Sometime in October I wrote this post Organic Cleaning Solutions that one could use for their home and one of the products that I mentioned was the range of products from Krya. I had never used the products, but heard some absolute rave reviews and mentioned them. I got the natural detergent powder and the dishwasher powder from them sometime in November for a review. I was busy emptying the existing stock so that I could start using Krya. I alternate between Amway SA8 (which I have never reviewed!) and the Rustic Art Power Laundry for my clothes. Krya was a welcome change because I could finally add something more to my list of natural detergents.
What’s special about Krya Natural Detergent Powder?
First things first, if you follow my blog, you will know how much I try and incorporate green living into my life. So when I get options, I am all gung – ho about exploring it.
Let me start with packaging. The product was sent to me in a recyclable box and the detergent powder is also packaged in recycled paper. The product comes with two cotton pouches that you use to put the detergent powder in. I was a bit apprehensive about using this powder because I was not very sure of the effectiveness, because all the while I thought soap-nuts was just to clean the hair! I have been using this for about 2-3 weeks now and the results are awesome. There is a very light soap-nut fragrance in the clothes, in fact you can almost miss it. And I was surprised with the effectiveness it had. I still have a pack of detergent as a stand by that I use when the laundry is superbly dirty, but when I used this detergent and soaked the exceptionally dirty clothes of the boys as mentioned in the video, the clothes came out absolutely clean. What more can I ask for? And the clothes come out superbly soft so I also miss the step of adding the fabric conditioner in the last cycle of wash.
And it doesn’t stop at just cleaning clothes, if you have used it as a bucket wash, you can use the water for your garden and plants. the residue of the detergent powder post the wash can be added to the compost bin or can be used for your plants. This is optimum usage of a product for me.
Do I recommend this?
A big, big yes! Krya Natural Detergent Powder is not just helping us reduce the carbon footprint, but also promoting a sustainable living. Thank you Krya for an awesome product. Priced at INR 290 for a 400gms packet, I would say this is economical. You need a tablespoon of the detergent which is roughly 10gms per use. Do the math, 40 uses from a 400 gm pack, makes it roughly less than INR 8 for a single wash for about a 5 kg load. Isn’t that easy on the pocket too? Head right here to buy this NOW!
What are soap nuts/soap berries?
Let’s jog the grey cells. When I was young, shampoos were a strict – no at home. They were not good for hair. Period. You could not argue with your mom if a fancy shampoo bottle caught the attention. Instead my mom made this concoction comprising of soap nuts (areetha) and shikakai, that was used to clean the hair. Soap nuts lather naturally so the cleansing got rid of the oil in the hair too. All I can say is that the initial years of sticking to the home remedies, I have awesome hair. I never knew that this can be used as a detergent too! Read more about soapnuts here.
How to use
For Top Load or Front Load Machines
- You need a tablespoon (10 gms) of the Krya detergent. Put it into the cotton pouch that comes along with the detergent powder and securely tie a knot so that the powder does not come out.
- Drop the bag along with the clothes into the washing machine.
- Wash a usual. krya recommends soaking the clothes for at least 15 minutes along with the detergent if the clothes are stained and dirty.
- The best part? You can use the residue of the detergent in your garden or plants!
Read detailed instructions here.
The Give Away!
Just answer these questions :
1. Give me your favourite green DIY home recipe
2. Tell me why do you want to win this give-away
Just answer the questions! That is all and two lucky winners will get to try this awesome organic detergent! Nice way to begin the New Year right? The give-away is open till 26th January.
Watch how to use the detergent as told by Preethi Sukumaran, the founder of Krya.
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Anjali pant says
A lovely post as always !
What all does this detergent comprise of ? Just soaps nuts ?
And could the green DIY recipe include any green home made recipe ? Or , it has to be related with detergent ? Please elaborate !
Have a fabulous day !
Cya ! 😀
http://krya.in/index.php/shop/krya-natural-detergent-powder.html – This will give you all the details! Any DIY recipe is fine, not related to the detergent, but yes do let us know why you would want to win it !
Anjali pant says
Okay great ! Thanks !
And I have posted a query regarding Auravedic foot oil in the concerned post , please reply. Actually the bottle is lying with me , and without knowing the whereabouts I won’t be able to move ahead with it.
Let me get back to you on this, will take me a while though!
Veens @ Our Ordinary Life says
This sounds fantastic 🙂 Here is my favorite home make cleaning recipe (though I am not sure if it is green) –
In a container fill up half water and half vinegar. Microwave for 30sec or 1 minute. Clean your microwave because the fumes would make it easy 🙂 Then add in used lemon into this (whenever you find a lemon and use it, you can keep adding them to the vinegar-water mixture). Keep it for a while and then just use it on any surface to clean away stains and it leaves a lemony smell as well 🙂 (to make it really work you can microwave before use).
And I would really love to use a green detergent and see – how it fairs compares to the common one because at the end of the day I do have a lot of dirty laundry (read kiddo) and i would like it cleaned perfectly 🙂
Tannis W says
I like using olive oil to clean my stainless steel fridge. So easy, simple and green!
I’d like to try this soap cause it sounds really interesting.
tannis_z at excite dot com
Doesn’t oil leave the fridge sticky?
sangeetha menon says
Pratibha .. I use apple cider vinegar to clean and sanitise the kitchen area and the chopper / veggie cutter , just pour 2 tbsp of he ACV , spread it and let it air dry . The chopper as well as the kitchen area would be squaeky clean plus sanitised too 🙂
my fav DYI home recipe.. (donno if it’s green ;)):-
An Oatmeal and Onion Puree Face Mask:
Take advantage of one’s leftover oats!!!!.. & onions.
Oatmeal helps clear clogged pores, while onions i have been told help heal acne scars. Add a bit of water.. & this face mask is the best acne clearing thing…
i would love to use this green detergent coz my kid is small.. & his clothes get very dirty… 🙂
I am a sucker for green initiatives. We already compost all our kitchen waste. All the water used for washing veggies is used to water plants. We have a thriving terrace garden and we grow and consume organic homegrown veggies. I find that I am slowly shifting to natural products even in my skin and hair care regimen. For my dry hair, I use a pack of 2 eggs, 4 tbsp olive oil and 1 cup curd. I mix it will and leave it on the hair for about 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with normal water. I have seen that it works well on the frizz and makes my hair softer naturally. Curd and honey applied to the face makes it silken smooth as well. And given that I already compost my waste and have a lot of plants, I would love to use the water from my machine in plants as well. Kyra seems just about right for me. Thanks for a lovely review, Prats!
My favorite DIY clean recipe would be water + old newspaper! Just cleans the glass top dinning table, glass doors and windows in minutes. I spray some water using a spraying bottle and will use a sheet of an old newspaper to wipe it clean. Wet newspaper makes it easier for the dirt to come out without leaving any trails. So simple but effective. My mom have been using this ever since I was a kid.
Never heard about ‘soap berries’ before… Curious to know more about it!
Hi, I use haldi, malai, milk, kesar and besan (chana daal) mixture for my and my daughter’s bath. Haldi keeps us clean, Kesar keeps the fairness, besan cleanses away the dirt and milk malai keep skin soft. Why I would like to win Kyra giveaway? I like to try new and better products. Especially recommended ones and I have read Kyra review once before and liked what I read about.
Anjali pant says
Could the ACV be used to clean washroom floor ( of marble ) ? Since its acidic in nature , it’s pretty evident that it will be effective against dirt patches. But acid also is not good for the marble floors as it may lead to the loss of natural shine of the marble. Since you have been using this recipe , I want to have your opinion about it. Let me know whenever convenient .
My fav and easiest DIY home cleaning tip is using a regular ol rag cloth to wipe down the kitchen platforms instead of using the paper towels. It’s not a big deal in India I know we all just use cloth, but here in the US people use paper towels and it annoys me to no end. Cutting down trees just to wipe you kitchen counters is just plain ridiculous!
This is open to Indian residents only 🙁 And I so relate to the tip! I follow that too!
Thanks for putting up the product review. Given that you’ve used this as well as Rustic Art, how do you think they compare – in terms of cost and quality (is the higher cost of Krya justified by its quality)?