Krya Eco Friendly Detergent Powder {Review + Giveaway}

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We have been taking baby steps towards green cleaning and eco-friendly living for a while now. Starting a kitchen garden, recycling water, saving electricity, using organic, sustainable and eco friendly products etc. are small ways through which we are trying to make our life more green.

On the subject of garden, a corner of our backyard garden is where we have kept our washing machine. Even though we recycle the residual water from the washing machine for cleaning the porch area, a fair amount of water still makes it way to the drainage through the garden area. After a while I started noticing that the patch of grass where the water usually drained out was almost dying and converted to mulch. I knew it wasn’t the water but the residual chemicals from the detergent we used that was causing this. It made me think about the kind of chemicals we were allowing to be in contact with our skin and without doubt a lot of it was making its way to our internal systems as well.

The main ingredients in most detergents are alkyl benzene sulfonates, alkyl phenoxy polyethoxy ethanols, artificial fragrances, diethanolamines, EDTA, optical brightners, petroleum distllates, polycarboxylates, preservatives, quaternium 15, xylene sulfonate & more. Trust me NOT GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!!!

Fortunately it was at this time that Preethi Sukumaran from Krya approached me regarding a review of the Krya Soapberry natural detergent. When she told me that this was 100% natural, plant based and one ingredient only detergent, I was intrigued and decided to review it for all fellow parents who are looking for natural and green cleaning solutions for their household.

Krya Natural Detergent Powder
Krya (means mindful action) is the brainchild of Preethi and Srinivas, an entrepreneurial couple passionate about the environment. The product is a natural detergent powder made from certified organic soapberries. It is a sustainable product which follows the five principles- cradle to cradle approach i.e. every part of the product can be recycled or reused, minimal ecological footprint, uses natural ingredients, is vegan and 100% cruelty free and best of all is a high impact product.

The detergent powder can be used for machine wash – front load or top load and hand wash.

What is a Soapberry?

Soapberry is often called the natural detergent growing on trees and have been historically used for over 3000 years. Soapberries are actual berries containing saponin, a natural surfactant, the active ingredient in soaps that separate the dirt, oil and other undesriables from your clothes. This tree that produces the soap berry is grown without pesticides or other toxic chemicals and provides work and a livelihood for many farmers living in India. A bonus of using soapberries is that it acts as a natural fabric softener, too.

Benefits of using Krya Natural Soapberry Detergent Powder

100% Biodegradable
100% Biocompostable
No Dyes or Fragrances
Hypoallergenic
Natural Fabric Softener
Natural Foul Odor Neutralizer
Natural Saponin from Sapindus Trifoliatus (South Indian Soapberry) Fruit
Superior Cleaning Performance
40+ Natural Washes in Every Box

Price and Quantity Rs 290/- for 400 gms

How to use

For Top Load or Front Load Machines

Put a tablespoon (10 gms) of the Krya detergent into the cotton pouch that comes along with the detergent powder
Securely tie the mouth of the bag with a double knot.
Drop the bag along with the clothes into the drum of the washing machine or into the detergent dispenser and wash as usual.
If your laundry load is dirty or stained, run the soak function for about 15 minutes before running your regular wash program.
After each wash compost the detergent residue in your garden or potted plants and dry the cotton pouch.
For hand wash

Put a tablespoon of Krya detergent directly into a bucket and turn the tap on.
The Krya detergent will foam as the water falls on it.
Soak your laundry in the detergent water for about 20 minutes before starting your wash.
Shake out any detergent residue that may remain on the washed clothes before line drying them.
Want to know more? Here is the link to several helpful videos on using Krya Detergent powder.
Our Experience
I was happy to see that Preethi sent me the products in a recycled box and was further delighted when I saw that the packaging of the product was also completely recyclable. The package contains a packet of soapberry powder and two cotton pouches.

When I opened the packet of the detergent the first thing that struck me was the pungent smell of the detergent. But I was not wary of that, as 100% natural and sustainable products do not have any chemicals and the smell affirmed the fact that there was no added fragrances to mask the smell of soapberries.

I have been using the krya detergent for over three weeks now and I must say I am a convert. I used the powder as per instructions in the detergent dispenser and have used it for both lightly soiled as well as heavily soiled clothes (especially my daughter’s playclothes). Initially I was skeptical whether I should skip on the fabric softener but the regular use proved my skepticism unfounded.

I found that the clothes are definitely cleaner and naturally softer. The clothes do not have any artificially added fragrance but they sure smell “CLEAN” . When I used the normal detergents I would find a white cast on many clothes but not so with Krya. Since there is no chemical residue I am relieved that it will never harm our skin or health.

The biggest difference has been in my daughter’s clothes. I always run a separate load for my daughter’s clothes and since she has sensitive skin I would not use fabric softener or any other additives. After using Krya I have found her clothes not only be super clean but also soft and fluffy. As a mother, using a 100% natural product for my daughter gives me great satisfaction.

Last but not the least the patch of green which had almost died is now becoming better thanks to the cleaner residual water from using Krya detergent. The fact that the residue in the pouch can be used to compost has given one more push to start my own compost bin. Thanks Krya for showing us a healthy, sustainable and environment friendly way of living!!

To buy or Not to Buy
To Buy

If you are interested in a 100% certified organic laundry detergent which will never harm your health and environment, then Krya detergent is your best bet. It will leave your clothes cleaner and softer while never affecting the ecosystem in a negative way.

Not to Buy

If you think that Rs 290/- for a 400 gm product is expensive then think of it like this. Each box will last for around 40 washes which works out to be around Rs 7 per load which is definitely economical. When you think of the added advantages in the form of healthy and eco friendly living the cost definitely outweighs the benefits.

Where to Shop

You can shop for Krya natural detergent from their website Krya.in which has the facility of credit card, debit card and internet banking payments. Delivery is Free anywhere in India.

Connect with Krya

Want to know more about Krya? Then log on to the facebook page of Krya where you can learn more about environmentally sustainable practices and products.

GIVEAWAY
The folks at Krya are happy to giveaway three packs of Krya Natural Detergents to the readers of The Mom Views.

All you need to do is to write a comment about any one eco friendly measure you practice in your daily life or any eco friendly product you use in daily life.

The best three comments will win one pack of Krya Natural Detergent each.

The last day to enter the giveaway is 11th December 2012.

{ The giveaway is open to Indian Residents only}

So hurry up and tell us about any eco-friendly lifestyle measure in comments below and

you stand to win this wonderful product for your home.

Disclosure: I received packets of Krya detergent powder for review purposes only. All opinions and thoughts are 100% honest.