I chanced upon Daily Dump's soapy nuts in Bangalore's new Mother Earth store on Inner Ring Road and was fascinated to know that one can use an old grandma trick - reetha, which used to be recommended for washing hair - as a natural alternative to detergents which contain many unknown and potentially harmful chemicals. Not to mention the problems they create for waste water treatment and pollution caused (I am reminded of this by the froth floating in Bellandur lake every day :-(). Promptly got a bag to try and see if I could completely replace daily detergents with it. Results in the first wash were fairly satisfying - clothes were cleaned. Moreover, because the soapy nuts don't froth, I could just do with one rinsing cycle. The water saved is an added bonus :-) Claim is that you can also use it in washing machines - might not work for heavily soiled clothes though.
Attaching their scanned brochure below for more information .. apparently such products are also available in other eco-friendly stores worldwide! See http://www.nigelsecostore.com/acatalog/Soap_Pods.html
Another interesting product from Nigel's eco-store: http://www.nigelsecostore.com/acatalog/eco-balls-wash-kit.html
I have been voluntarily involved with many NGOs in India since 2002. I strongly believe that all of us can do more by coming together, sharing ideas and working together to address social issues! A techie by training - I have a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Bombay and Masters of Science from U.....read more