My laundry detergent grew on a tree in India.
Fruit of a Sapindus tree, soap nuts contain saponins which are natural occurring surfactants.
An ancient answer to harsh commerical detergents that is even safe for cloth diapers.
Do I like it?
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Washing clothes with soapnuts is as easy as placing 5 nuts in the little cotton bag and throwing it in the washer when you start a load. I use the same soapnuts for 5ish loads and then put the used nuts in a jar of water that I am saving for some future yet-to-be-decided purpose.
The only catch when using soapnuts for cloth diapers is that you have to remember to remove the bag for the final rinse. With the use of soapnuts, I have officially learned just how important that final rinse is for cloth diapers. Trust me. Remember to take out the bag unless you want every diaper to leak with the first pee....
Prior to soapnuts, I was washing clothes and diapers with my homemade detergent of equal parts borax, washing soda and oxyclean. I liked that detergent better than the formerly used All Free & Clear; my clothes seemed nice and clean but whites were quite dingy, things just didn't seem soft as I would like and I had a hard time deciding on an appropriate measure for each load.
I am glad to say soapnuts has fulfilled all my washing needs......clean clothes, cloth diaper safe, 100% natural, cheap, and easy. The only way it could be better is if I was collecting my own soapnuts from a Sapindus tree in my backyard.