Soap Nuts are a FRUIT that will get your laundry clean. It's TRUE! Soap Nuts are the fruit of a tree (Sapindus Mukorossi), found primarily in the Himalayas, and they are an EXCELLENT alternative to traditional laundry detergents. There are two main varieties: sapindus trifoliatus (The Small Soap Nut) and sapindus mukorossi (The Large Soap Nut). The Large Soap Berry is the most commonly used in cleaning, but both varieties are quite effective. How are soap nuts prepared for use in your wash? They are simply harvested then dried in the sun. They are 100%, totally natural. They are organically grown and are free of harsh chemicals, so they are incredibly gentle on clothes AND skin.They are especially great for those with sensitive skin—including babies and those that suffer from allergies, eczema, and psoriasis! They're totally biodegradable, so they're better for the environment than regular detergent,and they're antimicrobial, so they're even good for septic and gray water systems! Soapy substances called saponins are found in the outer shells of soap nuts. These saponins have the effect of soap when mixed with water. Each fruit of the soap nut tree contains one, two or three seeds and the fruit itself has a leathery texture and a yellowish or blackish color. They are used frequently, both medicinally and as detergents. If you hear any expert talking about renewable detergents, then it is soap nuts that they are referring to. These tiny fruits that grow on soap nut trees are actually very useful for many purposes.
For Natural Laundry Soap, you can use them in one of two ways:
Soap nuts are perfect for HE (high efficiency) and front load washers as they do not create many suds! Just remember to put whole soap nuts, in a cloth bag, in the drum of the machine. Soap nuts liquid can go in the detergent drawer.
Both the Laundry Castile Soap and the Soap Nuts work in an HE washing machine. We have one–my husband uses the Laundry Castile Soap; I prefer the easy Soap Nuts. Both clean very well and your clothes will last longer as well.
We recommend using warm or hot water. Virus and bacteria are not killed in cold water.
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