We won't lie. Soap nuts aren't the most attractive things you could use to clean your laundry. They're little shriveled-up pieces of fruit, and they look like something you might find in the washer after forgetting to empty your pockets. But they're also a chemical-free alternative to traditional laundry detergent. Soap nuts, the fruit of a tree found mostly in Asia, contain a natural substance called saponin that's the enemy of smelly socks everywhere. Just toss them in a little cotton bag, and into the wash they go with your duds. Skeptical? A sample only sets you back $1.99.
by Michelle Taute