I was so disappointed when the soap nuts I purchased didn't work out for us, the I decided to contact Eco Nuts again and asked about their liquid version. I was still a little skeptical, but I was so anxious to see this work that I just had to try it. Eco Nuts happily offered me a 24/48 load bottle of their Soapberry Liquid Extract detergent to try.
My original plan was to test out how well it cleaned up stains in Bugs' clothing, but my first test was a load of J's work cloths. While everything of his is dark and doesn't show stains to begin with, I was completely blown away by how his clothes smelled afterwards. Just to be clear, there is really no scent to any of Eco Nuts soaps, just the scent of the soapberry itself, which I think is kind of an "off" scent, something I would not usually find appealing. However, while I was pulling his clothes out of the washer, I could pick up hints of sweetness that were so very faint in the smell of the detergent. I washed in the apartments HE washer, and while the bottle says to only use a 1/2 capful in HE washers, I wanted to be sure it worked with his clothing, so I used a full cap. After everything dried in the drier, I couldn't smell anything. I jumped for joy, on the inside of course :)
With clean smelling clothes, the next big test for me was how Bug's clothing looked after a wash with the Eco Nuts liquid. This time, I started a load with warm water in the apartment's top loading machine, used one capful as directed, and crossed my fingers. The best example I thought to use was my biggest complaint with the soap nuts, Bug's bibs.
You can tell the stains lightened, but obviously a stain remover is still needed with this product. However, I am still impressed with how it cleaned. There was no clumped food of formula left on any of Bug's clothing, and everything smelled clean. So, I purchased some Bio-Kleen Bac-Out Stain and Odor Remover and have already purchased an additional bottle of the Eco Nuts Soapberry Liquid Extract Natural Laundry Soap.
You can view their press release featuring this detergent, and purchase it for yourself from their website!