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CoolCanucks Blog Contest – Superior Soapnuts Review & Giveaway!!CLOSED

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

WELCOME TO Supe­rior Soap­nuts! I stum­bled across this site awhile back and the prod­uct intrigued me so much that I knew I had to try them!

I had the plea­sure of try­ing out a 500g bag of soap­nuts and a soap­nut bar of soap as to which I was overly impressed!! It’s so easy being Green!!

About Supe­rior Soap­nuts, taken from their website:

SOAPNUTS ARE A COMPLETELY RENEWABLE, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, BIODEGRADABLE MATERIAL, THAT CAN BE PUT INTO YOUR COMPOST ONCE USED.

HOW TO USE SOAPNUTS

LAUNDRY

Shells: Place 4 or 5 soap­nuts in a small pouch of cot­ton or a sock tied at the top. Put this into your wash­ing machine load with tem­per­a­tures up to 90 Degrees.

Liq­uid: Use 2 to 3 table­spoons of soap­nuts liq­uid for a large load of laun­dry. (If your laun­dry feels a lit­tle stiff upon com­ple­tion of the cycle, you’ve used too much!)

Note: When mak­ing soap­nuts liq­uid it is impor­tant to remem­ber that, because soap­nuts are actu­ally a fruit and the liq­uid there­fore a ‘fruit juice’, if left at room tem­per­a­ture for more than a few days, it will begin to mold. If stored in the refrig­er­a­tor the liq­uid should last a cou­ple of weeks. Another great idea is to pour the liq­uid into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, store in the freezer in a well marked con­tainer! Each  frozen cube will be approx­i­mately 2 table­spoons which is the amount rec­om­mended for a load of laundry!

Soap­nuts are highly effec­tive and gen­tle at the same time. They will leave your laun­dry fresh and clean and com­pared to other deter­gents, its mild­ness will keep colours bright, main­tain­ing the fab­ric struc­ture of your clothes for longer peri­ods.  They can be used on all fab­rics and at all tem­per­a­tures (although the saponin is best released in a lit­tle warm water ini­tially).  They leave your clothes incred­i­bly soft with­out the need for fab­ric soft­en­ers or conditioners.

Soap­nuts are not a heavy stain remover. Although the liq­uid can be sprayed directly on fab­ric and suc­cess­fully remove minor stain­ing, heav­ier stains will still need to be pre­treated with a stain remover.

Soap­nuts are espe­cially effec­tive for wash­ing cloth dia­pers. They elim­i­nate all lin­ger­ing smells and will strip the dia­per of deter­gent build-up, increas­ing the dia­pers absorbency!

Soap­nuts are both eco­log­i­cal and eco­nom­i­cal when com­pared to other forms of deter­gents. A 500g bag of soap­nuts can be used for 200 or more loads of laundry.

Soap­nuts will leave your clothes fra­grance free. If you’d like to add a fra­grance, just add a few drops of your favorite essen­tial oil to the wash.

Shells can be used for more than one wash but the num­ber of washes per shell bag will depend on the water tem­per­a­ture used. Wash­ing at lower tem­per­a­tures, the soap­nuts can be used more often. You will know the soap­nuts need to be replaced when they become thin and dull with no shiny pock­ets of saponin left in them.

DISH WASHER

Fill the soap dis­penser with soap­nuts liq­uid (see liq­uid soap instruc­tions below) for wash­ing your glasses, dishes, cut­lery and pans. Don’t be deceived by the lack of bub­bles on the effec­tive­ness of the clean­ing. There are no arti­fi­cial foam­ing agents so there will be very few if any last­ing bub­bles but your dishes will be cleaned effec­tively even if left to soak. Soap­nuts can’t quite han­dle baked on food (i.e. casse­role dishes). As with most dish­washer soaps, some pre­wash may be necessary.

Alter­na­tively, just put 3 shells in the bot­tom of the cut­lery holder and some vine­gar in the rinse dis­penser and your dishes will come out sparkling clean.

LIQUID HAND/BODY SOAP, PEOPLE AND PET SHAMPOO

Add about 50g (a hand­ful – or about  8 to10 soap­nuts) soap­nuts shells to approx. 6 cups of water. Crush the shells into smaller pieces before adding – this aids in the release of the saponin. Bring to boil, then sim­mer for approx­i­mately 30 min­utes. The boil­ing process extracts the saponin from the nut shells and com­bines with the water. You can use the liq­uid imme­di­ately, or let it steep overnight. Strain into appro­pri­ate con­tainer and com­post the remain­ing shells.You now have a con­cen­trated, chem­i­cal free deter­gent that can then be used as a laun­dry soap, all pur­pose cleaner, car wash, liq­uid soap, people/pet sham­poo (the char­ac­ter­is­tic smell of the saponin will keep par­a­sites at bay for some time. It is very effec­tive against lice, fleas and ticks), or any­thing else  you would nor­mally clean with a liq­uid. Exper­i­ment with longer boil times and water to shell ratios for stronger and weaker con­cen­tra­tions. Fill a spray or pump bot­tle with the liq­uid and use to wash hands, body, hair or fur. Soap­nuts leaves your hair and your pets fur soft and man­age­able.  Make sure the liq­uid does not get into the eyes as it will burn.

CLEANING & DETOXIFYING FOOD

Soak your fruit and veg­eta­bles for approx­i­mately 10 min­utes in the soap­nuts liq­uid. Rinse off and enjoy this food free from harm­ful chem­i­cals and residue. The soap­nuts solu­tion can then be reused for house­hold cleaning.

WINDOWS AND GLASS CLEANER

Fill a clean spray bot­tle with 1 cup water, 2 table­spoons vine­gar and 1 table­spoon soap­nuts liq­uid. Spray and wipe win­dows or mir­rors clean. Pol­ish with a dry cloth or newspaper.

(I per­son­ally find that adding more water works bet­ter,  about 1 ½ cups).

ALL PURPOSE CLEANER

Keep the liq­uid in a spray bot­tle and use to clean the bath­room, kitchen, floors, etc. Add a few drops of essen­tial oil if you pre­fer a dif­fer­ent scent.

CLEANING JEWELLERY

Soap­nuts are com­monly used in Indian house­holds for clean­ing and shin­ing jew­elry due to its effec­tive­ness. Jew­elry is soaked in soap­suds liq­uid and then rubbed with a cloth to give it a shine.

NATURAL PLANT WASH AND PEST REPELLENT

Add 1 cup water, 1 table­spoon soap­nuts liq­uid, and 1 table­spoon Neem oil (optional) to a clean spray bot­tle. Shake well. For plant wash, spray leaves and wipe clean. To repel pests (i.e. aphids and green­fly), spray plant thor­oughly, cov­er­ing all sur­faces, and allow to air dry. Your left over soap­nuts liq­uid from wash­ing or laun­dry can be used for this purpose.

Mos­quito repel­lent: wash or smear your exposed parts with the liq­uid and the mos­qui­toes will leave you alone, repelled by the smell of saponin. Give it a try!

DANDRUFF CONTROL

Apply the soap­nuts liq­uid on scalp and leave on for 5 to10 min­utes.  Make sure the liq­uid does not get into the eyes as it will burn.  Rinse hair with water.  Fol­low­ing this pro­ce­dure reg­u­larly will not only help pre­vent dan­druff, but will also keep your hair soft and strong.  You can also replace the soap­nuts liq­uid with soap­nuts powder.

STORING SOAPNUTS

Soap­nuts absorb mois­ture very eas­ily. They become dark & sticky in a very short period of time if left exposed to air. Ide­ally the nuts should be packed in an air­tight con­tainer or a plas­tic bag  tied tightly. How­ever, sticky soap­nuts do not mean that they have gone bad. They will still wash & clean per­fectly.  Soap­nuts pow­der, how­ever, if not stored in per­fectly  air tight con­di­tions, will become lumpy very eas­ily. Once in lump form, the pow­der is dif­fi­cult to use, even though it still retains all its orig­i­nal wash­ing prop­er­ties.
Extremely impres­sive!! Supe­rior Soap­nuts have so many uses, and the prices are surely unbeat­able!! I am now sold on these for sure and I hon­estly know you would love them too!!

The extremely kind and gen­er­ous folks over at Supe­rior Soap­nuts has offered to give away to 1 Lucky Cool­Canucks reader the chance to win 500g bag of soap­nuts and a soap­nut bar of soap! SWEET!!

To Enter:

Manda­tory Entry – ***This is a MUST!! Those who don’t ful­fill the very first entry will be dis­qual­i­fied! Also, any com­ments such as ‘enter me’ or ‘love to win’ will be deleted.***

1) Head on over to Supe­rior Soap­nuts and check out all of the fab­u­lous prod­ucts! Please let me know what you would love to own from there?

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Fol­low @coolcanucks on Twit­ter! Leave me your twit­ter name!

Tweet this con­test! Leave me the Sta­tus Link to your tweet! *NOW UNLIMITED TWEETS DAILY!!* and leave a com­ment each time with the Tweet Sta­tus Link*

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Pur­chase from Supe­rior Soap­nuts for the dura­tion of the give­away and get 10 extra entries!! Just tell me in a comment!

**Give­away open to both US & Canada and expires on May 22nd, 2011**

A HUGE thank you to Supe­rior Soap­nuts for spon­sor­ing us with this GREAT Con­test here at CoolCanucks!!

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Cityline Canada — Brita Contest — Enter to win a prize pack from Brita

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

 

Enter this con­test once from City­line Canada’s Brita Con­test — Enter to win a prize pack from Brita!

Thanks to cqueen2 for sharing!!

 

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The Gap Canada Deals ~ Up to 50% Off + FREE Shipping

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

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Save up to 50% off now at The Gap Canada plus free ship­ping until April 25th!

Click here to shop and save now, and thanks again to Wally2009 for sharing!!

 

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Canadian Freebie ~ Thyme Maternity ~ Free Playtex Drop-Ins Bottle

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

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Thyme is offer­ing a Play­tex bot­tle for a lim­ited time.for fur­ther details, and thank you Wally2009 for sharing!!

Click here

 

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Airmiles Canada/Zellers ~ Get 15 bonus Airmiles (or 30000 HBC Rewards points) when you spend $30+ at Zellers

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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Get 15 bonus Air­miles (or 30000 HBC Rewards points) when you spend $30+ at Zellers until June 11th!

Click here to print out your valu­able coupon now!

 

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Canadian Health & Lifestyle — Win a $100 Rexall gift card

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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Enter this con­test once from Cana­dian Health & Lifestyle for your chance to Win a $100 Rex­all gift card!

Con­test ends on May 20th, good luck CoolCanucks!!

 

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POLYSPORIN Poly to Go Coupon ~ Save $3.00 (Printable Coupon)

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

 

Click here to instantly save $3.00 off of POLYSPORIN prod­ucts with this awe­some Print­able Coupon that Wally2009 shared with us at CoolCanucks!

This coupon is valid until Decem­ber 31st!

 

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Life Made Delicious — General Mills Canada ~ Chex Gluten Free Cereal — Sign up to know when Chex arrives!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

We’re get­ting ready to launch Chex gluten free cereal!

Sign up to be one of the first to know when Chex arrives.

Plus, receive gluten free recipes, coupons, and much more!

 

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Suzy Shier: Save 40% On-Line April 28 Only

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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Mark your cal­en­dars for April 28th when you can save Save 40% On-Line only at Suzy Shier!

Also, Be one of the first 150 peo­ple to place an order and receive a free swag bag!!

Click here to shop and save on April 28th!!! Thanks again Wally2009!

 

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Yellow Shoes Canada ~ Win an iPad

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Res­i­dents of ON, QC, NB can enter this con­test once for their chance to win an iPad!

Con­test ends on April 25th, good luck!!

 

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