prevent lost mittens, you wouldn’t want to lose these cuties. They keep babies hands warm, baby entertained with bright colours and patterns and avoid scratching, a fabulous design.

To find out more about Little Eco, to browse the range of eco products and to order online visit www.little-eco.com.au.

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