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The Astonishing Soap Nut

June 20th, 2019

I’m so excited to be offering you Soap Nuts on my website! You may be asking yourself what it has to do with dogs though? I often feel that we consider our dogs needs more than we do our own. We do more for our dogs than we do for ourselves, we buy them better food, better supplements and we worry that they don’t exercise enough or perhaps too much… sound familiar? 

More and more dogs these days suffer from different types of allergies, and sometimes it’s difficult, even with a blood test, to find out what’s actually going on. We can really only try and limit the causes to a certain point or give the dog prescribed medication. In my previous blog (found here) I mentioned what we can use, and do, to help our dogs that suffer from skin allergies such as change food, give immunity-boosting supplements, wash their toys, wash their beds, and bath, bath, bath!! 🛁

Some dogs can be even allergic to laundry detergent.  Skin reactions are often concentrated around the face, groin, under the front legs, or between the toes. Allergic reactions to laundry detergent can be caused by mere contact with laundered bedding, dog backpacks or clothing, or by contact with clothing worn by us. So why not change our detergent to hypoallergenic, 100% natural and a compostable option? TO SOAP NUTS!!

The main reason soap nuts are hypoallergenic is because they’re a fruit and it’s very rare to have a fruit allergy. However, just to be sure, the natural soap in the soap nuts have been tested by dermatologists and 100% of subjects tested had ZERO reaction (noticeable irritation) after 48 hours of exposure. It’s nice when modern science can prove what ancient civilizations have known all along! Soap nuts have also been tested and found to have mild anti-fungal and anti-microbial activity. BONUS!

Soap nuts are great for all fabrics and can be used at all temperatures from
30-90°C. They’re great for all washing machines, especially energy efficient machines & great for all allergy sufferers, not just dogs.

Soap nut fruits actually contain a natural soap called saponin, which is released when they come into contact with water. They help free dirt and grime from clothes and help carry it away. This is how all synthetic detergents work. So with every laundry, you are not only helping your dog, your family and yourself, but also our planet. There is no planet B…

Pop on over to www.soapnuts.co.uk to go read more about this incredible fruit nut! It’s taught me a lot!

Jitka xx

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When we got home from the hospital with our new arrival it was clear that Perri, one of our miniature poodles, maternal instincts kicked in and went into overdrive. She was immediately acting like a mother separated from her pups and just wanted to care for the ‘naked puppy’. She has a history of being so motherly, even to the point that she has produced milk for puppies that aren’t hers even before she had a litter and has mothered every type of animal she could. She was panting, pacing and unable to relax for long at all. She could whine for England!

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