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

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

For hand wash

  1. Put a tablespoon of Krya detergent directly into a bucket and turn the tap on.
  2. The Krya detergent will foam as the water falls on it.
  3. Soak your laundry in the detergent water for about 20 minutes before starting your wash.
  4. 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.

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  1. hey swapna,
    quite an interesting product to be used.. especially with products in the markets these days..I would definitely love to try this product..
    to enlist only 1 eco friendly measure i practice in my daily life is quite difficult coz i make a conscious effort to be eco friendly.. one of my daily activities include to reduce paper wastage, recycyle..
    can i list more options ?? :)
    love the site btw :)

    • Hey Nidhi! Good to know that you live an eco-conscious life on a daily basis. Would love any more options you give and thanks for entering the giveaway!!

  2. Hey Swapna,

    Another great giveaway.

    I read about the ‘Krya’ in economic times a little while ago and was glad to see their eco friendly business had a lot of takers..We’ll love to try this natural detergent even if we don’t win it in the giveaway.

    One of the many eco friendly measures that we take is that we make our own cleaning solutions using vinegar, water, baking soda and some cinamon and stay away from cleaners like collins etc.

    One of the many eco friendly products that we use Forest Essentials hair cleansers..Moreover we like to like an eco friendly life…atleast as far as possible by staying frugal on fuel, power, water, consumption.

    Mayank.
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    • Hey Mayank!! I am so glad you entered the giveaway cos I know how much effort you guys put in living an eco-friendly life. I am sure Krya will be a great addition to all the wonderful products you already use. Thanks for the tip regarding the cleaning solution.

  3. What a great product! Where can one purchase it from >
    Nidhi’s recent fabulous post…Christmas fun & gamesMy Profile

    • Hey Nidhi you can purchase it from Krya’s website mentioned in the post. And with a simple comment about any eco-friendly measures you do or any eco friendly product you use, you can win a pack of Krya’s detergent in our giveaway too!!

  4. Currently all the waste water from my water purifier goes to soaking clothes to hand wash, mop floors or only for ornamental plants. i am hesitant to use them on my potted herbs and veggies. if the water from machine wash using kyra is chemical free, it would be great for all plants in my balcony!

    • Oh yes! You can totally use it to water plants. I do and it has not killed any of mine yet. Veggies I might avoid but other house plants should be good. And what an awesome idea to use water purifier water for recycling!! Thanks Sita! :)

  5. Swaps, I loved their product and your review :)…
    I just started using it for Lv and would love to get my refill box! :)

    Having a mom who believes in recycling…few things my mum does was making her own washing powder …though i know how to make it but prefer kyra … keeping in mind today’s busy life ya!…

    And we also avoid collin in Lv’s room & play area…and make one by using water, vinegar and rose water!!!!

    • Thanks Vandana for such a lovely comment. Wow! Your mom makes her own washing powder!! I have got to get that recipe from you. And I think your idea to make your own cleaner especially for your daughter’s room is brilliant. I will be trying this soon.

  6. We make our own compost with discarded peels of vegetables – economical, eco-friendly & organic!

    • Great Sneha! I have been thinking of starting a compost bin myself. Given that we have a veggie garden it is a must.

  7. deepika mehta says:

    knowing to the fact that Of all the water in the world, only 3% is fresh. Less than one third of 1% of this fresh water is available for human use. The rest is frozen in glaciers or polar ice caps, or is deep within the earth. I CONTRIBUTE MY BIT BY SAVING WATER BY FOLLOWING THIS STEPS – 1.)Never leave a tap dripping 2.)avoid using a garden sprinkler 3.) Use cold, waste water to wash out jars for recycling 4.)use the washing machine and dishwasher with a full load – even half-load programmes use more than half the water of a full load. 5.)Collect rain water as much as possible 6.)Wash the car with a sponge and bucket – a hosepipe uses far too much water.. this steps will contribute in saving water.

    • Thanks for the washing machine tip Deepika. I am guilty of using the washing machine on the quick wash program sometimes but never realized that it uses the same amount of water as a full load. All the tips are very relevant and useful indeed!

  8. shilpa bindlish says:

    hi dear Swapna

    Me n my hubby are honestly very much into a regular practice of being Eco-friendly in life. Rather my hubby says when we do certain things out of obligation also, even then it becomes our second nature then to act n react in that manner. Bcoz of this healthy habit, now we are contributing our li’l effort that helps keeping our surroundings clean & worth breathing safe.

    I wud like to admire an eco-friendly product that i’m using regularly on daily basis i.e. Organic soaps and oils from SoulFlower India, which are not only hand-made, but use natural ingredients that don’t damage my extremely sensitive skin.
    Though these also cost much more than chemical based products available in market, but i believe its better to invest at the right time and for right cause. Can’t afford to spoil my skin at all ;)

    In the same manner, Krya Natural Detergent Powder is also a blessing in disguise for all of us. I’m sure this natural detergent wud help saving us from those unseen skin diseases too that are caused due to cheap quality powders n soaps :) Well Done Preethi and Srinivas ji :D

    • Your hubby is sooooo right Shilpa. If we start following something religiously it will surely become a habit soon. I have used Soulflower products too an you are right about the price and quality factor. After all in the long run what’s a few bucks to protect your self from harmful chemicals. I am sure Preethi and Srinivas will love your compliments for Krya. :)

  9. domestic diva says:

    We use cloth instead of paper (towels, napkins, handkerchiefs, diapers, wipes, etc.).

  10. I strongly believe in recycling paper. From the obvious of recycling newspapers, I always save gift wrappers and reuse them. 2) if I run out of gift papers, then I use newspapers. 3) I use my husbands discarded visiting cards and stick the front side ( where the matter is written) back to back so both blank sides can be used as notes, next to the phone, in the kitchen to pen down random things. 4) we save all our postal envelopes and recycle them. We never buy fresh envelopes. 5) we recycle wedding cards – cut out the motif in the cards – Ganeshya or any such symbol and use to decorate during festivals and giving gifts 6) and of course never ask for carry bags anywhere- be it at the grocer or at a high end mall.

  11. I believe in saving water. It generally see that all my taps are close tightly after every use.I wash vegetables in a container and not by using running water.For bathing also we use buckets and not showers.I gnerally water the plants in the day time as in the noon it requires more water.

  12. I have always been very close to nature thanks to my brother who took me to trekkings with him and it made me a eco-friendly person, we practice lot of eco-friendly things in our home and one of them is that we use organic food and products, specially in spices and skincare products. other than this my mom uses vinegar and lemon to clean lot of things rather than using harmful chemicals

  13. shilpa bindlish says:

    waiting to know whoz gonna take the useful gift home ;)

  14. Great blog you have provided here regarding the eco friendly product. These products are biodegradable and are safe to children and pets.

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